‘Idol’s’ Lambert has let fortune, fame take over

By Aimee Thibodeau, BDN Staff
Posted Nov. 26, 2009, at 8:52 p.m.

The Man on the Couch knew it was coming and he was right, once again. “American Idol” star Adam Lambert has let the fame and fortune go to his head and already is making controversial headlines.

A publicity stunt? Perhaps. But I think there’s a better chance that Lambert’s ego got the best of him. The Man on the Couch said he saw it during the “Idol” competition as soon as the judges began to praise Lambert’s vocal abilities and stage presence.

While I would never discredit him as an excellent performer, his most recent shenanigans at the American Music Awards were a little over the top. Kissing his male drummer wasn’t a big deal — after all, we’ve seen Madonna and Britney do it — but some of his other actions weren’t exactly appropriate for family TV.

In fact, I, along with 64 percent of those who participated in a CNN poll, agreed with “Good Morning America’s” decision to cancel Lambert’s live performance on the show. Let’s see if he learns his lesson and cleans up his act a little bit, although I’m not holding my breath.

On the other hand, I think criticism from a national Italian-American organization based in New Jersey regarding MTV’s scheduled “Jersey Shore” is a little over the top. While I know it’s important to be respectful (and we all know MTV isn’t always the most appropriate), reality TV can sometimes be a different beast, and offensive material typically means higher ratings.

The group is asking MTV to cancel the show, according to The Associated Press, because it depicts Italian-American beach-goers in an offensive manner.

If that’s the argument, then Bravo should cancel its numerous iterations of “Real Housewives,” “Bridezillas” should go for putting brides in a bad light, and the list could go on and on. Have we really become that sensitive?

In unrelated news, whether you’re a Martha Stewart lover or hater, you’ll appreciate an episode of “Whatever, Martha!” in which Stewart’s daughter, Alexis Stewart, and co-host Jennifer Koppleman Hutt poke fun at old episodes of “Martha Stewart Living.”

Proving that she does have a sense of humor, Martha joins them on the set to reminisce about the show and laugh along at old clips, including one in which Martha teaches viewers how to properly iron their clothes.

The episode will air at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, on the Fine Living Network (FLN).

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