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Is Adam Lambert’s sexuality getting in the way?

by Danielle Berrin

August 4, 2009 | 7:43 pm

First it was bras and panties, familiar tokens of affection in the world of music fandom. But this afternoon, things kicked up a notch when it was reported that Adam Lambert fans were hurling sex toys on stage during the singer’s performance.

Lambert has been traveling the country performing for the American Idol Summer Tour and has since experienced all kinds of peculiar fan behavior. But not like this.

“It’s going further, and somebody threw onstage a red-leather tasseled whip,” he told E! Online. “Yeah, and then the next night, I got one that was made out of, like, purple fur. It’s getting really S&M.”

Sounds like Lambert fans are taking his candid, carefree approach to sexuality very seriously. 

Gene Simmons, star of the band Kiss, saw this coming. No stranger to the world of sex and rock-and roll, Simmons told AOL that Lambert made a mistake coming out to Rolling Stone magazine last June.

“He’s enormously talented, best talent ‘American Idol’ has had, but I think he killed his career because now the conversation is not about his talent but about his sexual preference. He’s done,” Simmons, who performed with Lambert during the American Idol finale, said earlier this summer.

“Life is unfair, and the masses don’t all live in L.A. They live in Wisconsin and Nebraska, and you’re on crack if you think the same rules apply there. My advice is still the same, shut the f*** up, just sing and let people say whatever they want.”

Simmons said that the world is homophobic and not prepared to accept a singer, like Lambert, on talent alone.

“But I do wish him the best because he’s got all the talent in the world…I would be the first one to vote for equal rights for gay women and men, and get the church and the state to stop telling everybody how to lead their lives,” he said. “But do I think he’s killed his career? Oh, in an instant. I hope I’m completely wrong. I hope he becomes the next Beatles and proves me wrong.”

More Adam Lambert on Hollywood Jew:
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Danielle Berrin writes the Hollywood Jew blog, a cutting edge, values-based take on the entertainment industry for jewishjournal.com. A Los Angeles Times profile dubbed her...

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