CBS News gave Adam Lambert a platform to address what he has said is a "double standard," and in doing so they propagated one of their own.
CBS' "Early Show" hosted Lambert — after ABC's "Good Morning America" canceled his appearance — to discuss his controversial performance at Sunday's American Music Awards, where he kissed a man and simulated oral sex.
In the interview, Lambert said that he thinks the controversy shows a double standard and that it wouldn't be a story if he wasn't a gay male.
CBS blurred footage of Lambert's male-on-male kiss, but did not blur the footage of Madonna kissing Britney Spears at the MTV Video Music Awards, a move many are seeing as hypocritical.
"I think there's obviously a double standard when it comes to gay male entertainers," the Advocate's arts and entertainment editor, Jeremy Kinser, tells "Extra." "It's ridiculous they can show two women but can't show two men. I think it makes them look kind of silly. That's what's so ironic: they decided to put him on after 'Good Morning America' canceled him, and they seem really hypocritical to blur the moment that has everybody talking."
CBS has defended its decision, releasing the following statement:
"We gave this some real thought. The Madonna image is very familiar and has appeared countless times including many times on morning television. The Adam Lambert image is a subject of great current controversy, has not been nearly as widely disseminated, and for all we know, may still lead to legal consequences."
Watch this spliced footage from TMZ:
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