ABC OK with a man who beat a woman, not OK with a man who kissed a man

Last week ABC canceled Adam Lambert’s scheduled appearance on Good Morning America after he *shock* *gasp* kissed another man during his 11pm performance at the American Music Awards. But the network is going ahead with an interview with Chris Brown, who beat his then-girlfriend Rihanna (the link is to a New York Post story – the publication has a terrible track record on a lot of issues, and even they seem bothered by this move).
Does ABC understand the statement this choice makes? Their actions say that a man who is known to have abused a woman deserves a chance to tell his story, but a man who who has kissed another man and received simulated oral sex from a man in a theatrical performance does not. Basically, this programming decision suggests the network thinks it’s worse for them to be associated with gay male sexuality than with a straight male perpetrator of relationship violence.
Regarding the cancellation of Adam Lambert’s appearance, an ABC insider told the New York Post:

“He was not canceled over a gay kiss. He showed himself to be unpredictable on live TV.”

I’m particularly disgusted by the explanation for why ABC is giving Chris Brown access to such a public platform:

The top ABC insider added: “Chris Brown’s interview was booked way before Adam Lambert took to the stage. It is to give him a chance to respond to Rihanna’s interview…”

Talk about taking the media obsession with giving two opposing views on a story way too far. I’m pretty sure I got more of Chris Brown’s story than I needed to hear from his public “apology.” No, I don’t think a man who beat a woman should be given a “chance to respond” after she is brave enough to tell her story. I have no interest in another pseudo-apology as part of the ongoing campaign to save Chris Brown’s career.
ABC has at least decided they will not give Chris Brown the chance to perform a song. Of course, a performance would have just been the most obvious way the appearance served as an advertisement for Chris Brown’s music. He still gets the platform of an interview on a major network, which will now also be shown on 20/20, to put himself in the public eye.
Adam Lambert, on the other hand, lost his chance to promote his career on ABC the moment he locked lips with another man during his AMA performance. Lambert actually has some valuable things to say to a mainstream TV audience about reaction to his performance. His voice should be heard in this moment, but ABC is more comfortable tacitly supporting the homophobes who want Adam Lambert silenced.
You can contact ABC to let them know how you feel about this decision here.
Since ABC won’t give him the chance to speak on their network, let alone perform again, I’m including the music video for Adam Lambert’s “For Your Entertainment” after the jump (hey, isn’t that the guy he kissed at the AMAs rubbing up on Glambert toward the end of the video?)

Lyrics can be found here.

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Jos Truitt is Executive Director of Development at Feministing. She joined the team in July 2009, became an Editor in August 2011, and Executive Director in September 2013. She writes about a range of topics including transgender issues, abortion access, and media representation. Jos first got involved with organizing when she led a walk out against the Iraq war at her high school, the Boston Arts Academy. She was introduced to the reproductive justice movement while at Hampshire College, where she organized the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program’s annual reproductive justice conference. She has worked on the National Abortion Federation’s hotline, was a Field Organizer at Choice USA, and has volunteered as a Pro-Choice Clinic Escort. Jos has written for publications including The Guardian, Bilerico, RH Reality Check, Metro Weekly, and the Columbia Journalism Review. She has spoken and trained at numerous national conferences and college campuses about trans issues, reproductive justice, blogging, feminism, and grassroots organizing. Jos completed her MFA in Printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute in Spring 2013. In her "spare time" she likes to bake and work on projects about mermaids.

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