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Watch: Adam Lambert Says What Madonna Didn't of Lil Nas X's BET Awards Gay Kiss

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Wednesday June 30, 2021

Lil Nas X's BET Awards performance on Sunday is still making the rounds and the headlines for all the right reasons and a few wrong ones.

After laying a kiss on one of his male backup dancers, Nas X's performance quickly sparked a conversation about homophobia in the Black community while other Twitter users celebrated the performance as being one of Nas X's best performances yet.

On the celeb front, Madonna said "#DidItFirst" about the performance and was quickly dragged for thinking her famously kissing Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera onstage had the same significance.

However, Adam Lambert was a little more supportive and celebratory, reported Billboard. The "American Idol" star said the kiss was "hot" and "what we want our pop stars to do."

"I mean, he's really giving it to us. I think he is definitely like the gay pop star that is 2021 — he's bold, he's controversial, he's pushing boundaries," he said. "That's what we want our pop stars to do. It's just taken this long to have it be a gay one."

In the same breath, Lambert also urged fans to stand behind the "Old Town Road" singer through any homophobic backlash, comparing how doors closed for him when he also lip-locked with a male dancer during a performance.

"I was pulled off of ABC for a little while," Lambert said. "They were freaked out, they had Christian parent groups writing in, the censors were freaked out. The thing I found so funny was like, 'Censors? It's a kiss! When was that indecent?'"

Differing reactions to the two performance might foretell progress for LGBTQ acceptance or at least an elimination of a few double standards when it comes to straight and gay showings of affection, says Lambert.

"If it's par for the course for a female pop star to put on a performance like that, then why can't a gay male pop star do the same?" Lambert said. "I hope that double standard is very clear to people."

Watch Lambert's performance below.