Will coming out affect the success of Adam Lambert?

  • silverfox

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    Jun 29, 2009 11:01 PM GMT


    http://www.advocate.com/news_detail_ektid94162.asp


    From THE ADVOCATE

    June 29, 2009


    Simmons: Lambert Killed Career By Coming Out

    KISS front man Gene Simmons said in a recent interview that Adam Lambert's decision to come out will kill his career.

    "He killed his career because now the conversation is not about his talent but about his sexual preference," he told AOL. "He's done.

    "I hope I'm completely wrong. I hope he becomes the next Beatles and proves me wrong. Adam was fantastic. What a powerful and attractive man he is. He can come on tour whenever he’d like."

    The American Idol runner-up is currently putting the finishing touches on his debut album, due in stores this fall.



    Personally, I think it is a different time and state of mine since the homophobia days of the KISS generation. However, I think Adam Lambert's career will be impacted by coming out. It may not take the same path that it might have been if he was closeted....and it may be his choice. I do believe his traditional CD sales career might not be as big, but I think he is going to be (as I have said before) a huge Las Vegas star........perhaps the biggest of all time.

    What do you think?
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    Jun 29, 2009 11:35 PM GMT
    Who is Adam Lambert? icon_eek.gif
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    Jun 30, 2009 12:28 AM GMT
    Considering that I found him to be one of the most annoying singers ever, I wouldn't think his sexual orientation will hurt him. Many out singers enjoy successful careers: Melissa Etheridge, Pet Shop Boys, Morrissey, etc.

    They're not Beyonce, but I doubt he would have been anyway.
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    Jun 30, 2009 12:32 AM GMT
    why do we care so much??
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    Jun 30, 2009 12:32 AM GMT
    Not at all...it's going to be all about the music / videos he puts out that will determine his success and staying power. His market doesn't care about his sexual orientation as they did back in the day when Simmons/Kiss were at their peak.

    I think that his coming out during American Idol would have been unnecessary and distracted from the actual contest, but Adam was only stating the obvious....not to compare but I think Clay Aikens came off as deceptive by coming out later in his career and Adam wanted to prevent that.
  • DrobUA

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    Jun 30, 2009 12:35 AM GMT
    Haha I don't think it was a surprise to anyone so I'm gonna say no.
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    Jun 30, 2009 12:35 AM GMT
    I dont think so. Good music is good music. I think the majority of the people that voted for him pretty much knew he was gay anyway.
  • silverfox

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    Jun 30, 2009 12:40 AM GMT
    lilTanker saidwhy do we care so much??



    Well....for starters Tanker I think it an interesting to ponder whether a star coming out today would have an easier time (or harder) maximizing their success compared to stars coming out years ago.

    And...well....I wasn't sure what I felt when I read that article and I wanted to hear from others icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 30, 2009 12:52 AM GMT
    To be honest he shouldn't have come out. When people ask about a singer or hi/her talent, the first question isn't "Straight, bi, or gay"? Sexually isn't everything. But, coming out was a brave thing for Adam to do. I'm sure it took alot of pressure off his back; As it also did in my case.
  • DrewT

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    Jun 30, 2009 12:55 AM GMT
    I doubt it. I'm sure lots of gays will line up, and girls hoping to turn him straight.

    Besides since when do we care about sexual orientation? If you watch porn most of the guys are straight. Girls will have their fantasies of Mr. Lambert.

    Before he came out, what do you think the topic of conversation was about? His talent?
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    Jun 30, 2009 12:55 AM GMT
    Tallwithgunz09 saidTo be honest he shouldn't have come out. .


    OH Tall! Of course he should have. Being gay is never going to be normalized if people tip toe around all the time.
  • scott0612

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    Jun 30, 2009 1:03 AM GMT
    I believe Adam Lambert came out at this point to STOP the inquiries regarding his sexuality. When his album comes out in the fall, the focus can then be on his talent and not be overshadowed by any lingering questions about his homosexuality. So no, I don't think it will hurt his career. I think he is a smart guy.
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    Jun 30, 2009 1:25 AM GMT
    His sexual preference has nothing to do with his talent or rather lack of.

    Either you got it or you don't. It's that simple and his sexual being will in no way, shape or form inhibit him especially in in the music bizz where people could care less about who your banging versus how many records did you sell.

    Heck if anything you would think him coming out would help increase sales and boost his popularity.
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    Jun 30, 2009 1:33 AM GMT
    Yes, being gay is going to affect his career for the worst. Just how many less cds he will sell, no one knows

    The fact that he came out doesn't mean anything because everyone already knew he was gay from those burning man pics...I also saw an interview of him from the top 36 when he said that his favorite female singers were the "divas" (Madonna, Cher or whatever) *so gay*
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    Jun 30, 2009 1:34 AM GMT
    silverfox1 saidWell....for starters Tanker I think it an interesting to ponder whether a star coming out today would have an easier time (or harder) maximizing their success compared to stars coming out years ago.

    of course it will be easier and he'll be the gay singer, his talent will be placed behind his sexuality when he is talked about, sure, singers who have come out have had a moderately successful career more so women then men, but many of them are stigmatised by a large section of the public..

    Of course there is something to be said about being honest with your self and with everyone, but there is also something with it being unimportant, I can find a guy hot because he's got an amazing voice, I don't care if he's gay or straight, he's hot.. I could care less about someone sexuality and I could care less that he's gay, if he's got talent, so be it, but him telling the world he's gay.. does it really matter?

    and from what I've heard of his voice I'm uninspired by him anyway.. which really could be having an effect on me shrugging my shoulders and wondering what all the hoopla is about..

    its like when it was announced dumbledore was gay.. really who cares
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    Jun 30, 2009 1:41 AM GMT
    a star? what star? who is he? what movie was he in? he won't be making another one anytime soon unless it's for logo then
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    Jun 30, 2009 3:32 AM GMT
    lilTanker saidwhy do we care so much??



    agreed!
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    Jun 30, 2009 5:36 AM GMT
    Honestly who truly cares? Give the man his due respect for putting on a phenomenal show on AI. No one on there could match his vocal prowess or onstage theatrics. The guys deserves all of the credit in the world for his talent not sexual preference. I'm more than certain with the SUPPORT of the gay community and those who watched his performances week after week his record sales will be more than decent. Let the boy enjoy his sexual freedom and lets celebrate his amazing talent!
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    Jun 30, 2009 5:55 AM GMT
    It will be hard to measure, what AI idol has a really sustained career? there will be some sales now, and then dwindle off, being gay affects every career in some manner. will it be appreciable here, probably not, there are dozens of equally talented performers on broadway, the over the top, campy, style of Adam will be his ultimate downfall.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jun 30, 2009 6:00 AM GMT
    No way...I'm betting he'll be the biggest artist to come out of American Idol yet. I don't think anyone was the least bit surprised, or did they really care, that he's gay. Who knows, it may even help him.
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    Jun 30, 2009 6:06 AM GMT
    I don't know about 'killing his career', and I've never seen his performances either. But in a word: yes.

    Probably not as drastic as ending his career, but his audience will certainly narrow down or shift to something more specialized: LGBT friendly and LGBT people.
  • rvdredrocks

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    Jun 30, 2009 6:29 AM GMT
    hybrid69 saidHonestly who truly cares? Give the man his due respect for putting on a phenomenal show on AI. No one on there could match his vocal prowess or onstage theatrics. The guys deserves all of the credit in the world for his talent not sexual preference. I'm more than certain with the SUPPORT of the gay community and those who watched his performances week after week his record sales will be more than decent. Let the boy enjoy his sexual freedom and lets celebrate his amazing talent!

    Well said! Coming out certainly hasn't hurt Elton John's career either.
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    Jun 30, 2009 6:37 AM GMT
    definitely. he's going to be much more successful now.
  • Webster666

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    Jun 30, 2009 6:48 AM GMT
    You mean that there was even one person who didn't already know that he was gay ?

    He appears to have a huge amount of talent.
    That can transcend anything else.
  • junknemesis

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    Jun 30, 2009 7:01 AM GMT
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    Meh. Who cares? The real suprise would be that anyone was surprised by him coming out in the first place. He wasn't exactly hiding it well.