I didn't watch the American Music Awards live, because frankly--who does? I did see all the shock, horror and general over-reaction to his performance afterwards. So, somewhat curious, I looked it up online.
And boy was I underwhelmed. Even taking into account the cut-aways you have a performance for an adult audience that includes some guys in pseudo-harnesses, a head in the groin area, and a kiss. The only bit I found at all uncomfortable it when he put his hand in the crotch area of the pole-dancing women.
But seriously, Madonna did this first, didn't hide that she was trying to shock, went further and continues to do it better. The only thing that shocks me is that people were shocked by Lambert's watered down piece of amateurish choreography and that he considered afterwards that he "got carried away". Carried away what, the spirit of 80s Glamrock past? (bah, humbug).
Is just that Teh Gay just so much more shocking to a general audience, that barely blinks when Miley pole dances at the Teen Choice awards? (Something, BTW, that Madonna also does better).