Adam, emotion on his face, while listening to the judges' comments after singing Black and White on Idol
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The LA Times article by Ann Powers about Adam Lambert's Rolling Stone interview made me think, and that's always a good thing.
I spent some time writing a comment from my heart in response to her well-written piece. I'd like to share it with you...
Thank you so much for such a fabulously-crafted article!
I'm of the "Who cares?" camp, but after thinking about it over the last few days and after reading the excerpts from Adam's interview with Rolling Stone, I realize rather shamefully that my saying, "Who cares?" is a very disrespectful way of dismissing his coming out as not important.
I couldn't be more wrong...it IS important!
Obviously, it is, considering the age we live in, when it still matters to some who a person loves and what their gender preference in a relationship is. As long as this still matters, as long as it still causes a flurry of sentiments both pro and con, then there is definitely still work to be done.
So, you taught me a very important lesson today, Ann.
More strikingly, Adam Lambert, you've taught me a very important life lesson with your incredible courage and your intelligent and deeply thoughtful interview. What I learned from you is this...as long as there is one soul in this world who feels the need, and believes they have the right, to judge someone else for the life they lead and the people they love, that means there is bias and prejudice that needs to be addressed.
That is troublesome to me.
It makes my heart hurt.
It causes me to go back to the basics of showing kindness to your neighbour and giving unconditional love to your fellow human being. When we have evolved to that nirvana where all of us are completely comfortable with the highest degree of kindness and love that we shower down upon each other, then and only then will I have the right to say, "Who cares?" because then and only then, will it truly not matter.
Game on, Adamski, game on!
I'm immensely proud of you...the boy who fell magically and mysteriously to Earth.
"I've finally checked in to my self-worth for the first time in my life, and the fact that it has coincided with 'Idol' is so sweet.
I mean, I still have moments where I think, 'Oh, my skin is terrible, and I'm a little fat, I should really go to the gym more.'
But for the most part, when I look in the mirror now, I finally see someone who can do something cool."
Adam and Kara, after the Young Hollywood Artist of the Year award presentation
Photo credit YHA