Happy holidays, everyone! Let’s ring it in with Adam Lambert and his boyfriend, Sauli Koskinen, were arrested after a drunken altercation outside a nightclub in Koskinen’s native Finland. They were subsequently released. News reports followed. As did apologetic Tweets and hamburgers or something.
So how to approach this one? These are the types of stories TopIdol loves, mainly since it will illicit asinine defenses on behalf of those damn Glamberts. Honestly, when Adam Lambert behaves badly, I’m not always rolling my eyes at him, but laughing hysterically at his over-invested fanbase.
But this was a tricky one which required a bit of thought.
First: Punches against one another were likely not thrown. So Adam Lambert probably does not abuse his boyfriend. Physical violence is nothing to laugh at. If he did punch his boyfriend, then that would be a whole other horrible matter. Unless someone has footage of punches being thrown, I’m going to give Lambert the benefit of the doubt. And the fact I’ve seen a few outside-the-club/bar-at-closing-time brouhahas in my day.
Second: Who hasn’t done something drunk and stupid? One time I slept outside my door for 3 hours. That was also the last time I spent an evening drinking champagne (that shit is the devil’s urine). Who hasn’t done something drunk and stupid outside a bar? Or at least SEEN something drunk & stupid outside of a bar. I’m the last person to pass judgment on having a chaotic night followed by a dreadful hangover. Granted, I’ve never gotten into a bar brawl but I’ve done some stupid things and a few of them past the age of 30.
But I’m not condoning Lambert’s actions. Getting into a drunken altercation with your boyfriend outside a club in Helsinki doesn’t make you edgy. It just makes you look like the guy that’s trying really hard to prove they’re edgy and different. That you’re bad ass. If you may be reported on for doing bad behavior in the international [gossip] press, you should pick & choose carefully. You don’t want to be portrayed as a trainwreck until you prove you have the talent to make being a hot mess a-ok.
Getting arrested for a drunk fight with your boyfriend doesn’t make you an alcoholic, but it doesn’t make you look good. It just makes you look like an overly-dramatic mess. For someone who claims they want to be taken seriously as an artist, your actions are working against you. While I’ve never been a fan of her voice, Xtina has often been hailed as a vocal goddess, yet she’s talked about more for her inebriated sloppiness and Snooki-like appearance than her talent. And this is a woman who’s has the awards and records to back it up.
This isn’t Lambert’s first misstep. Hell, he got kicked out of Lady Gaga’s birthday party. If you’re gonna be a trainwreck, you gotta do it right. You gotta do it once you’ve proven yourself and no matter how many people think Adam Lambert is a one-of-a-kind talent, he hasn’t achieved the sort of career milestones that get you a free pass.
Lady Gaga likely does a lot of stupid things while under the influence, but she makes headlines for her whacked costumes and um, actual music. She’s got talent. She’s devoted to her art above all else. While Amy Winehouse’s career was cut tragically short, she was a revelatory talent, one that may endure despite her tabloid infamy. Yet her messiness will always be a footnote. Lindsay Lohan’s early promise, on the other hand, would barely earn a paragraph in her obituary. It is now a non-issue. At best, in life or death, Lohan will always be remembered as a cautionary tale.
Adam Lambert, however, achieved fame in an era where talent is secondary, where entire magazines are devoted to the bad behavior of reality TV stars. Lambert is a reality TV star, but it wasn’t a show throwing a bunch of famewhores together in a house and watching them behave badly with one another. He was in a singing competition, a show that may still be a cash cow and ratings powerhouse, but one that has historically proven to not be a definite career catalyst. If you wanna build off American Idol fame, you have to have the talent to overcome the fact that you were on American f**king Idol. Just because people watch the show doesn’t mean they buy records. Most of the viewers forget your name within days of the season finale. The chances of you becoming a superstar are highly unlikely and frankly, you’re not getting multiple seasons. The cast of Jersey Shore technically has more staying power, even if they’re famous for um, just being on a reality TV show.
Lambert might be confused. Perhaps he equates reality TV notoriety to actual fame, but that doesn’t cut it when you’re a guy who sang on American Idol. It has nothing to do with being an out-and-proud gay male, although there will be people who ridicule you for this behavior and deem it “typical homosexual.” Who wants those people as fans, anyway? It has nothing to do with being gay. It has everything to do with career ambition. Because getting arrested for drunken fighting may be a typical career move for a reality TV star, it is not one for someone who claims to want a legitimate career in the music industry. And the more famous you become for being a reality TV star, the less people will ever take you or your talent seriously.