Adam Lambert’s Singular Videos
By Thea Washington
So far we’ve seen two videos from “Trespassing,” Adam’s second album– “BTIKM” and “NCOE.” We saw three from his first album, the first the title track for the album “FYE.” Then we saw “WWFM?,” the song earning Adam his first Grammy nomination. And finally there was “IIHY,” the party anthem.
All five of these videos have something in common. They’re Adam as the über “Singular Man.”
Everyone has to admit, the videos are all stunning. Isn’t it a shame, though, that with such rich material to work with, the (current) “powers that be” are denying this amazing human being the opportunity to celebrate his totality onscreen? Their cowardliness is the real obscenity. And I do think it’s all their fault. Even if it isn’t.
There are those who contend that the depiction of a healthy gay man in a happy, fulfilling relationship will lead to the downfall of civilization. Huh? Like the rampant greed and off-shore accounts of the super-rich, unfair tax burden carried by a disappearing middle-class, deportation of manufacturing and technology jobs to other countries and illogical legislation being used to justify the buying of local and national elections have nothing to do with the downfall of civilization?
Oh, but we see two men kissing and supposedly we’re all screwed.
What’s wrong with this picture, literally? Glad you asked.
Adam says he likes to take a lyric and turn it on its head, so that the video has a “twist,” a completely different subject matter than the song suggests. OK. Just about every one we’ve seen does that. But WHY? That’s the unanswered question. Unanswered not because we can’t but because we don’t. Let’s look at what we’ve seen:
FYE. The video appears to be about Singular Man arriving on a scene of a 1930’s type, rather unusual social event. He appears to have arrived to entertain the party-goers. Even I have a different take on this one. Try seeing it as Singular Man arriving to be the one entertained. Ah ha! But really too sexual.
WWFM. Again we see Singular Man, this time yearning for the relationship of his dreams and wanting but unable to deliver what his (invisible) partner needs, the point of my rant. Also too sexual.
IIHY. Now we have a party hosted by Singular Man, who goes home that way even though night parties in the woods are the perfect place to meet a prospective partner—for some variable length of … time. (Don’t you just love innuendos?) Plus see above.
Next we come to the album “Trespassing,” (btw, it’s a great song for foreplay).
BTIKM. I’d hoped that this would be the one. You know, the one where Singular Man would actually be shown with a loving partner who has the insight to see inside him and accept all he sees? But, no. Singular Man is struggling to know himself. Uh, oh, implied sexual here.
NCOE. Singular Man as Hero, leading a revolution against the drab dysfunction of a police state to revive the people into the colorful individuals they truly are. Another btw, love that glimpse of Mr. Spencer reaching out towards Singular Man. At least SOMEBODY is connecting with him. OMG, now it’s a group!
I guess what I’m trying to say is, I’m tired of Singular Man. I want to see Couple Man, Partner Man, Hugging-and-Kissing Man. I want Happy Man, Sexual Man, In-Love Man. I want Adam as the not-obscene but über Complete Man, not just some safe, alone socialite/activist. I want the (current) “powers that be” to stop being afraid of tiny, rabid groups that claim to speak for most of America.
Think we’ll ever get that? I mean, there are lots of potential videos from “Trespassing.” It will take some time, I know. Meanwhile we can keep calling out those who supposedly are “protecting” us from ourselves.
And we’ll also keep Hoping, Man.
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