Clay Aiken: Criticism of Adam Lambert Taken The Wrong Way. Never Actually Said American Idol Runnerup Was “Too Gay”
Clay Aiken may wish he never opened his mouth or his blog. Aiken, who finished second to Ruben Studdard in 2003, blasted this season’s runner-up on his blog deriding Lambert’s version of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” as “contrived,” “awful,” “slightly frightening,” and added “Omigod, who dressed that boy?”
Aiken now writes that his comments were just meant to be colorful.
“Yes, I wrote that I thought my ears would bleed when I heard it,” admitted Aiken. “But I never meant that they actually bled because Adam’s atrocious performance. I just happen to be shaving when I heard him and cut my ear. The bleeding was just as much my fault as Adam’s.”
“As far as allowing himself to be photographed kissing boys, that’s a different story. There’s such a thing as coming out of the closet too early. I waited until my third album before I came out, and I certainly didn’t do it during a song. When Adam sang “Ring of Fire” I didn’t no whether the Ring or Lambert was flaming more.
Aiken claims that some of his comments were taken out of context.
“When I said that ‘I like a cigar just as much as the next guy, but I take it out of my mouth once in a while,’ I wasn’t referring to Adam’s gayness any more than Groucho Marx was.”
The comments by Aiken were applauded by Claymates (Aiken fans) and derided by Adamaddicts (Lambert fans), but Clayadams (fans of both singers) said they “could go both ways,” then made a snare drum sound.
Asked for response, a Lambert representative refused to discuss the Aiken’s comments, only saying that, “I hope Clay enjoys Adam’s rendition of (Aiken’s) ‘This Is The Night’. Can you say ‘Sex Pistols’? Really, can you say it? There’s so many s’s that I tend to lisp and I’ve never even been a runner up on American Idol.”