I normally love Barbara Walters, and for years I've tuned into her annual 10 Most Fascinating People special. (I still remember the one where she interviewed Demi Moore during the Striptease years and Barbara asked Demi to teach her some stripping moves. Dear God, you know?)
Last night's edition, however, really got my blood boiling. Half-way through I was enraged and ready to go all Michael Moore on Barbara's ass and call ABC to try and hunt her down for a little corrective heart-to-heart chit chat.
Barbara opened the show with a great interview with the ever-amazing Lady Gaga.
Love, love, love Gaga. She is doing absolutely everything right with her career and has yet to make a single misstep.
Barbara? Not so much in that category. Especially once the Adam Lambert interview began.
Babs opened the Lambert segment by talking about his performance at the AMAs, which involved Adam briefly kissing a male keyboardist. She said the footage was too controversial to be shown again on her special.
What's the big problem?
The big problem is that during the Gaga interview Barbara showed music video footage of Gaga making out with a woman. Then Adam's interview came on, and suddenly the same-sex kiss is just way too hot for TV.
Oh hell no.
A few years ago the Britney and Madonna kiss was all over the front page of The Post and everyone feigeds shock while turning to page three for more details and pictures, but then Adam kisses a guy and that picture can't even be run in the papers, or shown on Barbara's end-of-the-year special after a same-sex female kiss was aired just minutes earlier?
Barbara owes Adam Lambert an apology, and she owes the gay community an apology.
And in that apology I hope she chooses to cop to the fact that the decisions she made on her special were both hypocritical and homophobic.