GQ Tweets Adam Lambert Has “Testosterone Problems,” GLAAD Demands Apology
Foot, meet mouth! GQ Magazine took their snark one step too far in a tweet on December 13, quipping, “Rules of Street Style: If you have testosterone problems, a mustache doesn’t always help. @adamlambert”. The tweet, which has since been deleted from the account, included a link to an April photo of the openly gay American Idol winner sporting a mustache and goatee.
GLAAD quickly responded to the tweet, calling for an apology to the rock star: “.@GQfashion Being gay is not a "testosterone problem" - Apologize to @adamlambert & the gay community.” GQ then tweeted an apology: “Re: our Lambert tweet, we were thoughtless and apologize. We shouldn’t make stupid jokes about people’s testosterone. As always, we learn.”
Daryl Hannah, GLAAD’s Associate Director of News and Field Media, took to GLAAD’s blog to explain why GQ’s apology is not enough. Calling the original tweet “an opportunity to perpetuate the dangerous and false assumption that being gay is a result of a hormone imbalance,” Hannah writes, “This kind of humor isn't just bad taste and bad business, it's dangerous.” She added, “Jokes like this have no place in respectable media.”