Fargo area deejay apologizes for remarks about Adam Lambert controversy
John Austin, DJ and station manager at Bob 95 FM, apologized Wednesday for a comment he made on-air Monday morning about singer Adam Lambert's controversial Sunday performance on the American Music Awards.
Austin related the AMAs with HIV/AIDS. His comments got the attention of Pride Collective and Community Center members and other groups that interpreted the remarks as equating the disease with homosexuality.
Lambert is an openly gay singer. He was the second-place finisher on this past season of "American Idol."
In Austin's apology, which can be heard at http://rogerevan.com/B95/bob95.mp3, Austin didn't repeat his comments but tried to make amends.
"I am very sorry. I made an inappropriate remark about the American Music Awards. I realized as soon as I said it that I shouldn't have," Austin said Wednesday morning. "For those of you hurt by my words, I sincerely apologize."
Austin said Radio Fargo Moorhead, which operates Bob 95, would help publicize local AIDS awareness, education, testing and fundraising events.
"Hopefully some good can come from all of this," he said.
Joshua Boschee, president of the Pride Collective & Community Center, condemned Austin's initial comments but accepted and was happy with the apology.
Tuesday is World AIDS Day. Clint Lende, executive director of the MinnKota Health Project, which provides support for those living with HIV/AIDS, said Austin's words hurt but could help the learning process.
"Let's turn this into a positive thing," Lende said.
The group has speakers planned for events Tuesday and Wednesday at Minnesota Community and Technical College.
Meanwhile, Lambert, too, was speaking out Wednesday about the sexually charged performance, which sparked public complaints.
Lambert admitted he got carried away but said he's offering no apology. He said on "The Early Show" that his performance would not have caused as much controversy if he weren't openly gay.
"I admit I did get carried away, but I don't see anything wrong with it," he said Wednesday. "I do see how people got offended and that was not my intention. My intention was to interpret the lyrics of my song and have a good time with it."