Corbin Fisher Calls Out Religious Group Over Lambert Complaint
The Liberty Counsel, a 501 (c)(3) organization that advocates the traditional family life and advancing religious freedom, asked federal regulators to fine ABC for "airing such an outrageously lewd and filthy performance during a show and time period that is targeted for family audiences."
Last month, Lambert performed at the American Music Awards, kissing a male keyboardist, grinding a dancer's head against his pelvis, and grabbing the crotch of another.
In a letter to the FCC, Corbin Fisher concluded that Lambert’s performance was not obscene and that it was demonstrative of “family values.”
The San Diego-based studio also chastised Liberty Counsel, calling it "a homophobic organization dedicated to the imposition of Christian-based theocracy in the U.S., and the replacement of the rule of law with rule by superstition.”
Corbin Fisher execs on Monday said they wanted to throw its weight behind Lambert and the 1st Amendment by petitioning the FCC in favor of Lambert's performance.
"We read the complaint filed by the Liberty Counsel, a notorious homophobic organization, and we were appalled," said Brian Dunlap, COO of Corbin Fisher. "We had our general counsel review the legal claims made by this hate group and it was his conclusion that their legal position was preposterous.
"Gay Americans have had to stand by as small, but organized, groups of bigots assail us with a constant din of hate speech. It is time that those of us who are victimized by groups like the Liberty Counsel start to show our government that they aren't the only ones with a point of view."
Marc J. Randazza, general counsel for Corbin Fisher, said that Liberty Counsel has a right to show their views, “but we have a 1st Amendment right to add our voice to the marketplace of ideas.
“I believe that in the end, people who think like us will win out over the narrow minded homophobes who listen to the Liberty Counsel," he said.
Dunlap urged others to join in the campaign.
"If the FCC got more letters in support of the performance than letters against, that would send a strong message that the Liberty Counsel is out of touch with most Americans," Dunlap said.