Is Adam Lambert Too Sexy (And Gay) For This New Year’s Concert?

28 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Adam Lambert says his countdown gig will celebrate ‘diversity’.

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Adam Lambert may have been a hit on “American Idol” but rival petitions in Singapore have gathered thousands of online votes in a lively debate over whether he is too sexy to be allowed to perform at the city-state’s largest New Year’s eve concert. SINGAPORE — US entertainer Adam Lambert today (Nov 27) said that his performance at MediaCorp’s New Year’s Eve countdown show will celebrate “the entire human family in all its diversity”.According to the petition, former American Idol finalist Lambert is “hardly the kind of performer to send off our historic Jubilee year or to usher in the New Year.” Perhaps the most controversial argument in the petition is that Lambert should not perform due to his “active promotion of a highly sexualised lifestyle and LGBT rights, both of which are contrary to mainstream Singaporean values.” The petition, addressed to concert organisers Mediacorps and the Singaporean government, highlights previous performances in which Lambert “engaged in sexualised acts, including kissing a male band member on stage” and that one of his music videos featured “female showgirls and male strippers performing acts of indecency.” The petition is signed by “concerned citizens, concerned parents, concerned individuals”, but the individual or group who started the petition is unknown.

He was speaking two days after an online petition was launched to remove him from the event roster. “I am a uniter, not a divider, and I believe in celebrating the human heart and spirit,” said Mr Lambert, as at least five counter-petitions were launched to keep him in the show. PN Balji, former chief editor of Singapore newspaper Today and media consultant at RHT Comms and Relations, told CNBC: “the real reason why the petitioning group wants Adam Lambert banned from performing is his LGBT lifestyle.” Petitioners argue that booking Lambert “shows disregard for the values of a majority of family-centric Singaporeans who have consistently resisted the promotion of western liberal ideas about family values and societal models.” Balji explained to CNBC that he believes that terms such as “family-friendly”, seen in both the petition and the comments sections, have been used to disguise homophobic attitudes.

However, two rival petitions backing Lambert had gathered more than 11,000 votes by Friday arguing that allowing the performance would show that Singapore shunned discrimination and promoted diversity. He added that his show is “based primarily on new material, and it promises to be a thoughtful and sophisticated insight into the pursuit of happiness and self-worth”. State TV company Mediacorp maintained Lambert would perform, and said the televised concert would be suitable for family audiences and conform with broadcast regulations. The organisers of the counter-petition called on MediaCorp to keep Lambert in the countdown show line-up “to demonstrate to the whole world that Singapore is a country that shuns discrimination and promotes diverse inclusive points of view”.

Apart from Lambert, who held a concert at the Star Theatre here in 2013, the show will also feature performances by Singapore acts such as THELIONCITYBOY, Nat Ho and Fauzie Laily.

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