Is Adam Lam­bert too sexy to per­form in Sin­ga­pore con­certs?

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PEOPLE - FATHIN UNGKU

SIN­GA­PORE: 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.

The pe­ti­tion against Lam­bert, ad­dressed to con­cert or­gan­iser Me­di­a­corp and the gov­ern­ment, has gath­ered around 14 000 sig­na­tures to back its case that a per­for­mance by the openly gay singer did not align with Sin­ga­porean val­ues.

How­ever, two ri­val pe­ti­tions back­ing Lam­bert had gath­ered more than 11 000 votes by yes­ter­day, ar­gu­ing that al­low­ing the per­for­mance would show that Sin­ga­pore shunned dis­crim­i­na­tion and pro­moted di­ver­sity.

The con­cert or­gan­iser said it was stick­ing with Lam­bert, a run­ner-up on Amer­i­can Idol who caused con­tro­versy dur­ing his 2009 Amer­i­can Mu­sic Awards per­for­mance when he kissed his male key­board player and stim­u­lated sex­ual acts with dancers.

Sex be­tween men is il­le­gal in Sin­ga­pore.

“We urge the or­gan­is­ers of Count­down 2016 to recog­nise and re­spect the val­ues of the ma­jor­ity of Sin­ga­pore that has voiced its de­sire to pre­serve our na­tion’s moral fi­bre,” reads the protest pe­ti­tion, which was posted anony­mously by a group say­ing it rep­re­sented con­cerned par­ents.

The pe­ti­tion­ers ar­gue that hav­ing Lam­bert at the con­cert would bring a sour note to the end of the con­ser­va­tive city-state’s 50th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions.

State TV com­pany Me­di­a­corp main­tained Lam­bert, whose lat­est hit was Ghost Town, would per­form, and said the tele­vised con­cert would be suit­able for fam­ily au­di­ences and con­form with broad­cast reg­u­la­tions. – Reuters

CON­TRO­VERSY: Openly gay Adam Lam­bert has po­larised opin­ion.

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