Over 20,000 “concerned citizens” have signed a petition in a bid to prevent Adam Lambert from performing in Singapore on New Year’s Eve.
The opposition to Lambert performing at the Countdown 2016 concert are based in of his “promotion of LGBT rights” and so-called “sexualised” performances. The Countdown concert is an annual New Years event and is also televised.
A petition, which closed having reached its target of 20,000 backers, states that the singer is “hardly the kind of performer to send off our historic Jubilee year” and calls on the government and concert organisers’ MediaCorp to remove Lambert from the bill.
“Singaporeans can enjoy a good show with their consciences being affronted by lewd acts in the name of entertainment.
“In addition, a simple online search would reveal that he is well-known for his active promotion of a highly sexualised lifestyle and LGBT rights, [both] of which are contrary to mainstream Singaporean values.”
Lambert himself has since backed a rival petition started in defence of his booking. This petition reached over 24,000 signatures and subsequently closed, with organisers saying they had made their point.
Lambert shared a link to this petition on his Facebook page, and wrote: “I am a uniter, not a divider, and I believe in celebrating the human heart and spirit… the tour is based primarily on new material, and it promises to be a thoughtful and sophisticated insight into the pursuit of happiness and self-worth.”