Openly gay performer Adam Lambert has drawn the ire of anti-LGBT groups seeking to have him removed from the New Years’ Eve at Singapore’s Countdown 2016. A petition has been launched seeking to bar Lambert from performing over ‘lewd acts’ at the city state’s largest new years eve concert.
The petition against Lambert, who’s American Music Awards perormance sparked controversy in 2009, called upon the concert’s organizers MediaCorp; the Government of Singapore; Minister Grace Fu and the Ministry of Community, Culture and Youth; Esplanade Theatres on the Bay; Urban Redevelopment Authority; TGIF Bazaars and everyone else involved with the concert to stop Lambert from singing.
The petition has gathered more than 20,000 signatures to back its case that the performer should not be allowed to perform at the event., saying that the singer does not align with Singapore’s values, a country where sex between men is illegal. In an open letter they wrote:
“Adam Lambert is hardly the kind of performer to send off our historic Jubilee Year or to usher in the New Year. His track record displays a flagrant disregard for the sensitivities of his audience – including whether or not children are watching. Singaporeans can enjoy a good show without 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 sexualized lifestyle and LGBT rights, both of which are contrary to mainstream Singaporean values.
Countdown 2016 is our annual iconic, public event for Singaporeans to come together to celebrate New Year’s Eve, as one. Allowing Adam Lambert to perform as the star of Countdown 2016 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.
As parents and influencers of our young, we ask that extreme caution be exercised in selecting performers for the event. Adam Lambert is an inappropriate choice and reflects a lack of judgment that could turn an otherwise dignified family-friendly event into a situation that is offensive and potentially divisive.
We urge the Organisers of Countdown 2016 to recognize and respect the values of the majority of Singapore that has voiced its desire to preserve our nation’s moral fibre.”
A counter-petition launched by Lambert supporters, meanwhile, has gathered more than 24,000 signatures, claiming that the those that oppose having Lamber perform are anti family and anti Singapore and that their position encourages division and homophobia. The letter that they wrote reads below.
“Please allow Adam Lambert to perform in Countdown 2016 to demonstrate to the whole world that Singapore is a country that shuns discrimination and promotes diverse inclusive points of view.
The opposing petition are anti family and anti Singaporean values because their discrimination harms family members. We support real family values and real Singaporean values by being modern and inclusive.
The groups “Singaporeans United for Family” and Singapore “Focus on the Family” have been promoting discrimination against LGBT people in Singapore by promoting the “against” petition. These groups also promote divisive discrimination by repeating homophobic claims commonly found in similar United States hate groups . We think it’s time these groups truly respect all people living in Singapore and confirm they will help stop LGBT discrimination by working towards accepting and loving our LGBT family members and their natural and normal sexual orientation. Discrimination has no place in Singapore and these groups need to work towards a together Singapore not a divisive Singapore.”
According to Reuters, “State TV company Mediacorp maintained Lambert would perform, and said the televised concert would be suitable for family audiences and conform with broadcast regulations.” Warner Music Singapore have also confirmed that Adam will be performing at the New Years Eve event. Adam said in a statement: “My performance at Celebrate 2016 will not only be a spectacular one, it will celebrate the entire human family in all its diversity. I am a uniter, not a divider, and I believe in celebrating the human heart and spirit.”