20,000 people sign homophobic petition to block Adam Lambert from performing in Singapore this New Year.
Adam Lambert has faced backlash after being booked to perform at Singapore's Countdown 2016 concert on News Years Eve which is televised live. The openly gay singer is being targeted for the "promotion of LGBT rights" and his "sexualized" performance style.
The petition - which we will not link to - was set up by a group of "concerned citizens and parents" who claim that the American Idol alum' is "hardly the kind of performer to send off [Singapore's] historic Jubilee year." The petition calls for the concert's producers to drop Lambert from the list of performers.
They claim that, "a simple online search would reveal that he is well-known for his active promotion of a highly sexualised lifestyle and LGTBT(sic) rights, of which are contrary to mainstream Singaporean values."
Singapore has a poor track record for the promotion of LGBTQ+ rights and sexual acts between two men are still illegal in the Asian country.
A counter petition has been set up - and at 24,000 signatures, appears to outweigh the original protest - which claims that "the moral majority of Singapore utterly denounce and condemn the obvious sexual orientation discrimination demonstrated by the other petition." The extent to which the second petition represents people from Singapore and not Lambert's fans is unknown but it offers an important take on the argument which up until now has been one-sided.
In a statement from Lambert's label, Warner Music, Adam labels himself a uniter not a divider:
"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.
I have put together an entirely new show experience for my fans that is kicking off in Singapore. The Original High 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. There is no better time for celebration than at the moment one year changes into another, so I hope you will join me to celebrate the future and 2016."
The organizers of the concert have yet to respond to the controversy.