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11,000 sign petition to remove gay singer Adam Lambert from New Year’s Eve concert in Singapore

11,000 sign petition to remove gay singer Adam Lambert from New Year’s Eve concert in Singapore

An online petition has been launched to demand organizers to remove gay pop star Adam Lambert who has been booked to headline a large scale New Year’s Eve countdown concert in Singapore, and which would be aired live on television.

The petition, which is addressed to concert organizer and state broadcaster Mediacorp, the government of Singapore and other event organizers, sponsors and partners, has garnered more than 11,000 signatures since it was launched on Wednesday.

It is not known who started the petition which is signed, ‘For the love of Singapore, our family and our future, Concerned citizens, Concerned parents, Concerned individuals.’

Describing the singer as a ‘performer fraught with controversy even in his home country’, it lists the American Idol Sean 8 runner-up has having ‘engaged in sexualized acts, including kissing a male band member on stage’ and ‘featur(ing) female showgirls and male strippers performing acts of indecency.’

It goes on to say, ‘Singaporeans can enjoy a good show without their consciences being affronted by lewd acts in the name of entertainment.’

The petition added that the 33-year-old star is ‘well-known for his active promotion of a highly sexualized lifestyle and LGBT rights, both of which are contrary to mainstream Singaporean values.’

Commenting on the petition, spokesperson Debra Soon, head of MediaCorp’s Family (English) and Premier Segments, said that the concert will be ‘suitable for family audiences and conform with broadcast regulations.’

Lambert has performed thrice in Singapore since 2010. His last concert in 2013 similarly attracted controversy for having the potential to promote ‘the gay lifestyle.’

A counter-petition ‘denounc(ing) and condemn(ing) the obvious sexual orientation discrimination demonstrated by the other petition’ was started in response and has attracted more than 5,000 signatures at the time of writing.

Several local media personalities have tweeted in supported of Lambert performing in Singapore.