Adam Lambert has remained defiant in the face of an anti-gay petition demanding Singaporean broadcaster MediaCorp cancel his performance at a New Year’s Eve concert in the lion city.
The petition, signed by 20,000 people, claims the openly gay singer is ‘well-known for his active promotion of a highly sexualized lifestyle and LGBT rights, both of which are contrary to mainstream Singaporean values.’
Fighting Homophobia one song at a time.
— ADAM LAMBERT (@adamlambert) November 27, 2015
But Lambert has since confirmed that he will still perform in the televised gala.
‘My performance at Celebrate 2016 will not only be a spectacular one, it will celebrate the entire human family in all its diversity,’ he said in a statement via Warner Music Singapore.
‘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.’
A counter petition supporting the Queen frontman garnered nearly 25,000 signatures.
‘The opposing petition have lost, Adam is still going to do the concert,’ its orgazniers wrote.
‘The only thing the opposing side has accomplished is embarrassing themselves and the groups that promoted their petition. This is a clear message to those people that their homophobic and discriminatory ways are not welcome in Singapore.’