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Protesters In Singapore Try To Ban Adam Lambert Concert: “He Is Known For Sexualized Lifestyle”

A movement has started to disinvite the out singer from a New Year's concert.

Protestors in Singapore are urging promoters to cancel the upcoming Adam Lambert concert on New Year’s Eve, citing the “Ghost Town” singer’s “active promotion of a highly sexualized lifestyle and LGBT rights, which are contrary to mainstream Singaporean values.”

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A petition launched on Wednesday calls for Lambert to be disinvited to the annual New Year countdown concert at Marina Bay produced by broadcast company MediaCorp.

“His track record displays a flagrant disregard for the sensitivities of his audience — including whether or not children are watching,” reads the complaint. “Singaporeans can enjoy a good show without their consciences being affronted by lewd acts in the name of entertainment.”

Signed by “concerned citizens, concerned parents [and] concerned individuals,” the petition has amassed 16,016 signatures in three days.

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“We do not need this guy who even USA banned to countdown to 2016 for Singapore,” wrote one signee.. “[It’s] misleading our young men and women to believe that Singapore accepts those acts!”

A counter-petition launched Thursday is asking to allow Lambert to perform, “to demonstrate to the whole world that Singapore is a country that shuns discrimination and promotes diverse inclusive points of view.”

This petition has attracted 16,788 signatures.

“For a country that prides itself for its multiculturalism and racial harmony, I do not think that discrimination of any form should be tolerated,” wrote one signee.

Another wrote, “[I] don’t care for Adam Lambert but I support the right of Singaporeans to choose whether to watch him or to change the channel.”

Lambert has performed in Singapore before, most recently in 2013. That show, at the Star Performing Arts Center, received complaints because the venue was owned by the National Council of Church of Singapore.

h/t: Mashable

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.
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