Adam Lambert Agrees to Tone Down His Performance in Malaysia Amid Protest

October 12, 2010 02:12:41 GMT

The protest comes from the country's opposition party which demanded Adam Lambert to cancel the concert because they believed his performance is 'not good' for people in the country.

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Adam Lambert will still go ahead with his concert in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia despite facing protest from Pan Malaysian Islamic Party. The opposition party demanded the Thursday, October 14 show to be canceled because they believe it is promoting "gay culture" in the mainly Muslim country.

"Adam Lambert's shows...are outrageous, with lewd dancing and a gay performance that includes kissing male dancers, this is not good for people in our country," said PAS Youth leader Nasrudin Hasan. They even threatened to call "as many of its members and supporters" to proselytize to concertgoers if the gig still goes ahead.

Lambert, who usually treats his fans with guy-on-guy action on stage, is not happy with that, but he agrees to tone down his performance. According to Malaysia's Arts, Culture and Heritage Ministry, he has signed a contract agreeing to abide by the Ministry's rules on performances which can require foreign performers to tone down their acts to suit local sensibilities.

In a series of Twitter messages, the "American Idol" singer himself responds to the criticism, stating "While I don't believe that my glamnation tour is in any way offensive I have agreed to make a few minor adjustments out of respect for the Malaysian government. Looking forward to a fun show."

"Does my show 'promote the gay lifestyle'? It promotes living ANY lifestyle that includes the freedom to seek love and intimacy. Gay, straight, bi, young or old. It's all inclusive," he continued. "Plus, what's THE gay lifestyle? There isn't just one. There are so many different kinds of gay people. We have a variety of different lifestyles. There's not only one lifestyle lived by straight folks. Generalizing...."


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posted by kurt on Oct 13, 2010
I am so glad I don't live in Malaysia. It not the thought policing that frightens me, its how silent and beaten down the people who disagree with it are. Not that the US is much better.
posted by Lam M Y on Oct 12, 2010
Why are people so afraid Adam will corrupt their cultures, their lives when there is already so much sex and violence on TV and Internet. In fact the much blown-out-of proportion kiss is only about 3 seconds of the entire one-hour spectacular show. He is a dynamic stage actor trained since the age of ten and your pre-conception of him will take a round-about turn after you hear him sing; his persona and ethereal voice will blow you away.
posted by MyOpinionYou\'reWelc on Oct 12, 2010
Many concert performers have faced this here, and some performers have had to dress more modestly to be able to perform, such as Fergie. It sounds like the changes he made are minor and I'm just glad that the Malaysian fans will be able to see Adam's concert. Imagine how disappointed they would be if he didn't agree to make the changes to perform. I think he did the smart thing.
posted by yvonne on Oct 11, 2010
Build a bridge and get over it. Bring it on!! More glam & glitz for Australia. can't wait. This is who Adam is; get used to it.
posted by Na on Oct 11, 2010
LEAVE ADAM ALONE!!! Adam keep doing wat yur doin yur fantabulus at it and that part of the world dont agree with wat yu do but the other part LOVES it yu are the sexyies person iv ever lisened to and wach on stage i can just put yur music on and fall in the words and go with the song anyways do wat yu do best dont lisen to wat other people say or think... Asta lapasta!
posted by Pegg on Oct 11, 2010
Adam is such a fabulous entertainer and what he answers to the Maylasian's is so true...Just want him to be careful...Want to see more of his singing and shows, again...
posted by Tssskkk on Oct 11, 2010
Talk about objective journalism. Moving words around out of context to create an effect. Tssskkk!

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