Oh boy. This is not going to go down well.
According to The Straits Times, American gay singer Adam Lambert was asked to be removed from the artiste lineup for MediaCorp’s upcoming countdown concert. A petition was launched online and it has gathered more than 14,000 signatures.
The petition, which began on Wednesday (25th November), called the “American Idol” runner-up as an “inappropriate choice” for the show. They claimed that his performance could “turn an otherwise dignified family-friendly event into a situation that is offensive and potentially divisive”.
The petition’s creators added:
Adam Lambert is hardly the kind of performer to send off our historic Jubilee Year or to usher in the New Year.
The petition, which was started on a free petition website called iPetitions, aims to get 20,000 signatures. It is being addressed to Media Corp, the Singapore Government, and Minister for Community, Culture and Youth Grace Fu, among other organisers, partners, and sponsors of the event.
The petition cited a few incidents in which the singer was seen kissing one of the male band members on the lips during his performance at the 2009 American Music Awards. The petition also highlighted the fact that the music video for the 33-year-old singer’s latest single, “Another Lonely Night”, has featured a bunch of showgirls and male strippers performing acts of indecency”.
Lambert has been to Singapore for a couple of shows over the past 5 years. He performed at Resorts World Sentosa for a concert in 2010 and went to the Padang for his performance at the Formula One Grand Pix in 2011. He last performed in 2013 at the Star Performing Arts Centre, but the show has led people expressing their dissatisfaction to the National Council of Churches Singapore.
A counter petition was recently created in support of Lambert performing at the 2016 New Year’s countdown concert. As of time of writing, the petition has gathered over 11,000 signatures.
What do you guys think of the petition? Do you think it’s necessary? Leave your thoughts in the comment box below.