Adam Lambert is scheduled to perform in Malaysia this Thursday as part of his Asian tour and a fundamentalist Muslim party in the country is protesting the event. Lambert is scheduled to play a show at the Putra Indoor Stadium in Bukit Jalil, which is near Kuala Lumpur, and as of now the singer will continue with the performance—along with some stipulations.
According to The New York Times, the Pan Malaysian Islamic Party, the country’s second biggest political party, says the concert will promote gay culture and should thus be canceled. A youth leader in the party told Reuters that 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.” The party said it plans to send many of its members to protest the concert.
The Pan Malaysian Islamic Party has protested numerous shows in Malaysia in recent years, including performances by Rihanna, Beyonce and Gwen Stefani. In May their protest of a Pitbull show had to be broken up by police, Reuters says.
Lambert’s show seems as if it will go on as scheduled. An official for the country’s arts, culture and heritage department said the singer has agreed to abide by certain performance requirements. These include not removing his clothing and keeping a space of 25 feet between himself and the audience. Lambert posted on Twitter yesterday, “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.” He also added, “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.”
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