Adam Lambert to Tone Down Show to Meet Malaysian Standards
Wed, 13 Oct 2010 09:18:43
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Out and proud former American Idol contestant Adam Lambert has agreed to tone down his onstage antics after Malaysia's Islamic opposition party threatened to protest his over-the-top stage show, where he kisses male band members. Homosexuality is a criminal offense in the country.
In an interview with The Associated Press, the singer said his "main goal is to keep people entertained — not to make them uncomfortable. It's something I'm doing out of respect. It's just one little thing. A man kissing another man is something that government really doesn't appreciate."
Malaysia's Islamic opposition party claimed that Lambert "promotes homosexuality"; Lambert countered by saying that he "promotes living ANY lifestyle that includes the freedom to seek love and intimacy. Gay, straight, bi, young or old. It's all inclusive." Clearly, there is a political and cultural difference of opinion and lifestyle here.
Rather than cancel the show, Lambert decided to amend his antics. "I think it's a tough decision to make," he said. "But to me, there are so many amazing fans in Malaysia that it's more important for me to be able to come and do my show there for them and entertain them and thank them for supporting me."
Yuen-See Cho of Sony Music in Malaysia also spoke about Lambert's decision, noting that the singer "agreed to respect the guidelines that are set by the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage. We have shared with him in terms of what are the do's and don't's ... dressing and stuff like that."
What do you think of Lambert's decision to tone it down in order to still do the show for his fans?