A group of Singapore citizens launched a petition to ban Adam Lambert from performing as headliner for Countdown 2016, the city-state’s New Year’s Eve celebration in Marina Bay.
Organizers of the petition credited Lambert’s “acts of indecency” from his latest music video “Another Lonely Night” and “sexualized acts” including from his 2009 American Music Awards performance where he kissed another man as reasons for the ban. They also expressed concerns over Lambert’s LGBT activism. Sex between men is illegal in Singapore.
The petition had gathered more than 20,000 signatures and a counter-petition was also launched. The counter-petition, which collected almost 25,000 signatures, protested Lambert’s potential ban from performing.
The counter-petition stated:
“We think it’s time these groups truly respect all people living in Singapore and confirm they will help stop LGBT discrimination by working towards accepting and loving our LGBT family members and their natural and normal sexual orientation. Discrimination has no place in Singapore and these groups need to work towards a together Singapore not a divisive Singapore.”
Lambert, 33, issued a response to the original petition banning him from performing on the Warner Music Singapore Facebook page.
“My performance at Celebrate 2016 will not only be a spectacular one, it will celebrate the entire human family in all its diversity. I am a uniter, not a divider, and I believe in celebrating the human heart and spirit. I have put together an entirely new show experience for my fans that is kicking off in Singapore,” Lambert wrote.
Both petitions have since closed after Lambert’s response. The original petition replied saying that they hoped Lambert’s show “is hopefully in better taste and shows greater restraint.”
According to Reuters, state TV company MediaCorp has promised that Lambert’s performance would follow broadcast regulations and be appropriate for family audiences.