Glamerican Idol Adam Lambert is known for his racy stage shows, which is normally a good
thing...but unfortunately, his glitter-checkered reputation has now extended all the way to Malaysia, where plans for a Glambert gig have attracted the ire of the Islamist opposition party. This week the Pan Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) demanded that Malaysian authorities cancel the concert, because they claim Adam promotes "gay culture." (Homosexual intercourse is a criminal offense 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," declared concerned PAS Youth leader Nasrudin Hasan.
However, spokesperson from Malaysia's Arts, Culture & Heritage Ministry was quoted as saying that Adam had signed a contract agreeing to abide by the Ministry's conservative rules regarding concert performances. And Adam himself took to his Twitter page to explain that he was indeed willing to comply with his contract, in order to bring his Malaysian fans a good show.
"While I don't believe that my Glam Nation Tour is in any way offensive I have agreed to make a few minor adjustments out of respect for the Malaysian government," he tweeted. "Looking forward to a fun show."
This is not the first time Western pop acts have drawn protests from the PAS; Beyonce, Rihanna, Gwen Stefani, Avril Lavigne, and Mariah Carey have all been asked to tone down the sexiness of their live shows in order to legally perform in Malaysia. But of course, none of them were accused of "promoting gay culture." So Adam did also get up on his glittery Twitter soapbox to speak out against this latest setback, adding:
"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. 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..."
As of this writing, Adam's Malaysia concert is still scheduled to take place in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday. So apparently he is still here for Malaysia's entertainment...even if his Malaysian fans won't get the full Glam Nation experience.
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