Adam Lambert: Too Hot for Malaysia?
Adam Lambert might be here for our entertainment, but that offer might not apply in Malaysia.
ABC News reports that Malaysia’s Islamist opposition party, the Pan Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), is demanding that authorities cancel an upcoming concert by the American Idol fave, because he supposedly promotes a “gay culture” that’s at odds with the primarily Muslim country.
Noting that homosexual activity is a criminal offense in Malaysia, PAS youth leader Nasrudin Hasan huffed,
“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.”
Should the concert—which is scheduled for Thursday—go forward, the PAS is threatening to call “as many of its members and supporters” as possible to preach to concertgoers.
Lambert is the latest in a long line of artists who’ve been targeted by the PAS for their allegedly inappropriate performances; in the past, Beyonce, Gwen Stefani, Avril Lavigne and Mariah Carey have all drawn the party’s ire.
According to an authority at Malaysia’s Arts, Culture and Heritage Ministry, Lambert has signed an agreement to tone down his performance in accordance with the Ministry’s guidelines.
Should Lambert bother going forward with a concert where he can’t let his full personality come through? Or is some Lambert better than no Lambert at all? Share your thoughts in the comments section.