Fans of Adam Lambert are rallying on the singer’s behalf with a petition to keep him as the headliner of a New Year’s Eve concert in Singapore. More than 23,000 fans have joined in the fight on behalf of the American Idol alum, countering a separate petition filed to remove the entertainer from Celebration 2016, the nation’s largest New Year’s Eve event, held at The Float at Marina Bay.
The original petition to event organizer MediaCorp has more than 18,000 signatures and attacks the American Idol alum as engaging in “lewd acts” contrary to “mainstream Singaporean values,” pointing out the singer’s appearance at the 2009 American Music Awards and his new video for “Another Lonely Night” as examples.
“We urge the organizers of Countdown 2016 to recognize and respect the values of the majority of Singapore that has voiced its desire to preserve our nations’s fiber,” the original petition states. “Allowing Adam Lambert to perform as the star of Countdown 2016 shows disregard for the values of a majority of family-centric Singaporeans who have consistently resisted the promotion of western liberal ideas about family values and societal models.”
The counter position defends The Original High singer, citing “discrimination.”
“We the moral majority of Singapore utterly denounce and condemn the obvious sexual orientation discrimination demonstrated by the other petition,” it reads.
MediaCorp is assuring the public that the show will go on as scheduled — with Lambert as the headliner.
Lambert addressed the controversy on Twitter, writing “Fighting Homophobia one song at a time.”
Fighting Homophobia one song at a time.
— ADAM LAMBERT (@adamlambert) November 27, 2015