Adam Lambert is set to become the biggest teen sensation in Malaysia, or so it would appear, especially if Malaysian teens follow the rebellious trend of most teens and embrace what their parents and elders dislike.
According to Reuters, the Pan Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) has demanded Monday that Malaysian authorities cancel the glam rocker’s Thursday concert in Bukit Jalil. The opposition party, Malaysia’s second largest, complained that Lambert’s performances promoted “gay culture.”
PAS Youth leader Nasrudin Hasan protested, “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.”
The PAS also plan to proselytize at the concert to attendees if Adam Lambert performs. They threaten to call members and supporters to counter the American Idol runner-up’s influence.
Lambert, who is openly gay, is currently on his Glam Nation World Tour, just completing a venue in Japan. Outspoken, he supports gay rights and even posted a photo on Twitter in support of gay marriage. His stage shows exhibit flamboyant displays of same-sex affection. Lambert’s overtly sexual live performance during the American Music Awards in 2009 got him canceled from appearing on a subsequent ABC Television program, “Good Morning America.”
However, that didn’t stop CBS from immediately booking the popular American Idol alumnus for “The Early Show.”
But homosexual sex is a criminal offense in the predominantly Muslim nation.
Adam Lambert has signed an agreement with the Malaysian Arts, Culture and Heritage Ministry to abide by the Ministry’s rules regarding performances, which, according to Reuters, can “require foreign performers to tone down their acts to suit local sensibilities.”
Lambert isn’t the only artist the PAS has targeted either. In the past, the conservative political party has protested the touring and concerts of Pit Bull, Beyonce, Rihanna, Gwen Stefani, Avril Lavigne and Mariah Carey.
Since placing second on American Idol in May 2009, Lambert has gone on to international success with the release of his first album, “For Your Entertainment.” The album charted in 18 countries and in the Top 10 in six of those nations (#3 in the U. S.). The three singles released thus far from the album have been international hits as well. “Whataya Want From Me,” the second song off the album, hit #1 in three countries and peaked at #10 on Billboard‘s U. S. Hot 100 singles chart.
Reuters via Yahoo.com