Lambert at the 2009 American Music Awards.
Openly gay singer Adam Lambert has agreed to tone down an upcoming show in Malaysia following claims that he is “promoting homosexuality”.
The Pan Malaysian Islamic Party decried the singer’s performance in the country, which is part of his Glamnation tour.
“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,” said the party’s youth leader Nasrudin Hasan.
Malaysia’s culture, arts and heritage ministry forbid the singer from removing his clothing or jumping or kissing onstage as conditions for the performance to take place in Kuala Lumpur.
In response, Lambert tweeted: “While I don’t believe that my Glamnation tour is in any way offensive I have agreed to make a few minor adjustments out of respect for the Malaysian government. Looking forward to a fun show.”
He later told A.P. in Hong Kong that his “main goal is to keep people entertained — not to make them uncomfortable”.
He added: “It’s something I’m doing out of respect. It’s just one little thing. Man kissing another man is something that government really doesn’t appreciate.
“I think it’s a tough decision to make, but to me, there are so many amazing fans in Malaysia that it’s more important for me to be able to come and do my show there for them and entertain them and thank them for supporting me.”
Other Western artists to come into conflict with the conservative country’s predominantly Islamic moral codes in the past include Gwen Stefani and BeyoncÃ©.