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15 Oct 2010

Adam Lambert performs in Kuala Lumpur despite anti-gay protest

About 100 members of the opposition Islamic party's youth wing and other groups protested as Adam Lambert performed for some 10,000 fans at the Kuala Lumpur stopover of his Glam Nation tour.

The Malaysia Star reported that openly gay American Idol star Adam Lambert played to a full-house at his concert at the Putra Indoor Stadium in the Malaysian capital on Thursday night despite a peaceful protest outside the venue led by the conservative Pan-Malaysia Islamic Party (PAS).

Earlier this week, Lambert had pledged to tone down his performance in accordance to Malaysian government guidelines after Malaysian authorities gave his concert the go-ahead despite objections from the opposition Islamic party. The party had accused the singer to be "morally unfit" to perform in Malaysia and poses a threat to young people.

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According to the state-run Bernama news agency, PAS Youth chief Nasrudin Hassan said they were against the concert because it contradicted the eastern values, religious teaching, it was obscene and promoted the "gay" culture. 

"Adam Lambert is an American artist who has become a gay icon. This is proven with man and man kissing on stage, a culture which should be rejected by Malaysians," he added.

The 28-year-old star created controversy with his performances, including at the American Music Awards where he simulated a sex act on stage and kissed a male keyboard player. Videos of Lambert kissing his male musician at many of his shows are widely available on the Internet.

"I think some people have a problem with me kissing a boy on stage," told reporters hours before the concert. "But you know, as much as I hate to compromise any time, it's more important for me to bring to the people of Malaysia my show… I’m just refraining from making one little kiss; I don’t think it’s that big of a deal.”

In recent years, several female pop stars, including Gwen Stefani and Fergie, had to avoid skimpy costumes while performing in Malaysia.

Reader's Comments

1. 2010-10-15 21:19  
Riiite....next they should ban the next celebrity like Oprah. What else they could ban next? A million reasons that goes against their culture.
2. 2010-10-16 01:37  
He was fantastic that night!!!
3. 2010-10-16 02:05  
I was there during his performance and Adam was simply amazing, what a great vocal he has. And yes, he complied with our regulations and it was quite a decent concert I can say. As for those who protested out there, seriously they should come in and have a good time, they need some chill pills. Isn't that sad to protest for hours while the show went on fabulously?
4. 2010-10-16 03:23  
The stupidest country around. I can't believe how narrow-minded these people are. Malaysia is supposed to be practicing moderate islam. So much for that........ There are so many contradictions to islam in Malaysia and they pick this issue to contest..... absolutely brainless..
5. 2010-10-16 10:04  
This is stupid. Screw the Islamic group that did the protest. Can't wait to get out of this hellhole! >.
6. 2010-10-16 10:41  
The demonstrators are all women!. What can you make of that??

Are they as ugly as fuck and will never get a man ... gay or straight??

Do they know something about being gay that we gay men dont know?

OR .

Are they just your everyday brainwashed ignorant muslims??
7. 2010-10-16 10:45  
It's interesting to note that this group of ppl arrived to protest, but they all appear to be hiding behind their tiny placards when these pictures were taken... kinda like how an accused person is brought to Court and tries to hide his face!
8. 2010-10-16 12:26  
Jesus! I don't think so this protest was necessary...Seems like only few people turned up and covered their faces...not to show them to the press...If you want to stand up and hate Gay people...Why not be brave and show your faces and organize a galvanizing anti-gay protest? Stupid Malaysians!
9. 2010-10-16 12:32  
its not about religion or social queues they are protesting against...its purely political. absolutely part of the plan to inject false pretense upon themselves of those who are "concerned"....i say look me in the asshole and go fuck yourself. its music, its adam, get over it you homophoabic extremists!...

p.s...homophoabics are causing heterophobia among us gays if they keep being repulsive like this.
10. 2010-10-16 12:52  
To no. 4,
Why do you insult the country? The Government allowed the concert. That was good enough .Only a small group of people were protesting mildly and its their right to protest. Gay people in Malaysia are not being persecuted like in some countries. They are many gay venues in Malaysia but as the saying goes "When in Rome do as the Romans do" i.e you have to be discreet when you indulge in gay activities in Malaysia..
11. 2010-10-16 14:11  
@10 =.="

no.4 might have gone a little overboard on his words and that i may agree but you yourself should check-up on your facts as well which i find it VERY disagreeable >'Gay people in Malaysia are not being persecuted like in some countries.' Many gay venues? many gay venue raided you mean? Do you read the news on that often on fridae or any other mediums???

I just recently had a friend being threatened to a fine by a police just because he gave a peck on another guy. How is that for persecution where as a gay person you preferred to just pay up the fine instead of making a bigger deal of it, due to fear of being outed to the public. You have to bear in mind that ppl in M'sia are being preyed upon even to situation as small as this and to me its a brand new type of persecution. All because of a clause in the law!! and Anwar Ibrahim might disagree to you on that one too, and nobody is even sure if he is gay or straight yet.

Secondly, i would agree that they have the right to protest but there is no such thing as a mild protest. As knives are much blunt to that of words in terms of the msgs spewed by this ppl, how would u know their 'mild' acts might have spurned someone there to be an anti-gay cum murderer ala super villain in tights that use the word justice to kill gay people with a double kris like Elektra? Cases like this will never end up in newspapers or your local tv and thus you won't know if there's even harsher persecution than this that happens so please don't EVER say as if you know that ppl are not being persecuted!

hehe~ discreet?? oiks~ why do you think of gay people as beings that is all only about sex, we are not that CHEAPO ok unless you stereotype yourself as the gay majority here. Just to note, i would want to someday hold my bf's hand walking down the corridor in public and not regard it as a GAY ACTIVITY. "When in Rome, do as the Romans do"? so you are trying to say we should just act straight and homophobic as the majority as well? Give awkward stares and make homophobic remarks when you are in a company that think like that upon a gay victim?

Sorry but times has changed, ppl are trying to put HONESTY and tolerance as an upfront rather than skewed narrow-minded notions such as lying to yourself just to please others, its like self SM on your brain. In terms of having sex it's quite understandable by SANE minded people both gay and straight that you should better be doing 'it' behind close doors and i don't see why you need to talk about that though~

As your profile goes, you are already 40 rite unless its a fake so it makes one questions your purpose here in regards to the headless display pic :) so if you are 40 i couldn't probably put myself in your shoes plus i would guess maybe what you've stated out above might be due to your era's mindset.
12. 2010-10-16 15:38  
Ill-informed and misguided university students.
13. 2010-10-16 17:49  
brainwashed ignorant muslims!!! FUGLY SKANKS ...
14. 2010-10-16 19:39  
"brainwashed ignorant muslims!!! FUGLY SKANKS"

Huh. That's a bit rich, coming from a Bottom picture. And why mention Muslims? Would it have been 'better' if they were protesting Catholics? Jews? Atheists?!

Religion is usually a convenient mask to hide behind when making such protests, shouting out that homosexuality offends God (although, then again, He never calls down the lightning in Malaysia, Iran or central London whenever gay guys/gals get together, which rather suggests that He doesn't care - it's the shouting mob, and people, that create problems, rather than religion or God or Allah or Superman or Master Yoda). Then again, people can - and do - object to homosexuality without any connection or link to religion or beliefe at all, simple believing that homosexuality is wrong, but without any religious context.

I'm as fed-up of Homosexual intolerance and bigotry as I am of the Straight variety - this just shows that people are just people, regarless of sexuality, race or creed...
15. 2010-10-17 01:18  
Well muslim is the most stupid religion in the world,brainless and useless!!if they said ban this gay icon then why still have so many muslim gay around the country!!and does muslim allow playing same sex,drink alcohol,smoking,sauna,drug or clubbing?well gay muslim in malaysia did most of them but only 1 thing they shouldn't is eat pork,then is another story for that,what a joke!! lol muslim always a joke in front of the whole world!!!
16. 2010-10-17 01:26  
100+ yahoos protest to get a bit of media coverage for their narrow minded views, and what do they get? Media coverage. Mission accomplished!
17. 2010-10-17 04:46  
Yes good point No.7, most protesters are hiding their faces, quite right they have nothing to be proud about.

I am glad that he did tone his act down if it made it possible to perform in front of 10,000 of people - who no doubt did get the message even it it was toned down. I hope the 100 did feel part of a tiny minority and learned what is it like to be in a minority.
18. 2010-10-17 12:18  
Actually that all ladies with their face covered were FRUSTRATED because Adam Lambert is gay and it is not good because Adam Lambert is too handsome and gorgeous and they wish they could married Adam Lambert.
That is what happening to straight ladies today.

There are soooo many ladies out there whistling to me
But I just simply replied;


Comment edited on 2010-10-17 12:48:44
19. 2010-10-17 14:16  
no 15...mind ur word...dont blame religion....but blame to the ppl understand !!!
20. 2010-10-17 17:21  
Tolerance...I'm not one for it I grudgingly tolerate alot of things I loathe only as I can't get rid of them ...where Gays are concerned we ought to be looking towards gaining wider 'acceptance' good on lambert he felt he didn't need to play being the 'professionall queer' and did what he needed to do to bring him self and his show to his malaysian fans..thats professionalism, being skanky tongueing some dip stick on stage may titilate a few but really didn't David Bowie do all that in the 70's it's hardly revolutionary any more & not important, what's important is lambert played malaysia and obviously W0Wed his fans there and promoted his self as the comsumate showman in a conservative country.
Some pple need to tone down the Moslem bashing many Moslems ARE capable of accepting their Gay sons and daughters Uncles or Aunties, just like christians and Jews many make up their own minds no matter what negativity the heirachy spew at them, venom towards all Moslem people will bring us no merit points and actually end up being counter productive as it will alienate those many good Moslems who are accepting and supportive of us or at least unsure and could become future allies with the right treatment.
Comment edited on 2010-10-17 17:37:15
21. 2010-10-18 00:06  
I reckon some of the comments are too generalized. Not ALL muslims in Malaysia are narrow minded. Not ALL Malaysians are idiots. But I do agree PAS is very ridiculous and appear to be extremely ignorant, racist and clearly living in a their own world. Just try not to accuse the whole nation because of your own narrow-mindedness about Malaysia. We do have our own rallies, festivals and support for the LGBT community.
22. 2010-10-18 00:47  
I think Adam Lambert is a very nice guy. Sensible and respectful of people of different creed, faith and sexuality. It's unfortunate that some people here prefer to express hate and vituperation for the sake of venting their innermost prejudices.
23. 2010-10-18 11:56  
Them anti-gay sign bearers look like a bunch of big-ass fools.

Nine years since I last stepped into Malaysia, & I'm planning to have it count until the day I die.
24. 2010-10-18 12:03  
It's great they protested. It's great they hid behind their placards and scarves. It's great they put their ignorance and backwarded-ness on public display for the world to see. And their arrogance in presuming to be prejudiced on behalf of all Malaysians. Whose culture is "our culture" anyway? Are ALL Malaysians fundie Muslims with views from the Dark Ages?

In this day and age of openness and transparency, it is great that stupidity needs no help in exposing itself.
25. 2010-10-18 16:20  
are these fugly girls/women threaten by gay men stealing their guys?? they must be! it is simply pathetic and they are all hypocrite. gay characters, shows about being gay, openly gay malaysian so-called celebs are constantly in malaysian tv , newspaper, magazines, etc. why are they allowed? what's worse is, i see these people travelling/studying/living in other countries where homosexuality is accepted. just crawl back into their caves.
26. 2010-10-19 01:53  
are they women??.... the small group of people protesting...
not sure... they could as well be men with cut penis,
cause they all have their faces covered...lol
bunch of idiots...haha
27. 2010-10-19 22:25  
The story is 10,000 people went to see him not 100 didn't want them to see him...KL is way to liberal for me...good thing he didn't want to perform in Singapore after KL as a ban would have been defo and very embarrassing...
28. 2010-10-20 01:17  
Much Ado About Nothing.
29. 2010-10-20 01:19  
Much Ado About Nothing.
30. 2010-10-20 03:00  
stupid malay girl....
Comment #31 was deleted by its author on 2010-10-21 17:23
32. 2010-10-21 17:23  
Adam is awesome!!
33. 2010-10-22 20:52  
The protest was peaceful, not very large and far more people ignored their message and attended the concert. So why then have #4, #5, #13 and #15 launched an anti-Muslim, anti-Malaysian rant, sounding so much like the very 'bigots' they themselves vilify? Why don't they tolerate freedom of expression when they run counter to your own views? Especially (and only if) the protest was peaceful.

I'm neither Malaysian nor Muslim nor straight. Just my two bits worth.
34. 2010-10-23 04:46  
wtf!!! they should just go inside the concert and join the party!!! if i were the organizer i could have given them the speaker's extention..
35. 2010-10-23 20:07  
they can't afford the concert lol...
36. 2010-10-24 07:48  
In other news articles on this, the concert goers were interviewed and a lot of them said that they were aware of Adam's sexuality and it didn't matter to them at all - they just love his music.

Meanwhile, wonder how the protesters would feel if gay people protested at an Akademi Fantasia concert for being totally unfabulous, devoid of any coolness and very 'kampung'?? ;p
37. 2010-10-25 12:21  
On the whole, We found Malaysia to be an incredibly multicultural and (for an Islamic country) amazingly tolerant. My partner (who is originally from Malaysia) and I went back in 2009 and will be back again for holiday and to visit his family next week.

Granted we don't hold hands in public like we would in London or San Francisco but two guys checking into a Langkawi Island resort hotel to a room with one double bed... the Muslim woman at the front desk didn't even blink... Try that in some of the more "red" parts of the United States and you are taking your life in your hands.
38. 2010-10-26 00:31  
Hmm what an interesting reaction. The biggest thing I find annoying is that they say "it's not our culture," but then again neither is Islam; considering Islam came from the outside and was then forced on the people and it most certainly did not just spring up from Malaysia itself. Also, that they say it's against "Eastern Values," if anything its against western values. True eastern values have very little negative things to say about homosexuality. Most of it comes from things they learned from the west.
39. 2010-10-28 22:41  
God, those protesters are so bored if they have to go out and do things like this.....
40. 2010-12-15 16:22  
Anyway let me tell you that "The religions are the people's opium".

“O, I love god, God tell me how to love”. O FOR G’S grows up. Are you old enough to know how to love? Why you need “him” to tell you how to love”?


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