Adam Lambert, like Gwen Stefani and Fergie before him, has been asked to tone down his sometimes racy act during a performance in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Thursday.
Lambert agreed to do so after drawing criticism from Malaysia's Islamic opposition party over his over-the-top stage show, where he has the tendency toward kissing his male band members. In an interview with the
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"It's something I'm doing out of respect," Lambert continued. "It's just one little thing. A man kissing another man is something that government really doesn't appreciate."
Malaysia's Islamic opposition party claims that Lambert "promotes homosexuality"; Lambert countered by
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In the end, though, he decided it was more important to play the show than to cancel it. "I think it's a tough decision to make," he said. "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."
Yuen-See Cho of Sony Music in Malaysia also spoke about Lambert's decision, noting that the singer "agreed to respect the guidelines that are set by the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage. We have shared with him in terms of what are the do's and don't's ... dressing and stuff like that."