Androgynous rocker Adam Lambert got a stern warning from the Malaysian government — no flamboyant, openly gay behavior — during his upcoming concert tour, including kissing on stage, man or woman.
Lambert, 28, who prides himself on his rebelliousness and penchant for the outrageous, has agreed to go along.
But he appears to be in good company.
The Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, which is protesting his appearance, has also opposed concerts by Gwen Stefani, Avril Lavigne and other artists. The group calls Lambert an “advocate of homosexuality,” a charge, of course, he denied.
The glam rocker and “American Idol” runner-up told The Associated Press in Hong Kong that his “main goal is to keep people entertained – not to make them uncomfortable.”
Lambert is slated to perform Thursday (Oct. 14) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s largest city, according to Sony Music Entertainment Malaysia.
“It’s something I’m doing out of respect,” Lambert told the AP. “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,” he added.
Among the restrictions, Lambert is prohibited from stripping, jumping and kissing onstage, which leaves him able to do what? Just stand there, apparently.