Malaysia's Islamist opposition party on Monday demanded that authorities cancel a planned [October 14] concert by U.S. glam rocker Adam Lambert that they say is promoting "gay culture" in the mainly Muslim country.Pretty much every night, Adam kisses Tommy Joe Ratliff (not a dancer, but the bass player) on stage, much to the screaming delight of fans. The nightly kiss is a much-celebrated bit of stagecraft. I suppose it "promotes gay culture" but it probably does more to spur the market for homoerotica.
"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 PAS Youth leader Nasrudin Hasan. Homosexual sex is a criminal offence in Malaysia.
Apparently, Adam's concert in Kuala Lumpur will go on as planned, though he's required to "dress appropriately and not remove his clothes". He never removes his clothes, unfortunately, so he should be safe. (Some contract drafter in Malaysia is going to lose his/her job for forgetting to get Adam's promise not to pantomime ~pleasuring Tommy's bass.)
Finally, for gun lovers: one of Adam's dancers had some trouble clearing security at an airport (
Update moments later: Taylor's bracelet made the news. Surprising how many airports that bracelet has made it through without problems.
Update 10:30 am: Adam's story mentioned on NYTimes Arts Beat blog.
Update 3:16 pm: Adam tweets
Update 3:24 pm: And then Adam tweeted some more:
Update 3:33 pm: And some more. (Adam, maybe a column in the NYT would be more efficient.)
Update 4:14 pm: And then Adam's dad, Eber Lambert, tweeted.
Update 10/12/10, 6:16 pm: PRI's The World covers it, with audio from Adam.
Update 10/13/10, 10:17 pm: Adam tweets before the Malaysia show: