Gigs & Festivals

Malaysian protestors campaign outside Lambert gig

By | Published on Monday 18 October 2010

Adam Lambert went ahead with a gig in Kuala Lumpur last week despite protests outside the venue hosting the concert by members of the Pan Malaysian Islamic Party who feared the nearly American Idol would turn his audience gay. Homosexuality is illegal in Malaysia.

The singer had already vowed to tame down his stage show to satisfy so called decency rules in the country, but about 100 campaigners still spent the day protesting and praying outside the venue, while holding up banners that read “it’s not our culture!” The protest was peaceful though, even when protestors were banned from entering the venue.

It’s quite common for Western pop acts to have to tame down any raunchy routines or costumes when they perform in Malaysia, though it’s more commonly female artists who are affected by the country’s rules.