SINGAPORE - US singer Adam Lambert has said that he is a uniter and not a divider, seemingly in response to the online petition to have him removed from MediaCorp's New Year countdown concert at the Marina Bay floating platform.
"My performance at Celebrate 2016 will not only be a spectacular one, it will celebrate the entire human family in all its diversity. I am a uniter, not a divider, and I believe in celebrating the human heart and spirit," the openly gay singer said in a statement issued by his record label Warner Music today (Nov 27).
"I have put together an entirely new show experience for my fans that is kicking off in Singapore. The Original High tour is based primarily on new material, and it promises to be a thoughtful and sophisticated insight into the pursuit of happiness and self-worth. There is no better time for celebration than at the moment one year changes into another, so I hope you will join me to celebrate the future and 2016."
The petition against Lambert's performing in the show, which will be broadcast live on national television, was started by "Concerned citizens, Concerned parents, Concerned individuals" on iPetitions on Wednesday (Nov 25).
The petition cites several controversial incidents Lambert was involved in, and argues that his "active promotion of a highly sexualised lifestyle and LGBT rights" are "contrary to mainstream Singaporean values".
A counter-petition was started yesterday (Nov 26) on the same website in support of the American Idol Season 8 runner-up.
"We the moral majority of Singapore utterly denounce and condemn the obvious sexual orientation discrimination demonstrated by the other petition on this site that is against Adam Lambert performing in Countdown 2016," the petition reads.
As of 9.40pm today, both petitions have each garnered over 15,000 signatures.