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Adam Lambert says his countdown gig will celebrate ‘diversity’

SINGAPORE — US entertainer Adam Lambert today (Nov 27) said that his performance at MediaCorp’s New Year’s Eve countdown show will celebrate “the entire human family in all its diversity”. He was speaking two days after an online petition was launched to remove him from the event roster.

Adam Lambert. Reuters file photo

Adam Lambert. Reuters file photo

SINGAPORE — US entertainer Adam Lambert today (Nov 27) said that his performance at MediaCorp’s New Year’s Eve countdown show will celebrate “the entire human family in all its diversity”. He was speaking two days after an online petition was launched to remove him from the event roster.

“I am a uniter, not a divider, and I believe in celebrating the human heart and spirit,” said Mr Lambert, as at least five counter-petitions were launched to keep him in the show.

In the petition against Mr Lambert, organisers had cited his controversial performance during the American Music Awards in 2009 and said that “his track record displays a flagrant disregard for the sensitivities of his audience — including whether or not children are watching”. As of 6pm today, there were 14,435 signatories to the petition.

Among the counter-petitions, the first, launched on Thursday night, had 12,748 signatories as of 6pm today. The organisers of the counter-petition called on MediaCorp to keep Lambert in the countdown show line-up “to demonstrate to the whole world that Singapore is a country that shuns discrimination and promotes diverse inclusive points of view”.

To be aired on Dec 31, the countdown show, Celebrate 2016, will be held at The Float @ Marina Bay. Apart from Lambert, who held a concert at the Star Theatre here in 2013, the show will also feature performances by Singapore acts such as THELIONCITYBOY, Nat Ho and Fauzie Laily.

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