Frightening stories filtering out of Malaysia of Rape/Bashings of imported Indonesian domestic help. Barbaric, Judicial feet caning and vaginal razor slashing is also part of their horror Islamic culture.
Religious/standover behavior promoted by Pan Malaysian Islamic Party is also outrageous and not good for their country.
We expect Malaysia to adjust their human rights performance before speaking on the world stage.
Another thing to consider when shopping for that TV or curry powder.
There are many goods and electronic products exported out of Malaysia.
If they don’t wish to import the civilized advantages of Gay culture, you may want to boycott their exports and protest the aggressive, false accusations of sodomy against their leader of the opposition.
I always wonder why such performers would want to bother with such cultures anyway, the lure of the dollar aside.
On the other hand, cutting them off – particularly the urban young – from anything even so mildly controversial is hardly likely to encourage change.
There has been a lot of talk in Adams fan community about this over the last few days, with most of us behaving like fussy aunties and worrying about his safety (myself included)Some have even said that he should cancel his concert and not risk going.
Much as I’m going to be very nervous about the whole thing until Friday when he gets to New Zealand, the concert is a sell out and he has decided not to disappoint is Malaysian fans and give them the best concert he can under the circumstances. After all those fans have to live with this all the time.
Besides as a strait female I had believed that a lot of progress had been made in UK culture with regards to attitudes to gender and gay rights and with people who don’t fit the mould of what is considered ‘Normal’, but was shocked by some of the reactions I saw earlier in the year when attempts were made to promote his singles, some of the attitudes of people in the media, particularly on youth culture programmes were quite shocking to me, with snide remarks about his sexuality and his clothes and makeup which could only make a young person who had an inclination to dress in a similar way think twice about it for fear of being ridiculed. Considering the fashions which were around in the 70s ans 80s we seem to have taken a step backwards when it comes to self expression, at least for men.
And I won’t be forgetting that it was A UK Gay magazine http://news.pinkpaper.com/NewsStory.aspx?id=2447 which was the origin of the Subo misquote which still keeps coming back in the comments pages of articles even though Adam Tweeted at the time that he was Misquoted. I would have expected better from our gay press.
“The party’s youth leader Nasrudin Hasan said: “This is not good for people in our country”.”
Lordy no, Heavens forbid anyone actually allowed to be themselves. Better to live a lie and not only deny their true identity but probably those of all the children they have too with threats and dishonest claims. Yeah thats the way forward…. Not!
End Religion = Beginning of Humanity progressing into something better.
“I always wonder why such performers would want to bother with such cultures anyway, the lure of the dollar aside.”
Surely the fact that ‘performers’ such as Adam Lambert want to perform in these countries has to be a good thing. Despite the risk they take just going their don’t you think that just seeing someone, openly gay helps the many within a country who have to hide themselves and their true feelings.
Maybe, just maybe it’s goes someway to helping those very people see that they should be allowed to be open and free from discrimination from within their countries. The more that do the more likely action will take place to change attitudes and laws.
There may be the ‘dollar’ element to it but I think anyone who helps others come out and be counted, esp in these countries, is worth every penny if it helps start to shift the negatives for the positives.
>End Religion = Beginning of Humanity progressing into something better.
I agree with the comments on the Malaysian conservatism but am not sure about the instant statement on religion.
I am a strong supporter of a secular republic with secular laws (laïcité) but am less convinced about the abolition of religion. Religion was ended in three countries – Communist China, Communist Russia and Nzai Germany. Each of those three countries thought that they were progressing humanity to a new, higher level.
Even people who declare themselves to be atheist or have no considered belief in god seem to have a desire for a degree of spirituality, unknowing or congregation – sometimes in the form of secular belief systems that have the appearance of a religion.
Get a grip idiots! Adam Lambert’s onstage behaviour is little more than shock tactics to garner himself as much media coverage and exposure as possible. Men kissing onstage? Wow, how progressive. His crimes against music and entertainment are far more offensive than his political gestures. And anyone worried about his safety? How sad are you all?
“Despite the risk they take just going their don’t you think that just seeing someone, openly gay helps the many within a country who have to hide themselves and their true feelings.”
Yes, I agree.
Why doesn’t he want to offend? Surely that’s the whole point… unless it means he’ll lose out on a bultibollion dollar TV deal…
I dont know why he bothers going to these bigoted countries, that are 200 yrs behind the West. Why should he have to tone down his act? If they dont like the act, tough. Don’t attend or look then, simple. Do we really think they’d care about not offending gays? Course they wouldnt x
Adam Lambert’s sold us out to make money
Don’t you have princiapals Adam?
Government and their policies is one thing – the way the ordinary person lives his/her live is something else. On a recent visit to Malaysia I found people more open minded than what you would expect from media news.
@Tigra 07 Fine, lets see you go to Malaysia, snog a man in public and get thrown in prison for it, I wonder how open you’d be about yourself if it involved a possible prison sentence, flogging or even capital punishment. If it was the solely the money Adam was interested in he could easily have skipped Malaysia altogether, plenty of other more friendly countries to play concerts in.
And @Allen, his concert is sold out, so there must be a great many people there who welcome him, and it’s them he’s going for.
@Ian Bower, you must be deaf and blind, try watching the u-tubes I posted previously.
OOps I didn’t post the links before, coming up :)
“@Tigra 07 Fine, lets see you go to Malaysia, snog a man in public and get thrown in prison for it”
I would never go there and contribute money or music to such a homophobic country in the first place magsmagenta
I can’t imagine why people even care about Islamic sensibilities. I see precious little Islamic respect for Western sensibilities, just a keen opportunistic misuse of those traditions which we hold dear (such as ‘free speach’ and ‘tolerance of other people’s views’ ) in order to attack us. Just think a few days back to the recent shameful remembrance day event when Isalmic activists shouted vile slogans during the minute’s silence. The only reason these bogans are free to be oxygen thieves in our country is that the very same people whose memories they were dishonouring fought and died in the fight against enemies who sought to suppress those freedoms. Do we suggest for one second that they would be allowed to live, let alone protest, in Nazi Germany?