A petition has been launched online for MediaCorp to remove singer-songwriter Adam Lambert from the countdown show, "Celebrate 2016" that is to be aired on 31 December.
The petition referenced to Mr Lambert's "track record" of his past performances and how it runs contrary to mainstream family values.
The petition writes,
"Adam Lambert is hardly the kind of performer to send off our historic Jubilee Year or to usher in the New Year. His track record displays a flagrant disregard for the sensitivities of his audience – including whether or not children are watching. Singaporeans can enjoy a good show without their consciences being affronted by lewd acts in the name of entertainment. In addition, a simple online search would reveal that he is well-known for his active promotion of a highly sexualized lifestyle and LGBT rights, both of which are contrary to mainstream Singaporean values.
Countdown 2016 is our annual iconic, public event for Singaporeans to come together to celebrate New Year’s Eve, as one. Allowing Adam Lambert to perform as the star of Countdown 2016 shows disregard for the values of a majority of family-centric Singaporeans who have consistently resisted the promotion of western liberal ideas about family values and societal models."
The petition was started on Wednesday and has since garnered over to 12,000 signatures (as of 27 November, 11am)
Apart from Mr Lambert who is scheduled to be performing in the show hosted by MediaCorp DJs Mike Kasem and Jean Danker, other performers such as THELIONCITYBOY, Nat Ho and Fauzie Laily would also be featured in the countdown show along with a special performance by the cast of TANGLIN.
Ms Debra Soon, head of MediaCorp’s Family (English) and Premier Segments, speaking to media, said: “Celebrate 2016 will be suitable for family audiences and conform with broadcast regulations.”
The local authority on broadcasting licence, Media Development Authority (MDA) noted to media that “free-to-air broadcasters have to ensure that their programmes comply with the Free-To-Air TV Programme Code”.
The petition has been addressed to several parties; MediaCorp, the Singapore Government, Ms Grace Fu, the Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay, Urban Redevelopment Authority, TGIF Bazaars and all the other organisers, partners and sponsors of Countdown 2016.
Focus on the Family, a local Christian charity organisation known for its anti-LGBT stance, has expressed its support for the online campaign through a Facebook post.
FOTF wrote, "Would you be okay with your children watching this? We, at Focus, support initiatives to promote healthy family entertainment. Join us as we strive to build a safer and more wholesome environment for our children." along with the petition's url in the post.
Nic Lim, administrator of GLBT Voices Singapore said in response to the petition, "To reduce a performer to his or her sexual orientation is not just offensive but degrading and unbecoming of a civilized society. If one finds the notion of boycotting say a technological company simply because its CEO is gay, ludicrous, or boycott a social media platform because it embraces inclusivity, laughable, then the mere act of reducing a national celebration and countdown party to a performer's sexuality is equally nonsensical. What is next?"
A counter-petition sprung up soon after the above-mentioned petition was created and has since received close to 7000 signatures.(as of 27 November, 11am)