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12:37 | 29th June 2017

News: World

Mon 12 May, 2014
By Robert Ingham


We are a unity and we are unstoppable

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Eurovision Win Sparks Yet More Controversy

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After taking home the coveted title at the Eurovision Song Contest, Austria’s “bearded lady”, aka Conchita Wurst, has copped a slew of abuse for her less than traditional performing style.

In a bitter aftertaste, the singer’s stunning victory has been branded “the end of Europe” by Russia’s anti-gay lobby.

The hirsute alter ego of Austrian performer Tom Neuwirth took out the competition in Copenhagen with Rise Like a Phoenix, an anthem reminiscent of classic James Bond theme tunes.

Social media went into overdrive overnight after BBC Eurovision’s page posted in honour of the “gender neutral” performer.



But in an unexpected twist, users instead posted shocking grievances against the performer, calling to “wake up Hitler” and “kill it with fire”.

“I believe in future without “things” like these”, wrote one user.

“Go and kill yourself”, said another.

“The most messed up thing I’ve seen on TV. I can already tell the Eurovision 2015 winner. It’ll be a song about love between an old woman with a 6-year-old boy and they’ll end up kissing on stage. Easy win. Or a gay couple kissing. The world’s changing. Going so wrong.”

Among the posts were calls for the BBC to ensure homophobic abuse “is not tolerated”, but it took other users to step up in Conchita’s honour.

“I’m disgusted by the comments on this post honestly,” wrote Jordan Jon.

“Just when you think the future is getting better with LGBT, this comes up.”

But in an unexpected twist, users instead posted shocking grievances against the performer, calling to “wake up Hitler” and “kill it with fire”.

“I believe in future without “things” like these”, wrote one user.

“Go and kill yourself”, said another.

“The most messed up thing I’ve seen on TV. I can already tell the Eurovision 2015 winner. It’ll be a song about love between an old woman with a 6-year-old boy and they’ll end up kissing on stage. Easy win. Or a gay couple kissing. The world’s changing. Going so wrong.”

Among the posts were calls for the BBC to ensure homophobic abuse “is not tolerated”, but it took other users to step up in Conchita’s honour.

“I’m disgusted by the comments on this post honestly,” wrote Jordan Jon.

“Just when you think the future is getting better with LGBT, this comes up.”

After the victory, Russian state television broadcast a debate on Conchita, with anti-gay MP Vladmir Zhirinovsky calling the result “the end of Europe.”

“There is no limit to our outrage,” he said. “It has turned wild. There are no more men or women in Europe, just it.”

The competition was marred by controversy over widespread persecution of gay people by Russia’s vocal anti-gay lobby, and its apparent sanctioning by the gonvernment.

Wurst’s inclusion adding oil to that fire even before the show; and during the final there was loud booing in the Copenhagen arena whenever Russia’s act received a vote.

Afterward, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s vice-premier Dmitry Rogozin tweeted that the Eurovision result “showed supporters of European integration their European future — a bearded girl”.

The drag queen, who was initially written off as too provocative for some socially conservative countries, was the favourite to win the contest.

The act proved so popular that Austria was declared the winner after 34 of 37 countries had given their votes on Saturday evening.

After being announced as the winner, Wurst said: “This night is dedicated to everyone who believes in a future of peace and freedom.”

She added: “We are a unity and we are unstoppable”.

Source: News.com.au

To read the full article, click http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/music/russias-antigay-lobby-slams-eurovision-song-contest-winner-conchita-wurst/story-e6frfn09-1226913253519

 

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