Right after the fabulous victory of Conchita Wurst in the Eurovision Song Contest, the bad critics came up, especially from Russia. The agitation is mainly coming from the Russian government which has already confessed to withdraw from the ESC and organizing an own “Voice of Eurasia” contest. “Russia does not need the Eurovision” they said. But does the Eurovision needs Russia? Furthermore it was said “Europe does not like Russian music and girls, they prefer man in woman’s dress with a beard”. Russia came 7th so there is nothing to complain about and it showed that the Europeans liked the song, but it was not the favourite. What do the Russians expect in a political situation like nowadays?
Due to the fact that Conchita Wurst is a homosexual in woman’s dress with a beard the Russian felt obviously offended. The Russian laws have been toughened against the rights of gays and lesbians recently. Any positive statement of adults in presence of children can lead to arrest, prison and punishments.
Active EBU members must transmit the entire ESC for not getting blocked for the next three years. So all Russian TV viewers might have watched Conchita’s performance at the final night.
Drag shows are quite popular in Eastern Europe. One of the most glittering drag queen is Verka Seduchka, who made a 3rd place in Helsinki 2007 with “Lasha Tumbai”. She is very popular in the Ukraine and Russia. It seems that the normal Russian people have nothing against this artistic variety. The Russian televoters put Conchita on the 3rd place, while the Russian jury put her on the 11th rank; altogether Russia had to give 5 points, following the rules of the EBU.
Even if the some Russians might be insulted or not, Conchita stands for peace, tolerance and love. Those attributes are hard to find in Russian law right now. The entire Europe stands behind Conchita as the perfect winner of the ESC.
Watch a Russian politician in the duma singing a Russian folk song against Conchita:
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About me: As one of the founders of eurovisionlive.com I am responsible for the interviews with the singers and the editorial content. My passion for the Eurovision Song Contest exists since my early childhood. The exotic music, different cultures and languages have given a lot of inspiration to me. Since my very first ESC in Dublin 1994 I particularly appreciate the get together and friendship of all the nationalities and Riverdance was a thrill!