Upset Russia proposes “straight” Eurovision

By David Knox on May 17, 2014 / Filed Under News 8

2014-05-17_0002.jpgMaybe it was all the booing for Russia, but Conchita Wurst’s win at Eurovision this week has not gone down well under the Putin regime.

MP Valerii Rishkin, labelled Conchita Wurst’s win as the “last straw” and said Russia should instead host a talent competition entitled the “Voice of Eurasia.” This, from a country that previously sent singing grannys…

“The results of the latest Eurovision were the last straw,” he said, describing Ms Wurst’s win as an “insult to most of the Russian population, and any other country”.

“We must leave this contest immediately; it is high time that we stop tolerating this madness. Each year Russia spends €40 million on this,” he said.

“We have global events such as the Olympics; we can have our own contest. I think that all countries from the Eurasian space, as well as many others, will support us.”

Meanwhile Russian officials have barred fans of Conchita Wurst from holding a parade in her honour.

Moscow’s security department has denied an application for the Conchita Wurst March of Bearded Women and Men, which was slated to take place on May 27.

Though homosexuality is legal in Russia, the country has drawn international condemnation for its “anti-gay laws,” which ban the dissemination of so-called “gay propaganda” to children.

But in Austria, Conchita arrived back at Vienna airport to thousands of fans and more than a hundred journalists awaiting her inside the terminal. They waved flags and banners celebrating the victory, they sang, or tried to catch a glimpse of the winner together with the trophy.

Austria last won Eurovision in 1966.

Source: Time, Independent, Eurovision

8 Comments »

  1. Craig May 18, 2014 at 9:03 am -

    @JamesJ LOL

  2. meiji_era07 May 17, 2014 at 5:53 pm -

    Maybe someone should propose banning Russia from Eurovision……

  3. JamesJ May 17, 2014 at 5:45 pm -

    “Straight Eurovision” Now there’s an oxymoron if I ever heard one

  4. Craig May 17, 2014 at 4:52 pm -

    In all seriousness Russia is starting to scare me, suppressing freedoms, taking over lands of other countries and now this, where will it end?

  5. Secret Squirrel May 17, 2014 at 12:54 pm -

    Not sure how Ms Wurst’s win is an insult to other countries. The song was decent and she sang it well.

    Rishkin’s attitude is the insult and he’s kidding himself if he thinks that a Russian anti-Eurovision would be well-attended.

  6. Mr Rampage May 17, 2014 at 12:29 pm -

    And yet the Russian vote still gave five points to Austria…clearly not a universal view.

  7. johnjet May 17, 2014 at 11:24 am -

    Go ahead Russia and stage your own event. No-one except puppet governments loyal to Russia will turn up.

    Given that the big 5 pay for the event each year, I don’t think they’ll care if Russia doesn’t want to take part.

  8. deedeedragons May 17, 2014 at 11:07 am -

    Cry me a river Russia.

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