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Eurovision Song Contest Organizer Demands Answers from Russian TV Over Anti-Gay Laws: VIDEO


The organizer for the Eurovision Song Contest has sent a letter to the two state-run television stations in Russia raising concerns about the country's anti-gay laws if the contest were to be held there, according to the Hollywood Reporter:

"We decided to make that step because several bigger countries have expressed concerns about safety," Thomas Shreiber, head of entertainment programs at the German TV station NDR and a member of the committee, was quoted as saying by Stern.

The letter calls on the two Russian stations to answer several questions regarding creative freedom and safety of Eurovision participants and fans in case Russia were to host a contest.

Under Eurovision regulations, if a Russian participant wins the next song contest, which is to be held in May 2014 in Copenhagen, the following year, Russia would host the contest. Some European counties are worried that the Russian law "against propaganda of homosexuality among minors," which came into effect earlier this year, could lead to safety problems for gay participants and spectators, should a contest be held in Russia.

And there's plenty of so-called "gay propaganda" in Eurovision's contest, as evidenced by Finland's 2013 entry "Marry Me" last year.

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  1. What's with all these organizations asking "questions"? You can read all about Russia's policies and their effects on countless internet news sources or pick up a damned newspaper. Of course Russia is gonna say "oh no, no, everything will be fine." These "questions" are simply cover for everybody to pretend everything's alright. It isn't.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Nov 8, 2013 11:31:41 AM

  2. Just ban Russia!

    Posted by: litper | Nov 8, 2013 11:43:48 AM

  3. 'Cause there's nothing gay about Russia's entries into the contest. Check out their winning entry from 2008 (start at 2:00):

    Posted by: Ruddigore | Nov 8, 2013 11:53:04 AM

  4. Russia's song this year was about respect and union no matter the differences.
    People laughed their asses off in forums during the performance (not that the poor girl was at fault about her country's policies).

    A lot of fans are gay, and those are the ones who travel every year, and there were problems before in Serbia and Azerbaijan.

    Curiously, homophobic countries have no problem in send obviously gay contestants. Serbia won with a great performance of a lesbian some years ago. And Azerbaijan performance last year was clearly (even without being that the intention) homoerotic (as homoerotic as some pics of their singer sleeping with his head in his male dances shoulder).

    Posted by: jjose712 | Nov 8, 2013 1:17:46 PM

  5. i remember being more than a little impressed by dima and doing some research at the time. it seems he was a very driven youngster sure of his talent, but spent a few years as a rent boy to finance his career. from all reports he was very good at it. the last i knew he was being aggressively marketed as straight, but some flames keep peeking out of the shadows.

    Posted by: bandanajack | Nov 8, 2013 5:32:30 PM

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