Conchita Wurst | Eurovision

Petition Calls for Removal of Drag Performer Conchita Wurst from Eurovision Competition: VIDEO

Conchita Wurst

Drag performer Conchita Wurst was an unlikely but bold choice for Austria's entry into the 2014 Eurovision contest, and while her entry hasn't stirred up much scandal among Western attitudes, Eastern Europeans are taking offense to the bearded gender-bending performer's presence. People in Belarus, Armenia, and Russia - of course - have started petitions to have her removed from the show, or at the very least edited out of the broadcasts to their country (which could make for a problematic viewing experience depending on how far she advances). Armenian Eurovision contender Aram MP3 even said Wurst's way of life was "not natural" and she should decide to be a woman or a man, though he later apologized and claimed his statement was "a joke."

Wurst remains undeterred and intends to continue, beard and all. Speaking of the beard, she keeps it on for a very explicit purpose:

The beard is a statement to say that you can achieve anything, no matter who you are or how you look.

Check out Conchita Wurst's Eurovision entry "Rise Like a Phoenix", AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. "Eastern Europeans are taking offense"

    The more reason for Conchita to stay in the competition. Those eastern Europeans need to broaden their horizons.

    Posted by: Jay | Apr 27, 2014 10:38:17 AM

  2. Whenever there's some sort of scandal or sensationalism around an Eurovision contender, it automatically means that they do exceptionally well in the competition. So this petition only forebodes a win for Conchita.

    Posted by: Chris K | Apr 27, 2014 11:15:11 AM

  3. I'm always dumbfounded that they way someone represents his or gender can drive other people, to who this has no effect, into a raging frenzy.

    Posted by: Mikey | Apr 27, 2014 11:59:31 AM

  4. Towleroad, would you please consider a trigger warning when running photos of fugly, bearded drag queens. People with delicate stomachs need to have advance warning.

    Posted by: Shaun | Apr 27, 2014 12:06:41 PM

  5. Wow, pretty great voice for once on Eurovision.

    Posted by: WayneMPLS | Apr 27, 2014 12:13:05 PM

  6. I can see her with Fabio on the front of a Cartland novel. They'll both have a beard.

    Posted by: Parkrunner | Apr 27, 2014 12:21:11 PM

  7. Well if this is considered a serious competition with high integrity, I can understand people being offended by a contestant who looks like "it" belongs in a carnival side show.

    Does anyone in the U.S. give a damn about the Eurovision Song Contest? I can't think of anything more irrelevant.

    Posted by: Brian W. | Apr 27, 2014 12:25:16 PM

  8. SHAUN: It's really overdue time for you to GOY it's really not all about you.

    Posted by: Joseph Singer | Apr 27, 2014 12:42:10 PM

  9. Wasn't a transgendered Dana International the winner of Eurovision many years ago? They need to get over it.

    Posted by: Yodabeesh | Apr 27, 2014 12:53:56 PM

  10. There was the same "petition" for Dana International, and she won. Eurovision song contest is the gayest song competition in the world. Often during the show the camera close on rainbow flags in the audience. It's almost a gay show.

    Posted by: lukebrux | Apr 27, 2014 1:03:49 PM

  11. She has an amazing voice (with squillo to burn) and she really knows how to sell a song. I hope she wins.

    Posted by: TomTallis | Apr 27, 2014 1:14:56 PM

  12. This bearded lady is really just an attention whore. She's using the gay movement to co-opt her megalomania.

    Posted by: will | Apr 27, 2014 1:15:32 PM

  13. Aren't most performers attention whores? Its in their DNA...

    Posted by: dumbnhung | Apr 27, 2014 1:39:51 PM

  14. "People with delicate stomachs need to have advance warning."

    Very true. So, here's a one-time fits all trigger warning for you: The world is full of people who have no obligation to live their lives in order to make sure you are comfortable.

    You are warned. If your stomach is that delicate, carry a bucket with you everywhere.

    There. now you have advance warning.

    Posted by: Lymis | Apr 27, 2014 2:36:59 PM

  15. He needs a sex tape and an egomaniac boyfriend.

    Posted by: Arrow | Apr 27, 2014 2:47:23 PM

  16. Sounds like "Crying Game" auditions.

    Posted by: Gary Bebout | Apr 27, 2014 2:49:05 PM

  17. Bravo!

    Posted by: Craig | Apr 27, 2014 3:21:29 PM

  18. Love the name.

    Does it actually translate in German to be Conchita Sausage.? Or is Conchita slang for pussy and it's Miss Pussy Cock?

    Or do enough of the intended audience know English so its a play on worst.?

    Maybe a name is just a name.

    Posted by: steve talbert | Apr 27, 2014 3:53:07 PM

  19. I know her personally and she's not only amazingly talented but also one of the nicest and most down to earth people in show biz. I hope she wins!

    Posted by: Sid | Apr 27, 2014 3:58:00 PM

  20. That looks just like Jennifer Love Hewitt oddly enough.

    Posted by: Keegan | Apr 27, 2014 4:30:26 PM

  21. The description says "drag queen," so I'm assuming he identifies as male in real life. I find his face very attractive. I usually don't go for beards, but make an exception if they're soft-looking. His looks like it's very soft.

    Posted by: Merv | Apr 27, 2014 4:38:36 PM

  22. Way sexier than any drag queen I've seen. I'm so tired of drags going all out. This took way more hootspa. Plus she looks good with the beard. I like the f y'all she gives to people with all their xyz expectations. Most drag queens don't do that, and they're boring. H&ell, maybe I'd sorta turn for that, haha??

    Posted by: Just_a_guy | Apr 27, 2014 7:53:05 PM

  23. i'm 70 and grew up in very homophobic and trans phobic/effiminiphobic times. i've never been one to enjoy drag performances in gay bars, especially because so many drag performers in my experience have had very little talent.
    THAT SAID... i have seen some brilliant drag performers (who may or may not have been transgender)whom i thoroughly appreciated. on a personal level i have learned to appreciate drag as a political statement, although that does not increase my enjoyment of it as entertainment. i would rather walk down the avenue with someone in drag than watch them do marilyn monroe impersonations to a track of happy birthday.
    my generation had some growing up to do, and by and large we did it, or wound up cranky old queers.
    AND NOW along comes conchita, and fortunately youtube, because in seeing first this highly produced video, which is itself striking, i did some video homework and found a thoroughly grounded, hard working, and politically aware performer. so, i say to her and to her detractors, you go girl! ESPECIALLY at the eurovision supercamp venue, which unfortunately has had a few seasons in those homophobic eastern european countries which spoiled the joyous flavor of the whole outing. BTW, plenty of americans watch video of the eurovision performances with delight for its cheesy goodness. they are ABBAlicious!

    i'm rooting for conchita, as i did for dana before her.

    Posted by: bandanajack | Apr 27, 2014 9:37:44 PM

  24. Armenia gave us Kardashians, so they better shut the heck up for a starter.

    Posted by: iban4yesu | Apr 27, 2014 10:55:28 PM

  25. I sincerely hope Conchita Wurst does best.

    Posted by: kyle | Apr 27, 2014 11:13:57 PM

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