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Russian Politicians, Rapper Attack Conchita Wurst's Eurovision Win

Not everyone is celebrating Conchita Wurst's incredible win at last night's Eurovision Song Contest finale. Several Russian politicians expressed their outrage soon after Wurst was bestowed with her award.

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin took to Twitter writing that it "showed supporters of European integration their European future: a bearded girl."

According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, another Russian politician, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, also voiced his disapproval with his own anti-gay remarks.

"There's no limit to our outrage. It's the end of Europe. It has turned wild. They don't have men and women any more. They have 'it'. Fifty years ago the Soviet army occupied Austria. We made a mistake in freeing Austria. We should have stayed."

Timati_2012The outrage wasn't limited to pols. Popular Russian rapper Timati also attacked Wurst with his own disgusting remarks calling her win a "mental illness of contemporary society...I wouldn't like one fine day to have to explain to my child why two guys are kissing or a woman is walking round with a dyed beard and that's supposed to be normal."

In that same hateful message, Timati also thanked Vladimir Putin for his continued efforts to ban gay pride parades in Moscow.

According to the AFP, Wurst explained who she intended to target with her victorious cry of "We are unity, and we are unstoppable."

"That was obviously meant for certain politicians whom we all know,” she explained in Vienna. Asked if she meant Russian President Vladimir Putin, who last year signed a law banning “gay propaganda”, she replied coyly “among others."

Wurst was warmly welcomed home to Austria today and held a press conference in Vienna, which you can watch in its entirety, AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. congrats conchita

    Posted by: Moz's | May 11, 2014 3:15:36 PM

  2. Brava AND. Bravo

    Hope they make a James bond movie titled. Phoenix Rising..just so they can use the song for the credits.

    Posted by: steve talbert | May 11, 2014 3:22:46 PM

  3. Oh, they of short memories. Andriy Mykhailovych Danylko, better known by the drag persona Verka Serduchka, won second place in the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest.

    I don't recall quite the reaction from the former Soviet bloc at that time. Granted, the representation was from Ukraine, but high camp nonetheless. Bozhe moi!

    Posted by: dbearhugnc | May 11, 2014 3:24:47 PM

  4. well, at least she was given a hero's welcome in Vienna

    Posted by: Leo | May 11, 2014 3:38:57 PM

  5. Did anyone expect anything less? Russia, per usual is 50 years behind the rest of the world. The stench of it's corrupt thug led government, backwards social bigotry, lack of acceptance, and aggressive posture fouls the hope of a better future, the rest of us are striving for. Hate to say it, but that old generation, now in power, needs to just die off.

    Posted by: booka | May 11, 2014 3:42:34 PM

  6. Congratulations Conchita.

    As for Russia...what a sh*th*le.

    Posted by: Joe | May 11, 2014 4:01:40 PM

  7. Popular Russian rapper Timati also attacked Wurst with his own disgusting remarks calling her win a "mental illness of contemporary society...I wouldn't like one fine day to have to explain to my child why two guys are kissing or a woman is walking round with a dyed beard and that's supposed to be normal."

    What a hypocrite!

    Leviticus 19:28 Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.

    Oops, guess he's heading to hell with the rest of us. All those tattoos! How are we supposed to explain him to our kids? Many, even today, would consider him a freak. Especially in many conservative circles.
    I don't know his music, but, like most rap, I doubt it's wholesome.

    BTW, I don't have a problem with tattoos, I'm playing devils advocate. Actually, I think he's kinda hot I'm sorry to say.

    Posted by: John | May 11, 2014 4:23:26 PM

  8. "We should have stayed."

    My god.

    Posted by: Tigernan | May 11, 2014 4:27:36 PM

  9. I'm surprised the Russians are so offended. Most Russian women have mustaches.

    On a more serious note, I think it is ridiculous to view this singer as anything more than a self-promoter. It is worth noting that he has been on reality TV shows. Those shows attract a certain type of person who is interested in attention and in making shocking displays to generate that attention. That is what is going on here, and I am sure he is reveling in the win that he would not have gotten but for his outlandish appearance and the Russian reaction.

    He isn't helping the situation in Russia at all. He isn't donating any money nor is he lobbying any governments. He is just promoting himself. We shouldn't rush to claim this entertainer as gay or as representing the anti-Putin cause. Let's oppose Putin on our own terms, not on his.

    Posted by: Charles | May 11, 2014 5:13:25 PM

  10. Interestingly, in the Russian televoting Conchita came in 3rd but in the jury voting only 11th for a combined 6th place and 5 points.

    Posted by: NaomiClareNL | May 11, 2014 5:13:34 PM

  11. What sore losers. Did you know half of all Russian men die of alcohol abuse by age 50?

    Posted by: Pandion | May 11, 2014 5:17:58 PM

  12. Congrats, Chonchita.

    And you're hot no matter what you wear.

    Posted by: jamal49 | May 11, 2014 5:21:57 PM

  13. An estimated 120 million people watched the Eurovision final. The results won't necessarily change everyones attitudes towards gay liberation and equality but the fact that a gender bending performer was voted the winner by a general populace and a competition jury from each of the 30-something countries represented is testament to changing attitudes towards acceptance and tolerance throughout Europe. Remember that in our gay world, it may not seem like a big deal, but in the 'real' world, not everyone is so laissez-faire when it comes to a bearded guy in a frock. If you cannot see the significance of Austria's win compared to 5, 10 or 50 years ago in our or anyone's country then you take your own freedom to live your life as you see fit far too much for granted and you need to brush up on your history. You might not like the contest or the song or the result abut that is besides the point.... What matters is that enough people voting throughout Europe saw 'past' something that might have challenged them and prevented them from voting freely. That is incontrovertible and a major social milestone. And the fact that it pisses off the Russians is a bonus.

    Posted by: DMiner | May 11, 2014 5:29:56 PM

  14. Are we surprised at the Russian reaction?

    I want more sanctions and more isolation of that primitive society. They have had ample opportunities to change; Peter the Great, Catherine the Great all tried to liberate Russian thinking, to open it to western values.
    Now they have ended up as much fascist and repressive than the Soviets. They hate everything about the west.

    Maybe we should send over Elton John again to get their repressive laws repealed.
    Conchita was a great win and just sticks it to the Russians.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | May 11, 2014 5:31:33 PM

  15. A new Russian agricultural product: sour grapes.

    Posted by: Jim | May 11, 2014 5:39:54 PM

  16. I watched the live panel program Zhirinovsky was on. There was a lot more Europe bashing. It's the doom of Europe! The apocalypse! The flames of Hell! But there were at least 3 gay singers or artists pushing back against the homophobe hysteria. And Verka Serdyuchka skyped in, and they still love her. The producer of the Russian twins, Kirkorov, is gay and said that perhaps Russia should change its attitudes about sexuality. So there was good and bad.

    At the same time, not one of the many gays on the program identified as gay, even when they spoke against the homophobes. Sigh.

    Timati has performed with Timbaland. He should be boycotted. What an ass.

    Posted by: KevinVt | May 11, 2014 6:21:00 PM

  17. @DMINER: Gender bending and trans winners of Eurovision are nothing new. Dana International won in 1998!

    Posted by: KevinVt | May 11, 2014 6:23:01 PM

  18. Oh, good frickin' lord. She's the Wurst.

    Posted by: will | May 11, 2014 6:48:34 PM

  19. He isn't a she. He is a guy.

    Posted by: Homo Genius | May 11, 2014 7:25:24 PM

  20. A Russian rapper. lol.

    Posted by: greenfuzz | May 11, 2014 7:40:41 PM

  21. Homo Genius, do you know how drag works? The performer may be male, but the *character* is female -- and therefore when she's in character, she's a "she" whether there are "he" bits inside her panties or not.

    Posted by: Craig S | May 11, 2014 8:03:20 PM

  22. Sorry, but the Emperor has no clothes. If you can sing, sing. But the bearded lady schtick is desperate as hell and just as silly.

    Posted by: David | May 11, 2014 8:04:13 PM

  23. B*ẗches, Conchita doesn't care.

    She'll be laughing al the way down to her home to put that pretty crystal mycrophone on her shelf.

    David, did you ever listen to her singing? She's effortlessly flawless.

    Posted by: Nickman | May 12, 2014 12:28:10 AM

  24. The videos for the press conference is actually from the Winner's Press Conference in Copenhagen, not the homecoming back to Austria.

    Posted by: Duff | May 12, 2014 12:47:13 AM

  25. Russia's conjoined twins joined at the hair were beaten by a man in a hamster wheel, so let's not even pretend they're in any position to hate on Conchita Wurst.

    Posted by: JJ | May 12, 2014 2:14:29 AM

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