The Eurovision Song Contest is now over. A song contest that has been more a center of discussion than it's been any time I can remember (me being only 18, you know...), because of our beloved Russia: Shouldn't they be forced out of the competition, because of their hatred towards homosexuality, which most European countries consider a violence against human rights?!
Well, let me start out with my opinion: No, they shouldn't. I don't believe we should remove anybody from a friendly, international competition because of the top of the country's politics. These two girls, who were in the Eurovision for Russia this year, really haven't done anything wrong (at least from what I know of), and it'd be very unfair to exclude them, and the rest of the country for that matter, because their government is messed up. Let's not generalize all Russians as homophobics - I mean, you have seen the protests, right?
And that opinion of mine is why I was sad to hear all the boo-ing towards Russia tonight. These two poor girls, and in some extent the contestants from Belarus as well, had to pay for what the government has done - and honestly, doesn't that make the boo-ing audience precisely as bad as the Russian government?
I believe so, 'cause I really don't see the democracy shining through when we let our anger towards a few politicians hurt some innocent winners of a national singing competition. I can't see it as anything but downright discrimination towars Russians, and as a Dane, I'm really disappointed of my people to be so unfair.
But as mean as people were to the Russians, as good were they to the Austrian singer, who, very predictably, came to win the contest. My opinion to this is honestly not much more positive than my opinion towards the mocking of Russia. I think the Austrian song was okay, but winning material? Nah, not really, at least not compared to some of the other contestants. But of course it won, 'cause what's not to like about a trans bearded man-lady? A lot, meant 'some eastern European countries' (according to the Danish host), and therefore there's been a lot of debate about 'her' as well, since some thought it was a horrible signal to send in prime time TV. Of course action leads to reaction, and when a lot of people were against her, 10 times (or whatever) as many were suddenly big fans of her. That's really what I believe: She only won because of all the homophobic-Russia-mess, not because she was the best. I do believe that the song had a say - she probably wouldn't have won if it wasn't a good or at least descent song - but the most important factor was without a doubt in my mind her mix of a dress, long eyelashes and a thick, wishworthy beard (I wonder how many men lost their confidence completely, seeing a 'woman' with a much more awesome beard than them?).
When honestly thinking that Austria's song wasn't much more than descent, I highly doubt that it would've even won if it was in the contest last year. If T.a.T.u was in this year's contest, though, I bet they would've won, even though they, when they were contestants years back, actually only ended up in third place. But the 'stop homophobia'-debate is increasing, and especially Russia's increasing reluctance against homosexuals in the past few months, has - as the boo-ing VERY clearly indicated - increased a lot of peoples' desires to participate in the debate.
And that, my ladies and gentlemen, is in my opinion why Austria won. The medias make people more and more politicaly interested and active, which of course is a good thing, but is it a good thing when we suddenly let politics affect something like a simple singing contest? I really don't think it is. Eurovision Song Contest is a competition between European countries, where everyone in the nations can gather around the TV to enjoy an evening of a friendly event between countries that outside the contest tend to be politically fighting. I don't think politics should ruin or in any ways influence that.
Don't misunderstand me - of course I am against Russia's hetz against people of 'divergent sexualities', and of course I too want to support people's right to have whatever sexuality they do. But let's just remember, that there are two kinds of discrimination: Negative, which Russia's homophobia is a clear example of - and positive, which I believe this year's Eurovision is a clear example of. There's a big difference between acceptance - as I highly accept and respect Austria's representative - and positive discrimination, as I think many people did towards her. And I just really think it's sad, that having a divergent sexuality has this year been more of an advantage than having a good song.