An interesting web poll took place through our partners at wiwibloggs.com. Visitors were asked to vote which country should be abloshed from the Eurovision Song Contest and guess what: Russia won the poll! (and we fully agree with the results). It gained 16% out of more than 1,800 votes.
Russia won the poll with 289 votes, or approximately 16% of all those cast. In our comments section readers cited Vladimir Putin’s “homosexual propaganda” law as the main reason Moscow should sit out the next contest. The legislation encourages Russians to inform the police if they have gay children or neighbors; has led to an upsurge in anti-gay violence; and is so vaguely worded that any teacher who expresses tolerance for LGBT people faces arrest. In the event Russia won Eurovision 2014, our readers would seriously question it’s ability to host. The laws expressly forbid the promotion of homosexuality. Verka Serduchka, the Ukrainian drag queen, has already lost a lucrative contract in Russia beacuse she represents an apparently alien lifestyle. How, then, could an event with so many LGBT fans (and performers….) take place in Moscow? Putin needs to close his eyes and take in the lyrics of Russia’s 2013 contestant Dina Garipova: “What if we all opened our arms/ What if we came together as one/ What if we aimed to stop the alarms/ What if we chose to bury our guns/ Why don’t we always reach out to those/ Who need us the most.”
Belarus, Azerbiajan, Greece and Turkey complete the top five. You can read the full report and reasoning in the following link, along with the complete results.
15.95% want Russia out of Eurovision
14.68% want Belarus out of Eurovision
14.62% want Azerbaijan out of Eurovision
08.22% want Greece out of Eurovision
07.78% want Turkey out of Eurovision