IRELAND 🇮🇪 Eurovision star Ryan O’Shaughnessy has revealed how he received death threats from homophobic trolls over his entry into this year’s song contest. The 25-year-old Dubliner led Ireland’s most successful Eurovision campaign in the last five years with his song Together, which featured a performance by two dancers portraying a gay couple. The performance, which earned Ireland 16th place in this year’s competition, led to Ryan receiving some shocking threats.
Ryan told the Irish Mirror: “I was just talking to a lad from Amnesty International and he was telling me about how with campaigns they’ve ran in the past, they’ve received death threats from people for being a little out there with your statements. I received similar threats from homophobic people coming from countries that aren’t as liberal as Ireland. You have to take the good with the bad. As I’ve said before, 99% of the reaction has been so good and positive. There have been people writing to me saying thank you for portraying a homosexual relationship. People have said that it’s allowed them to come out or accept who they are and all that sort of stuff. I think on a grander scheme of things I didn’t expect it to reach that level of people and to affect so many people, but it’s positive that it has.”
It’s been just over a month since the Eurovision final in Lisbon and the former Fair City actor said he’s enjoying settling back into normal life and is currently penning some new music.
“There was a bit of a decompression phase when I got home because the buzz over there was so intense,” Ryan said. “I just spent a bit of time relaxing and hanging out with friends. All and all it’s been really positive since I got home. It’s just about getting back to work and focusing on the next project.”
The Britain’s Got Talent finalist on Thursday teamed up with Coca-Cola HBC to launch their #YouthEmpowered campaign, which will provide training to 750 young people across Ireland and Northern Ireland to help them get on the career ladder.
Ryan commented: “I know how many people struggle to find their first job, get their foot in the door or continue in education so it’s really important that people are given the support they need to get on the right track. I would call on recent school-leavers, job-seekers or any young person looking to reach their goals to join me in registering for the #YouthEmpowered Digital Hub.”
SOURCE: IRISH MIRROR