Russia could refuse to broadcast Ireland’s Eurovision entry because of same-sex love in the music video


Ireland this month unveiled its entry for the 2018 Eurovison Song Contest, with former Britain’s Got Talent finalist Ryan O’Shaughnessy with a sad ballad ‘Together’ about losing a person (without referring to gender) he used to love. But the music video features a same-sex romance. It is unclear if the live performance itself will feature same-sex dancers but if it does, it won’t be shown on Russian TV. Singer Ryan O’Shaughnessy himself hit out at the news saying that such a decision is hilarious. There have been several LGBT contestants and performances at Eurovision in the past (even the band TaTu that performed on behalf of Russia. They faked lesbian relationships, one of the members of the band, Yulia Volkova, was and is actually bi) but sentiment in Russia has grown much more extreme since the passage of its anti-gay propaganda law. n 2013, Finland’s entry Krista Siegfrids kissed a female backing dancer on stage as an equal marriage protest during her track Marry Me, which was aired in Russia. Russia also aired Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst’s 2014 entry Rise Like a Phoenix, as well as her performance in 2015.


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