Saturday, November 21, 2015

Eurovision 2016: First homophobic artist selected

For some reason, every round of Eurovision seems to come with some far-right tosspot or another being selected to go and do a song. This time round, it's Germany who have put forward a homophobic anti-semite to sing for them.

Xavier Naidoo, an R&B singer of mixed Indian, African and German heritage, was named by the ARD public broadcaster as Germany’s entry for the 2016 Eurovision contest in Stockholm.
But the choice was criticised by politicians and activists who said his lyrics suggest homosexuals are paedophiles and contain anti-Semitic slurs.
Xavier appeared at a Far Right rally for Germans who believe that somehow Germany is shaped like the Hitler vision of Germany, and that the Weimar German constitution remains in force. (If they really believed this, they'd be trying to pay for bread with pianos.)

Oddly, not everyone has suggested that it's a terrible idea:
“I am sure Xavier will be a worthy representative at the Eurovision,” Nicole, a German singer who won the contest in 1982, said.

“I like his music a lot and I find it great that an established artist has the courage to compete on the international stage.”
Nicole's Eurovision winner was, obviously, a Little Peace. Which turns out to have meant a little piece of Poland.

1 comment:

Robin Carmody said...

This (and specifically the rather dodgy pleasure certain parts of the UK media take in it) reminds me of about a decade ago when some German hip-hop was accused of including German nationalist sentiments: you think you're out of trouble by choosing artists who would have been called "untermenschen" or supporting forms of music which would have been attacked as a front for genocide, and then ...

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