Will Belarus Remove Conchita Wurst from Its Eurovision Broadcast?

Disgruntled Belarusians have signed a petition calling for BTRC, Belarus’ state broadcaster, to edit Conchita Wurst out of its Eurovision 2014 broadcast amid fears it will promote an unacceptable lifestyle.

According to NEWSru.com, the petition was filed with the Ministry of Information. Here is one pig-headed extract.

The popular international competition will see our children filled with European liberals become a hotbed of sodomy! Belarus, one of the few countries in Europe that was able to maintain normal and healthy family values based on love and mutual support between men and women!

Spitting that kind of acid hardly smacks of love. And if a state broadcaster actually edits out a performance because a man is wearing a dress, then something tells us their values aren’t aligned with broader European values. Furthermore, as anyone who has been to Eurovision knows, there is already plenty of sodomy going around. Conchita isn’t upping the frequency by showing up in a dress. Lastly, how does Alyona Lanskaya wearing a spangly silver dress promote family values? I haven’t seen so much thigh since my last Thanksgiving dinner.

Our opinions aside, the EBU would not take this well. Current rules state that broadcasters must show the contest in its entirety.

We’re fairly certain that BTRC, whose officials love Eurovision, will ignore the backwards petition. The Ministry of Information has not revealed how many people signed the petition, so we imagine it’s just a few conservative nutters in the countryside. They must have hated Verka Serduchka and Dana International and Drama Queen, but BTRC aired Eurovision anyway.

This is not the first, nor is it likely to be the last, controversy that Conchita’s selection has stoked. Shortly after Austria announced that Conchita would sing for Austria in Copenhagen, an anti-Wurst Facebook group cropped up in Austria. Well, we are still going to eat our sausage and will love every bite. Stay strong Conchita!

To read more of our coverage of Conchita Wurst click here.

Willy Lee Adams contributed this report from London. Follow him on Twitter @willyleeadams. You can also keep up with the latest Eurovision news and gossip by following wiwibloggs.com on Twitter and Facebook.