Will Russia cut its broadcast of Eurovision 2014 because of Conchita Wurst?

A group of protestors have drafted a petition calling on Russia to cut its broadcast of Eurovision 2014, citing Austria’s tranvestite contestant Conchita Wurst.

According to Pravda, around 400 people have signed the petition which was sent to Russia’s Ministry for Communications and posted on Change.org. In it the All-Russian Parent Meeting writes that “the popular international competition that our children will be watching has become a hotbed of sodomy, at the initiation of European liberals.”

So they want Mother Russia to cut the cord on the show and save her children from a man in a dress. 

The language of their petition mirrors that of a similar petition filed with the Ministry of Information in Belarus in October. That petition read as follows.

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!

Artsyom Kirashou, the man behind that petition, explained his feelings in an interview with Radio Free Europe. Grab your vomit bag and have a listen.

Conchita, real name Tom Neuwirth, responded with an interview of his her own. She refuses to be drawn into the smut.

“My stance is that I fight for something positive rather than against something negative,” she told Radio Free Europe. “I was always an outsider and I was confronted with discrimination. I don’t want this to happen to the next generation.”

Russia, which our readers voted as the country they would most like to kick out of Eurovision, is not going to cut its broadcast. We don’t need to speak with the Ministry of Communications to know that. Russia takes a great deal of pride in the contest and not even a vocal minority of anti-LGBT activists is going to change that.

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.