Eurovision fans in China will no longer be able to watch any Eurovision shows, effective immediately. That’s after the EBU withdrew the broadcasting rights of Chinese broadcaster Mango TV after it censored Semi-Final 1 of Eurovision 2018.

The Chinese network refused to air Ireland’s performance because it included two male dancers portraying a gay couple. It also blocked Albania’s performance because of the visible tattoos on singer Eugent Bushpepa.

The EBU explained its position in a statement:

“On the 9th of May, Chinese broadcaster Mango TV broadcast the first Semi-Final of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest live but two performances were censored. This is not in line with the EBU’s values of universality and inclusivity and our proud tradition of celebrating diversity through music. It is with regret that we will therefore immediately be terminating our partnership with the broadcaster and they will not be permitted to broadcast the second Semi-Final or the Grand Final”.

In Vienna, a representative from China’s Hunan Broadcasting System was very enthusiastic about China’s intentions to participate in the contest one day. She and her team are at Eurovision again this year, suggesting the fire is very much alive in them. But with the ban of Mango TV, China has veered seriously off course.

What do you think, was the EBU right to ban Mango TV after cencoring both Ireland and Albania?

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CookyMonzta
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If China was looking for that first Asian invitation, they might have just flushed it down the toilet. It looks like Japan, S. Korea or India will get the EBU’s consideration, should they decide to invite an Asian country.

drag kvinna
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I’m not your pork, stupid dork!

Rose
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lol who cares? China is about as non european as you can get. Eurovision has nothing to do with the in the first place. hahaha! blocking eurovision because of Eugent’s tattoo and 2 boys dancing together! hahahaha this is too funny

Marcus
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Hypocrites! If we’re all for diversity and acceptance, why can’t we accept that there are countries out there that have different values and censorship? The west would censor nudity & swearing in a Chinese Song Contest telecast to protect the innocence of children. The East censors other things that don’t align with their values and culture. Who is to say they are wrong? The new rainbow flag waving progressive west are supposedly all for diversity and acceptance, but really, its only when it fits with their ideologies. EBU are bullies.

Inclusiveness
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Values that are meant to exclude are wrong regardless of whether they come from the East or the West. Exclusion is a wrong value, period. It cannot be justified based on cultural grounds. If a country is not there yet, they have no business signing contracts to broadcast shows where inclusiveness is the norm.

Marcus
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I agree that exclusion is wrong. So why exclude China from Eurovision?

Inclusiveness
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When they are ready to be inclusive and obey the rules, they’ll likely be reinstated. For now, they need to do a deeper inner searching. There’s no other way to enforce the terms of a contract other than to revoke its benefits when someone doesn’t comply with those terms. China’s exclusion was legally justified, while Albania’s and Ireland’s exclusion from the Chinese broadcast wasn’t. The legal terms of the contract are what distinguish right from wrong.

GazilionPT
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EBU excluding Mango TV was the right thing to do. EBU’s rules are clear: either you broadcast the entire show, or you’re out.

Koning
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I just love how scandalous Eugent is! He made Eurovision outspoken this year because the international press was completely silent about it. Others were just an odd-trolley-hit for a month, but Eugent made history!

Ric_Hen
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Ok i’m actually surprised they took a stand and removed the rights. Well done! In any case this won’t stop chinese viewers, you can always use proxy serves XD.

PS. How dare they censor Eugent, he’s so cute :3

Govey
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Everyone fears Albania, even China! Billions of thanks to Albanians for having driven those chinks OUT of EBU! By the way, Ireland was put in this game just for PR purposes but he is taking the cake in all media and will get LGBT sympathy votes, while in reality it is Albania the one who did the great sacrifice to save Europe!

HOOY
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Definitely! Albania performed 3rd, so it was the first one to get completely censored, while Ireland performed 18th and only the bridge scene was blurred out for 3-4 seconds. China feared the revolutionary Albanian rockstar, not the Irish gay dancers.

no need to worry
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Hey guys did you hear that? “chink”? RACIST ALERT!!!!!!!!

Joy
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Govey thought that “Chink” is short for “Chinese”. You guys always act hypersensitive just to prick one’s conscience, even though you KNOW what people actually mean, phew!!!

no need to worry
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I know right? Govey probably also thought the n-word was short for black people too. What a shame of us for calling out people for using racial slurs.

Héctor
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I didn’t think the EBU was going to do something about it, but I’m glad they did. Bye, China! Come back when you are in the 21st Century.

Tattoos Rock
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I hope Eugent considers showing his tattoos in full without the fancy cover this time around just to make a point that tattoos are okay!

Ariso Light
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Good on the EBU! If China won’t be inclusive of every aspect of the contest, then they don’t deserve to broadcast it! Also, since they’ve done this, they shouldn’t be allowed to compete in Eurovision Asia if it goes ahead!

beccaboo1212
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Seriously? China’s most certainly part of Asia to e perfectly honest. 😮

davidos
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Um, Australia, Israel and Azerbaijan would like to have a word with you…

Curve
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Neighboring Asian countries don’t wanna see them there either. Better to see Hong Kong and Taiwan in Eurovision Asia instead.

vox
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Wondering what they would do to conchitas face…. Thank god we got rid of them,european values have nothing to do with china…

esc1234
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YAAS! thank god they are out, they dont belong to eurovision

beccaboo1212
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At least China belongs to the Asian spin-off. 😮

DORZ
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China didn’t achieve anything from that stupid censorship! Audience there will watch Eurovision anyway through Australian proxy servers. Every second Chinese uses them everyday, so they will watch it censorship-free!!!

Truth teller
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You know, I am actually genuinely surprised that the EBU took a stand here. They seem like such cowards to me, willing to let anything happen for a little more money and viewers. I am surprised China only censored those two. There war so many naked arms and faces in the semi final. lol

Right
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Those other acts still serve somewhat of a purpose for the regime, while the two banned ones are a direct challenge. EBU had to take a stand in this case, otherwise it would have set a precedent which many European countries would not have approved of. China is not the only one with a politics department.

Charli Cheer Up
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I feel bad for the Chinese fans of Eurovision who will miss out. Shame on the person who worked for MangoTV that did this.

Love love peace piece
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Love love peace piece

They just follow Chinese laws, it’s not allowed on tv,
But they should’ve known better before buying the brodcasting rights!

Jo.
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And they even want to participate in the contest…

Carly
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While Ryan doesn’t have a single fan in China, Eugent has thousands of them and I feel really sorry that they were subjected to such irrational Chinese censorship! He has a strong fanbase especially in Hong Kong and Singapore since 2010 when his performance with Deep Purple during their “Rapture of the Deep Tour” was aired on MTV Asia, and the footage was also used during their concerts there. Eugent’s Hong Kong fansite can be accessed here: http://www.eugenebush-hk.webnode.com

FREE CHINA
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Freedom for China!!!

Ping Pong
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The Chinese government initiated this whole thing only due to Eugent because he is considered as a “controversial example for their communist Chinese youth” since 2010 when he had a breakthrough in Asia. China knows him loooooong before the Eurovision, and like any other Western rock artist, he is also under a strict censorship there. Even Linkin Park was considered “degenerated” in China and is still de-facto banned.

Carly
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@Ping Pong: In April 15, some Chinese fan of Eugent asked why his song was unavailable on iTunes Hong Kong. Only now I understand that Eugent was under an earlier censorship there. Link to his comment: http://wiwibloggs.com/2018/04/15/wiwi-jury-albania-eugent-bushpepa-mall/219191/#comment-857174

Ping Pong
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In China, artists like Eugene are perceived as an “Illuminati hand trying to possess their youth!”. Many Chinese media observed his signature “Devil Horns hand-sing” and also one of his tattoos which according to them, depicts “Yaoguai” – the greatest demon in Chinese mythology. Eurovision has heard of those rumors, so in order to shame China, the host asked him to reveal his tattoos in the green room, and those “Chinese demons” turned out to be Jimmy Hendrix and other legendary artists. Chinese people are officially stupid! Had they been smart, they wouldn’t be communist in this century, and eat… Read more »
Frisian esc
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Chinese people can’t help they have a strict communist regime.

Chinese are Sick!
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From Rolling Stones to Lady Gaga, they all are “Illuminati Demons” in Chinese view! Their government is especially suspicious towards the international rock artists, banning (not just censoring) every single one of them. China is the mother of North Korea after all!

Right
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What kind of controversy could a performance like this ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDwg5Na7A3I ) have caused for “communist youth”?

Janet bikes
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Am looking forward to China’s participating
One day ding ding ding ding music never floated my boat to be honest

Edgar
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Of course I am sorry for chinese people, i am sure most of them are open-minded, and it’s just their government…but it was a right decision.

Hou
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Open-minded? Being a neighboring country around them is a torture. Their economy grows really fast but their people are far from open-minded.

Right
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That’s why they focus on manufacturing, because they’re not open-minded enough for smarter jobs. They’re not allowed to think, they are just given parts to assemble and told to plant rice.

Marcus
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Wow, what a very small minded world view. Just put every Chinese person into that very simple little stereotype basket you’ve made there- they’re all not as smart as us, and therefore just all plant rice. wow. Get off your high horse.

i want brake
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she want brake

Frisian esc
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I feel bad for the chinese citizens :(. Their government is going total bonkers on them. The government is also planning on using this scary social credit system:
https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/china-social-credit-system-punishments-rewards-explained-a8297486.html

Frisian esc
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Also Italy and the Netherlands would probably also have been censored would they be permitted to show the final.

Polegend Godgarina
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It’s what she deserves.

PlumeTune
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If the EBU hadn’t terminated their agreement with chinese tv then the whole contest would’ve collapsed immediately since its fanbase to 99 percent consists of gays. 😀

HOOY
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A good number of Eurovision fans are gay but there are straight ones as well. I for one am straight, married and a proud father. You don’t have to be gay to watch this contest. That’s not a condition, or has it become nowadays?

Siki
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<3

Ed Jones
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Big props to the EBU for doing this – it was absolutely the right decision. It’s a shame they had to do it in the first place, however.

Sto
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They deserve it. Anti-LGBT should not be accepted in Eurovision.

Denis
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Tatoos?
What’s the deal with that? is that immoral or soemthing?

Ena
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Yeah, even in Japan tattoos are still a big deal because they are usually associated with the Japanese Mafia or criminals in general. You are not allowed to enter a hotspring or are most likely thrown out of a gym (happened to a friend of mine) and you’ll have trouble to find a job there if you’ve got visible tattoos.

Nate
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European Contest—> European terms. Easy

Marcus
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Yep. Thats the way the rainbow mafia rolls.

Tim Morina
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I even do not understand why EBU reached an agreement with that broadcaster at the first place. With all respect, China and Europe are like fire/water compared to the values they have.
This also shows how commercial the Show have become, shame!

James
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China has been airing the contest since 2015 and that particular edition featured an act with a pair of same-sex couples. We never heard of any news of the broadcaster censoring the act (Lithuania 2015) so it wasn’t much of a problem then.

Dennis
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Chinese policy and regulations have changed since then, especially gay rights. http://foreignpolicy.com/2018/04/17/its-still-just-about-ok-to-be-gay-in-china/

ango
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Right decision by EBU.

KuhKatz
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There are rules, and if you dont follow the rules, you have to live with the consequences. I respect EBU for doing that, they made a statement that every artist on stage has the right that their song could spread out through all of the broadcasting countries. With the censoring of Albania and Ireland, this was not guaranteed in Chins anymore (and I‘m sure that acts like Hungary would‘ve been censored as well). But I also feel sorry for the fanbase there because it‘s not your fault but on the other hand, you have to see and accept, that your… Read more »
Guest
Guest

I can’ t represents all Chinese but I guarantee that most of Chinese fans & Chinese would support banning Mango TV broadcast right of Eurovision after this.

blondboybc
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Though the EBU made the right decision regarding this incident, I can also understand why the two acts (both of which I love!) were censored due to China’s strict broadcasting policy regarding the display of same-sex couples, tattoos, etc. Unfortunately, Chinese ESC fans are the biggest losers in all this, and will have to rely on other sources to watch the program…join the club: we have the same problem here in Canada where it’s geo-blocked on youtube!

Curve
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Another reason why China (especially their own politics) should stay away from Eurovision.

Guest
Guest
The MangoTV – cut out the entire Ireland performance, the first semi final in Mango TV goes straight from entry 17 to entry 19 – censor the rainbow flag during Switzerland performance or other occurrence – censor the tattoo of Eugent I support the decision make by EBU. China is going backward these day, not long ago the department of broadcasting announced that LGBT contents, “abnormal relationship”, etc. is forbidden. It also regards homosexuals as sex abuse, incest, etc. Call me by your name once was in Beijing Film Festival but was pulled out because of this. As others mentioned,… Read more »
Scott
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I think it is the right decision. All active members are required to show the contest in full and Mango’s parent Hunan has expressed interest in participating so they should be held to the same expectations as active members. I think Chinese fans who really want to watch will find a way around it and still watch.

Olivier2
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I dont necessary agree with the decision since I think this is a government regulation that tattoos and gay propaganda cant be shown. I think it’s actually Eurovision’s lost more than China because I doubt they really care about the whole program to begin with. Meanwhile this can have a minor impact on Eurovision expansion but many Eurofans dont really want it to become a global thing to begin with so the whole thing is just not revelant

Polegend Godgarina
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Taiwan stays unbothered.

Olivier2
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Honestly China has more important things to worry about than a singing competition

Jo.
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China loves to spread propaganda. So, Eurovision is another great opportunity.

Nick
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Totally right decision. If they want to broadcast the contest they should accept Europe’s terms.

Nick
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Totally right decision. If they want to broadcast the contest they should accept Europe’s terms.

Shanfa Chai
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China shouldn’t have broadcasted Eurovision in the first place if the Chinese government banned tattoo and LGBT contents on television.

Not Mango TV’s fault. They were just pressured by the Chinese government to censor the Albanian and Irish acts.

Shijie
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The homophobic law just came out last year.

Shanfa Chai
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Ouch. Sorry. Didn’t know that.

Ren
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And the ban on tattooes came out in only recent monthes .

Eugent Bushpepa Hong Kong Fanclub
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Eugent Bushpepa Hong Kong Fanclub

This is Eugent Bushpepa’s Hong Kong Fanclub and we are not glad to read those anti Chinese comments in this blog! Eugent has a progressive fame here in Hong Kong but China censors all Western rock artists. Please visit his Hong Kong fansite: http://www.eugenebush-hk.webnode.com

blondboybc
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Happy to hear he’s a fan club in HK!

Alex
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Nice to see the EBU, stepping up for what it stands for. Great job!

Budapest Dreams
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Am I the only one tired of none-European countries taking part in Eurovision? There are already 5-6 that I simply don’t understand what are they doing here

Alex
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I understand…Eurovision is a part of European History. With tradition… us Europeans watching it with our family each year….growing up with it. I just don’t get random countries rolling up and participating.

Shijie
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Hey, you should take back your Eurocentric opinion. China was just broadcasting the show. Europe, after all, is just a geographic term.

Shijie
Guest

And you can see a lot of Asian influences on Eurovision. I think there is nothing wrong with Netta having a beautiful asia influenced staging because after all we are just human being who happen to live on this planet?why so many prejudice?

Shijie
Guest

And you can see a lot of Asian influences on Eurovision. I think there is nothing wrong with Netta having a beautiful asia-influenced staging because after all we are just human beings who happen to live on this planet. Why so many prejudices?

Alex
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Has China broadcasted the show since 1956? didn’t think so. Eurovision has nothing to do with China. If you are a fan of the show, enjoy watching… even if it’s from 7000 miles away on your VPN.

Shijie
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There were only a few European countries broadcasted since 1956. Don’t forget that many competitors including Conchita are immigrants from non European countries

Alex
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*

EscAU
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conchita’s born in austria…

filip1992
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How many countries broadcasted in 1956. Seven?

[Måns]: To help to shore up a post-war Europe, in 1956, it all began
[Petra]: The set, I’m rather certain, was nothing but a curtain
There were only seven countries and one camera-man

Anthon
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Except for Australia. Other non-European countries with non-European culture such as Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Russia, should be banned from this contest. China, on the other hand, should not even be allowed to broadcast the event! Thank you Albania and Ireland for having finally made this possible!

Anonymous
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Russia is European what are you on about…

ai4pres
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Calm down hitler

Simmone
Guest

@Anthon: Albania and Ireland did not make this possible!!! China was mean towards them and that’s too bad!

James
Guest

Because to take part in Eurovision, you have to be a member of the European Broadcasting Union, whose broadcast zone spans from Europe, all the way to Iraq, in addition to a large number of associate members found all over the world.

Fast Food Music Lover
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Fast Food Music Lover

Oh well, they tried.

Nicolas
Guest

Good thing.

EscAU
Guest

LOL and they’ve sent delegations in the past to see if they can participate XD
# ban them from eurovision asia

Shijie
Guest

This is because of the stupid law of The General Chinese Media Department which bans all lgbt content and people with tattoos from all kinds of media . Mango TV actually wanted to show the entire competition without censorship but they are under pressure of the government. Us queer people in China are already facing a lot of problems and we don’t need more hostility .

David F
Guest

+1
We are one

blondboybc
Guest

You have our support here in Canada! “Jia you!”