Gay Star News reports that the Turkish broadcaster TRT has taken the drastic measure to cancel tonight’s Eurovision Second Semi-Final program because of Finland’s show, which ends with a lesbian kiss.
Krista Siegfrieds, the Finnish contestant, has chosen to end her “Marry Me” performance with a surprise kiss planted on one of her female backing vocalist’s lips. As Krista told Deban back in April, the lesbian kiss is her way of protesting against Finland’s failure to allow full equal rights to the LGBT community, including gay marriage. You can watch the kiss at the end of her rehearsal below:
The lesbian kiss, allowed by the European Broadcasting Union EBU after previously forbidding Russian duo t.A.T.u. to kiss onstage exactly ten years ago, signals a welcome shift in mentalities. Nonetheless, it has sparked outrage among the Turkish press and gay activists say that this is the reason why TRT is cancelling the show. However, TRT claims that the reason would be poor ratings – although one in four Turks is usually watching Eurovision.
We are very supportive of Krista, who is promoting gay rights on an international stage, and we are sad that the Turkish TV viewers are denied the live show. Nonetheless, we remind them that they can watch the Second Semi-final online on the Eurovision.tv website. And we wish Krista to qualify!
Photo credit: Sander Hesterman (EBU)
Bogdan Honciuc is a Romania-based correspondent for WiwiBloggs.com.