Eurovision 2012 winner Loreen is no stranger to speaking out against oppression. As you’ll recall, she met with the wife of a Belarusian dissent in 2012, and more recently she threw her weight behind imprisoned Russian pop stars Pussy Riot.
Earlier this week Loreen once again used her platform (we’re not talking about that black box she danced on in Baku!) to speak out—this time against Putin’s oppressive anti-gay laws. While performing at Moscow’s ICON club she paused to say that same-sex lovin’ is fine by her. “If you want to love a girl and you’re a girl, if you want to love a boy and you’re boy…You have the right to love who ever you want”.
The team at wiwibloggs.com agrees and we would have been HOOTIN’ and HOLLERIN’ “Amen” to that one if we were in the audience. Sadly, the Russian audience doesn’t really react at all. Perhaps they couldn’t hear her. Perhaps their English isn’t so good. Or perhaps they are too afraid to show support in a society that now perceives tolerance for gays as “homosexual propoganda”. In any event, cheers to Loreen.
Footage from her performance is mixed in with a wide-ranging interview given to Russian news agency Heat. Loreen explains that she chopped off her hair because it was too heavy, and says that she will not be competing at Eurovision again. “I love Eurovision. That’s where I started. That’s where I found you guys,” she says. “But would I do it again? It’s too much work man.”
Photos: Eurovision.tv (EBU)