The team at wiwibloggs.com just saw something really scary. It was not a man dressed up as an axe murderer for Halloween. Instead it was Artsyom Kirashou, the conservative Belarusian who is behind the petition for Belarus to edit Conchita Wurst out of its Eurovision broadcast.
As you’ll recall, wiwibloggs.com was the first English-language site to report the news. We speculated that “a handful of nutters in the countryside” had signed the petition, which is currently sitting with the country’s Ministry of Information. According to Radio Free Europe, the “handful” is actually 2,000 people.
Kirashou, who says the sight of Conchita makes him “ill”, says he is speaking out for two reasons.
“If we open the doors to everything that they’re trying to push on us, it’s hard to imagine what can happen,” Kirashou told the radio station. “So, first and foremost, I’m doing it for our children, who haven’t yet developed their personalities and who are very sensitive about the world around them. Secondly, [for] the Belarusian people who live in accordance with Orthodox Christian laws.”
He also views Conchita’s performance as “an attempt to impose Western, European values on us, so that we accept them as normal.” Kirashou really isn’t feeling it. “Frankly speaking, I’m a conservative man and I don’t think we need any of this.”
Eurovision is meant to bring Europe together, and we applaud Conchita for highlighting the problems that face sexual minorities. We will be happy to unplug Kirashou’s television for him. If he isn’t interested in European values, then he shouldn’t watch Eurovision.
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.