Over the weekend we reported that Anna Rossinelli’s latest single Shine In The Light would be the official Swiss soundtrack for the upcoming Winter Olympics. But given the current climate, it was only a matter of time before the focus switched from music to politics.

As is the norm, Anna and her band mates, Manuel Meisel and Georg Dillier, are currently undertaking a press junket to promote the song. In one interview, Anna was asked about the new anti-gay legislation in Russia. Her response has been reported in several Swiss media outlets:

I think the homophobic attitude of the Russian government is serious, but hey, I make music, not politics

She may not be saying much, but the sentiment is clear. Anna is against the laws. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, since she was recently the face of a major anti-AIDs campaign in Switzerland.

According to some reports, people have started to analyse the lyrics for Shine In The Light in search of a hidden meaning. Click here to read the lyrics for yourselves. Do y’all think there’s a secret message? Anna claims there isn’t but then she obviously doesn’t want the song to fall foul of the Russian censors. Either way, it’s good to know that we can add another name to the list of LGBT allies.

Anna is just the latest Eurovision star to criticise the Russian laws, with the likes of Loreen and Marcin Mrozinski also voicing their disapproval.

Padraig Jude contributed this report from Ireland. Follow him on Twitter at @PadraigJude. And while you’re at it, like our Facebook page to stay up-to-date with the latest Eurovision news and gossip.

Photo: Anna Rossinelli Official Facebook

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8 years ago

If you think into it then yeah it does sound like a lgbt song but I think it means more about how the Olympians have been waiting to shine. But I guess it can apply to anyone who needs to shine.
I think all of the songs that other countries use should be like this.
I hope other countries make lgbt songs to have a small dig at Russia.