Editor’s note (16 March 2015): This story was published in March 2014, shortly after the “Pluras kök” program aired in Sweden. However, in recent days European media have cited this story and reported events as if it occurred just before Melodifestivalen 2015. This is not the case. Måns has already apologised and the Swedish public has moved on. After spending time with Måns in Stockholm, we can confirm he is very comfortable with members of the LGBT community.   

Editor’s note #2 (16 March 2015): Please click here to read our response to the recent wave of coverage on this story

Måns Zelmerlöw has been a media darling since he broke through in the 2005 season of Idol, eventually placing 5th. Then he had a few high-profile turns at Melodifestivalen. And last year we featured his efforts to set up a new charity. But it looks like 2014 is going to be less about smooth sailing and more about controversy.

On Saturday Måns appeared on the popular TV programme “Pluras kök“, during which a group of celebrities gather to eat dinner with the host and have it all recorded. Måns found himself in a debate about homosexuality. He explained that “it isn’t equally natural for men to want to sleep with one another” and called homosexuality an “avvikelse”, which can best be translated as an abnormality. He proceeded to explain that “there isn’t anything wrong with it at all, buMans Zelmerlowt the more natural thing of course is that men and women make children together.”

Now I know most of y’all don’t speak Swedish, but you have to go watch the scene here and see how the other dinner guests react. My personal fave is the old man who just takes in a deep breath and looks flabbergasted.

Well you know what? We are flabber gasted too. The Eurovision spirit all about embracing people, regardless of their identity. These comments are not cute in our books.

And we ain’t the only ones who are angry. Alexander Bard from BWO, who came third at Melodifestivalen in 2008,  has called Måns out publicly.

“He is spreading homophobia in a very unpleasant way,” he told Aftonbladet. “We will not accept this, this will sting for him. The only way I will accept his apology is if he goes into therapy to get rid of his homophobia. A Swedish artist can not get away with this in 2014.”

Well, Alexander, I hope you’re picking up your phone and signing Carola up for that therapy as well, because Lord knows girl has had her problems with this topic too!

Måns has subsequently released a statement asking for forgiveness. “I want to apologise to all who take offense,” he said. “I believe and hope that the vast majority know that I respect differences and all forms of love.”

Yes, you did enjoy getting tons of PR and attention when you led the QX Gaygala 2014, Sweden’s largest LGBT event of the year. Oh, and you liked it when you were named hottest guy in Sweden in QX Magazine in 2007!

Måns, you need to pick your side. Don’t eat meatballs at the QX Gala and then say it ain’t natural for a man to want to do the same.

Vebooboo Nadella contributed this report from Amsterdam.  Like our Facebook page to keep up-to-date with all the latest news and gossip.

Source:  Aftonbladet

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Richard
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Richard

He doesn’t look ethnically Swedish, he looks more Middle Eastern. Maybe his views have something to do with his ethnic/racial/religious origins. There is a tremendous amount of homophobia about due to the religions that came from that region: Judaism, Islam and Christianity. If his motivation is religious, it might explain his barefaced cheek and hypocrisy, too. It would appear he and his family have been accepted into Swedish society, and I’m sure he/they wouldn’t stand for discrimination in the form of Xenophobia/racism, therefore he/they have to recognise that, at guests, they too must demonstrate acceptance, at least publicly, to all… Read more »

Vladimir
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Vladimir

@vangelis vt
Aram’s comments about Conchita are controversial, but at least he has not been performing at the gay events – unlike Mans.

Rogesc
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Rogesc

@vangelis vt: it’s good that you point out this article about the homophobic remarks from the Armenian representative. In my opinion this deserves the same attention as some Swede gets.

vangelis vt
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vangelis vt

Nobody knows who this guy is outside Sweden.

Now how about the phobic and disgraceful comments of armenian representative Aram MP3 about Conchita Wurst? Is wiwibloggs going to report on that?

http://gayarmenia.blogspot.gr/2014/03/fail-armenia-representative-in.html

Rogesc
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Rogesc

omg. He is suddenly not that hot anymore

Ever notice...
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Ever notice...

Wiwibloggs is like the gayest Eurovision blog there is, yet it has the most homophobic readers. Weird.

Thiefo
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Thiefo

David, you’re right, just like he has the right to say whatever he wants, we have the right to criticize him for it. But is it really the best we can do? Homophobes have the right to share their opinion, gays then have the right to criticize that opinion, then they have the right to criticize back and so on. I don’t see this leading us anywhere. “The world improves not from ignoring the hateful bigots, but from calling them out for what they are.” – I disagree, the answer is not attacking each other, is respecting the other side,… Read more »

David Thielen
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What a lot of people don’t understand is that freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences of that speech. Yes, he absolutely has the right to say anything, including very hypocritical statements.

But by the same token, the rest of us absolutely have the right to tell him what we think of him when he makes such a statement. The world improves not from ignoring the hateful bigots, but from calling them out for what they are.

Charles
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Charles

I understand the anger and disgust behind his comments … but … and even though this sounds almost impossible because we all wear hour hearts in our sleeves … the best way to fight homophobia, specially the one that originates in a banal informal conversation … is to ignore it. By ignoring it we are no longer giving it any focus, power and importance and then it gets lost in the mist … but like I said we wear our hearts in our sleeves and ignoring is just beyond our own abilities as gay people. Ignoring is still perceived as… Read more »

Sulejman
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gay or not gay it doesnt matter. Everyone should be loved! 🙂

Im proud to be gay 🙂

Vladimir
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Vladimir

@dhani

You obviously disagree with gay prides and these types of events, but the main difference between you and Mans Zelmerlow is that you did not perform at these events, enjoyed the income and publicity coming from gay people. Mans did. He has been to quite a few gay events, performed and never even thought it was strange to go join celebration of something he does not understand and disagrees with. That is why he’s a hypocrite.

dhani
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but i don’t have a problem with the fact that gays were born gays. i have a problem with gays who are hysteric all the time to point out homophobes and judging people who dosen’t like gays. let them have their opinion. i also don’t like gayprides where all of the gay people are acting really silly and slutty and confirms the stereotypes of a gay completely.

Vladimir
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Vladimir

@Dhani Then he should stop going to gay events and try to woo the people whose lives (not lifestyle – being gay is not something one chooses) he disagrees with. As in Carola’s case, you can think and say whatever you want. It is okay to have principles to stand by, even when they are controversial. But, you cannot expect people whose your opinions are directed against to applaud you or buy your products or services because you don’t share the same values as them. Carola herself “gay queen” after what she stated is pathetic. Mans, after performing at numerous… Read more »

Duff
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Duff

Say it isn’t so! Maybe that’s why I’ve ways liked Edward af Sillén more!

Mex
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Mex

I’ll go with Thiefo’s and Sopon’s comments. 🙂

Sam "Sopon"
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@Jamaraqueer

As I said, there should be a set of unwritten guidelines for public behavior. As a public figure, he should remain quiet on any non-accepted opinions, rather than force himself to conform.

As for whether his opinions are stupid, that is subjective to each person’s own views. It isn’t a concrete fact.

Jamaraqueer
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Jamaraqueer

We don’t tolerate hate speech for a reason: it breeds more hate. Tolerating ignorance breeds more ignorance. He is a PUBLIC FIGURE and when he says STUPID things it influences other people. This is why people must come down harshly on him.

Sam "Sopon"
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@Jamaraqueer No, there aren’t limits. Sure, there should be UNWRITTEN limits of decency as for what should be said and done in public (i.e. don’t go naked) but people still need to have a right to feel as they wish. I don’t know where you are from, but where I am from we are allowed to believe anything we wish because it is our right. And that includes some unpopular ideas such as homophobia and racism. As long as we don’t violate any laws, we can believe as we please. Plus anyway, aren’t you being a bit intolerant as to… Read more »

Jamaraqueer
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Jamaraqueer

@sopon: there are limits to what people should tolerate. tolerating ignorance promotes ignorance, and that makes it difficult for LGBT people who have to deal with that ignorance. people who say it is OK to be homophobic are usually self-hating gays or closeted homophobes. neither are appealing.

Sam "Sopon"
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Exactly right, Thiefo. 🙂

Thiefo
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Thiefo

I was going to say something like sopon’s, I also ask the same question as Dhani – so what if he is? He’s free to believe whatever he wants. Many people believe LGBT people need therapy to “get rid of their sinful ways”, so by saying homophobes need therapy to get rid of their “wrong beliefs”, we’re in fact doing exactly as them. The thing is, both sides need to respect each other and leave each other alone, no one needs therapy, let the other live the way they want, we don’t have to agree with the other side, but… Read more »

Sam "Sopon"
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For once I am actually going to side with Dhani and say it is as much of a big deal to be a homophobe as it is to be gay. It is someone’s right to have an opinion (unless if your opinion is illegal, like in North Korea) and no one has the right to change it without the person’s consent. As much as we disagree with these opinions, they still are allowed to believe them. If we were to force someone to change their views, that would be fascism, and being a fascist is the worst thing anyone could… Read more »

Dar
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I think this is a miscommunication … I still love him .. Fucking gorgeous

D
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D

In all 19 years of my life living in Sweden, I have never encountered a homophobic person and homosexuality is largely accepted here. If he does happen to be a homophobe which I honestly doubt, it’s probably just a miscommunication issue, he should try to hide that as hard as possible since if people begin believing that, he will be largely targeted for hate in Sweden. Not sure if I made sense with that but I tried 😛

Mike
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@Dhani It’s something people didn’t decide, but they were born like that. So why do other people have to hate them for being gay or anything else ”different”? It would be the same that we would hate you for being a Helena-a-holic, you didn’t chose for that you were born that way!

Jordan
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Jordan

Dhani, go to your closet and pray.

Dhani
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so what if he is?