In recent days supporters of Conchita Wurst have been up in arms. That’s because on March 23 it emerged that Armenia’s Aram Mp3 had made potentially homophobic and transphobic remarks about the Austrian singer. Among other things, he said that for him Conchita’s way of life “is not natural” and joked that he hopes his team “will help her to eventually decide whether she is a woman or man.” He also said that he speeds up his car when passing through Yerevan’s gay district.

In the furore that has ensued, Aram has said that he was only joking and that he had been put on the spot after being asked an awkward question. Remember: he was a comedian before he became a singer.

According to the Austrian Times, Miss Wurst has joked that the two won’t become romantically involved.

“I guess that means he doesn’t want to marry me,” she said.

Conchita, who has previously declared her love for Aram’s song, has also offered Mr Mp3 a bit of private tutoring.

It seems as if Aram wants me to be a woman, but I can say this to you Aram my dear, I am a working woman and an incredibly lazy young man in my free time and that is not going to change. If you have problems understanding that, then I would be happy to sit down with you and explain it to you in more detail. And with your homophobic comments, that is a conversation that we really need to speak about.

Will the pair reconcile in Copenhagen? Is this the end of the drama?

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Shawn Tandco
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Shawn Tandco

Ali. God created “men” in “His” image? I’m not sure where women fit in here, but maybe you can tell me what “He” was wearing at the time. Was it a dress or pants? Skirt or Bermuda shorts? I’ve dug deep in my heart, but I’m just not coming up with anything. And here’s an even harder question. If I were to concede that God is a “he” who made men in his image, and you could concede that “he”also created women in his image, how do you explain the babies born every single day that either have both male… Read more »

Shawn Tandco
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Shawn Tandco

K, love the neurosis-ridden little monkey thing. I often say that I’m most intolerant of intolerance. I’m pretty sure we should be bffs. So, here’s a question I grapple with. If I am intolerant of neurosis-risen little monkeys, and I am, then how can I expect these monkeys to be tolerant of my views? If neither the wrong side or my side (ha!) can reach an understanding, for the sake of Conchita’s message of peace and freedom, is it possible to look beyond this issue, and agree to disagree? If I can roll my eyes at the monkeys, do you… Read more »

Shawn Tandco
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Shawn Tandco

Conchita is NOT transsexual, transgender, heterosexual, bisexual, or confused. She is a gorgeous drag queen, created by a GAY man. She is a CHARACTER he plays extremely well. He is not a man who wants to be a woman. He is not a man who wants to be both, nor is he interested in both. Why is this so hard to understand? Is it because of the beard? Seriously? I agree with Conchita. It’s just facial hair, boring in any other context. Boring in this one as well. It’s a trademark. Get over it. And for everyone who asks some… Read more »

K
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K

Oh Ann. Your backwardness is offensive and you’re a neurosis-ridden little monkey who can’t deal with people who have entirely harmless sexual preferences and gender identities.

You know what I can’t deal with? Neurosis-ridden little monkeys such as you. I don’t tolerate the illiberal. They’re sick in the head and their amygdalae are haywire.

Shawn Tandco
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Shawn Tandco

Conchita is NOT transsexual, transgender, heterosexual, bisexual, or confused. She is a gorgeous drag queen, created by a GAY man. She is a CHARACTER he plays extremely well. He is not a man who wants to be a woman. He is not a man who wants to be both, nor is he interested in both. Why is this so hard to understand? Is it because of the beard? Seriously? I agree with Conchita. It’s just facial hair, boring in any other context. Boring in this one as well. It’s a trademark. Get over it. And for everyone who asks some… Read more »

CHRISTOPHER ATAMIAN
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CHRISTOPHER ATAMIAN

CONCHITA IS STUNNING AND WONDERFUL. AND SMART AS A WHIP!

Ann
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Ann

Yauzer: Don’t even try to compare what Putin and Medvedev try to associate: the LGBT COMMUNITY with paedophilia. It’s about the image they create and give of themselves in a public place where vulnerable little kids are. How do you imagine explaining that to your kids? Let’s put another example. Would you like your kids to smoke, dress….in certain maners? Or even, would you take your kids near a brothel? Of course not, you want to teach them the correct or at least what you consider the correct! When they will grow, it’ll be up to them to choose the… Read more »

Yauzer
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Yauzer

@Ann

Well done again again for (unintentionally or deliberately) linking the phrase KIDS and homosexuals and transvestites…just like Putin and Medvedev – trying to associate the LGBT COMMUNITY with paedophilia, so you can justify your views. Well done.

Ann
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Ann

Antome: “The margin can’t be built on your aesthetical preferences”: it isn’t my or other people’s aesthetical preferences, it’s her/his own. Each person has to recognize his/her limit. Seriously, do you think Conchita would have won without the beard? (I admit the song was really good and Conchita has a really nice voice, one of my favourites from Eurovision actually). This is about politics, it’s to demonstrate to the world the freedom and their rights, nothing else. I’m pretty sure that if Conchita didn’t have a beard, she/he wouldn’t have had that influence. I know many people who voted her/him… Read more »

Antome
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Antome

The margin can’t be built on your aesthetical preferences, because who said yours have to win on hers. The margin should be on which tangible damage an anormality does, so anormality is not bad, everyone is anormal to some extent unless made with stamps and even, just some anormality is more noticeable than others. Also, to be honest even with beard she makes a better woman and man than him :D. Even if somone finds it awkward it’s not it’s right to repress it or to dictate its wrong. It’s a convention which clothes a man can wear and which… Read more »

Ann
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Ann

You know what’s the problem? To start with, there’s no an Armenian gay district. This so-called district is a PARK, where KIDS used to play, but eventually it became a place where homosexualls, transvetites…got together. However, it’s not the way you may possibly imagine it. It’s not a normal park where you can see people sitting and talking together. It’s something seriously horrible, because of their behavior, clothing, between others. Everyone’s free to choose what to become, but at least, this chosen freedom should be in some kind of margin, where the right and the wrong should be recognized. There’s… Read more »

Ali
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Ali

God created man in his own image. I think there is no need to defile and distort this perfect creation.
If you will dig deeply inside you,.. I believe that everyone can find out this mentality based inside of us. We born with this,,, this is common between humanity. We should teach this to our children. Being natural and having traditional family this is not old fashion.

Dinul
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And I forgot to say that Conchita sucks,I guess.During her interpretation she was just standing there without any moves,singing as good as a goat on work.The ones who say that she was ”perfect”,have you seen her singin during the Eurovision? Go Aram Mp3 gooooo! 🙂

Dinul
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I am 120% unanimous with Aram.Conchita gives a HORRIBLE influence to the many kids who watch the Eurovision,(I know plenty).Oh, and by the way,go and f*** yourself @nauportus90

Helena
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Helena

Lolilly, you said:
“Psychologists concluded that anyone in between those two is considered confused, which is very unhealthy”

Really? Can you provide a source to back up your claims?

SeSe Rati
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SeSe Rati

Hey people !u r such a fool creatures !!! Aram mp3 and conchita were jocking ,thats it…..let it go and enjoy there wonderful songs,two are great and talented, so dont judge and finish this stupid conversation . my top
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Hye fedayi
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Hye fedayi

MRUNKNOWN
Obviously you know nothing about world history and are a complete ignorant bafoon. Armenia has again and again protected the earth from empires and bolshevism. Because of people like you the world is becoming dumber and immoral. Even animals can differ male and female but obviosly you don’t have their level of intelligence. Aram set an example that we should all follow!
Aram has the 100000% of my support and i speak from all armenian people

Margaret
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Margaret

I’m sad when i see how people keep calling Aram names. In YouTube i’ve seen that some Euro fan called him an asshole…. :'(
This topic is now over. I think that Euro fans makes this drama going on, not Aram and Conchita.

MRUNKNOWN
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MRUNKNOWN

Homosexuality is normal because its a thing always appeared in nature for hundred of million years in many different species. It is natural and everything that is natural is a thing that we have to preserve.
Armenia seems to be a country with many not well-educated and medieval people.

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Saqo lavt qunem

Saqo es qo [email protected] qunem,,,,bozi txa,mort ccccccccccccccnem,,aninqnaser xaxpa…jajtam mejt,,,klirs mtqovt ancni,,,,,,,qunem gomikneri [email protected],qunem transeri [email protected] u qunem et konchitaya inch klirsa dra [email protected]

Mike
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Mike

This post is wrong in many terms.
1) it is actually NOT normal for man to dress as a woman and have beard.
2) there is no gay district in Yerevan
3) homosexuality is not tolerated in Armenia and many comedians joke about it, Aram is a comedian

Lolilly
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Lolilly

Lolilly APR 03, 2014 @ 08:47:49 Heloooooooo everyone! Why are people so full of jealousy? I’m not even going to argue about what Aram said or didn’t say. A normal person, regardless of their sexuality, should know that seeing a woman with a beard is a little strange. When was the last time you saw that? As a psychology professor, (at a major University in California) It was interesting for me to watch Conchita’s video with my students and listen to their opinions. I have 138 students in total and it’s a very diverse group BTW, with only a few… Read more »

Lolilly
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Lolilly

Marcelo N,
Oh, also, I should say that Vonchita is NOT considered as gay. She is a transsexual or a transversite, and that’s different from being gay. So, no one should generalize this issue and say that Aram made an offensive remark against gays in the first place. I guess maybe that’s why I addressed my first comment a few days ago, to all uneducated, ignorant idiots, since anybody who cares about gays in the first place, would not spread rumors like this. Only ignorant people would.

Lolilly
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Lolilly

Marcelo N. As far as Conchita’s song goes, I think it’s a wonderful song and he/she is doing a great job singing it, but still, it’s not for Eurovision, since it’s a very personal song. However, I should say, he/she is not using his real voice and if he/she continues to sing like this, he might eventually hurt his vocal cords because he/she is holding back his real, thicker voice a little. (My daughter’s vocal coach’s opinion, BTW) I’m not saying he/she is trying to sound feminine, don’t get me wrong, but for some reason it sounds that he/she is… Read more »

Lolilly
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Lolilly

Marcelo N. Your point is all over the place! As a clinical psychologist myself, I actually CAN conclude that most people who are in between genders have difficult times in the beginning of their “realization,” deciding who they really are. For some people it’s very easy regardless of their ethical views and for some people it’s extremely hard to find their own individuality. In this case I only said that it seems like Conchita might be in the process of finding out who he really wants and tries to be. And his/her song tells it all actually. I never have… Read more »

Marcelo N
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@ Lollily, darling, I guess you are stooping too low. I appreciate your explanations and respect your VIEWS, but don’t let’s generalise that “psychologists say” anyone in between genders is confused. Not the psychologists I know (and I am saying it not to defend any case I know but to defend modern psychology). You will agree that when we become fanaticised and carried away by our opinions we are apt to look like clowns. You are an educator yourself, just like me, and we know there is a path of ethical behaviour for all of us. On the Aram and… Read more »

Lolilly
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Lolilly

“it’s My Opinion” Have you noticed you’re the only one in here who’s arguing with me? And as you might remember I addressed my comment to all uneducated, ignorant idiots. You’re the only one who responded. Was it too offensive for you? Lol. Because if you were not any of these things you wouldn’t of responded. Facts stay as facts. I respect people like Conchita more than I respect people like you. Just so you know, your opinion, which is based on rumors alone, is as good as the dirt under your shoes. Yes, I do not care what people… Read more »

Marcelo N
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…and I thought I wrote long comments! EuroColleagues (for want of a better name), let’s just relax and see the [very] positive side of this: we are all learning to discuss more amicably and expressing ourselves in a better and clearer way. People in distant spots in the world sharing their ideas and thoughts. Nice!
Just chill, let’s enjoy the songs (there are many other songs, have you noticed? hehe) and wait till May, when everything will be a great show and the larger public and juries will cast their vote.

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This is my opinion

Dear Lolilly Hello. Suggesting someone may be schizophrenic doesn’t make you uneducated, schizophrenia is not swearing it’s illness which I hold no prejudiced views towards that illness to call it uneducated, when someone thinks that I am all over the place, here, other blogs, Youtube posting angry comments under different names who also use it to call me a troll which is not true and out of touch with reality (lord above knows it’s not true what they said about me), therefore I considered them paranoid schizophrenic that they might be, but that doesn’t mean they are schizophrenic since I… Read more »

This is my opinion
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This is my opinion

Dear Lolilly Hello. Suggesting someone may be schizophrenic doesn’t make you uneducated, schizophrenia is not swearing it’s illness which hold no prejudiced views towards that illness to casll it uneducated, when someone thinks that I am all over the place, here, other blogs, Youtube posting angry comments under different names who also use it to call me a troll which is not true and out of touch with reality (lord above knows it’s not true what they said about me), therefore I considered them paranoid schizophrenic that they might be, but that doesn’t mean they are schizophrenic since I am… Read more »

Marcelo N
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@ Lollily
You’re right, hun. Peace (no sarcasm intended) 🙂

Lolilly
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Lolilly

Marcelo N, Damn sarcasm! See what it did to Aram MP3? 🙂 Thanks for the corrections, but I actually know the correct spelling. Lol! I got carried away a little, I guess. No, actually I’m not surrounded with any kind of “wrong people” in the USA, since I hate slang and street English. I’m all over the world most of the time and it’s kind of hard to keep up:) USA is just fine though. (Compared to Europe) Ha ha ha. On the other hand, Europe is going a little too nuts, I think. But….. Freedom I guess??

Marcelo N
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@ Lollily
Thanks for the reply. I actually meant an ironic remark when I stated that your message could be too complex for some.
I appreciate your writing down your views on the songs. I hope both performers do their best and the audience (mostly unaware of the skirmishes and bitching over the songs prior to the nights of the ESC) will vote freely.
[On an aside, it is “should have” not “should of”. I can’t help feeling you’ve got surrounded by the wrong sort of pals up there in the USA 😉 ]

Lolilly
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Lolilly

Marcelo N I think You would understand my massage better if yiu read the end of “Its My Opinion’s” comment addressed to me. Whatever…. I don’t care what people think about Aram and I’m sure he doesn’t eather. He’s a well respected person all over Armenia, USA, and the Armenian diaspora all around Europe supports him 1000%. We never supported any of our participants this much. Obviously there is a reason for this much respect, love and support. As far as the songs go, I like Conchita’s song a lot. I never said I don’t like her or her song,… Read more »

Marcelo N
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@ Lollily
I guess your message was a tad too complex for some people to understand. Anyway, I mostly agree with you. You can always take it with a pinch of salt, as I am the paranoid schizophrenic 😛
Wjat I would really like to know is your opinion of the songs; I mean both convey powerful messages and are well produced. A penny for your thoughts?
Cheers

Lolilly
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Lolilly

Hellooooo, “this is My Opinion,” Maybe you should know that slander is illegal. So, now you are calling yourself educated by calling people schitsophrenic and ugly. Huh, I do not remember Aram calling anyone ugly, and neather did I. All I’m going to tell you is that if you do not understand Armenian, and did not watch Aram’s interview, then your opinion is worth nothing. We all know Aram did nothing wrong so you can get as fired up as you can. It really doesn’t matter. And, now after critisizing Aram’s look, you’re moving on to his song. Lol, just… Read more »

Alexander
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This Aram guy is quite ugly and I do believe his prejudices belong solely in his bathroom not spread around on the internet like he’s the thing and everyone else doesn’t matter. So I would actually duct tape Aram’s mouth till he learns a more tolerant speech.

Ryan from NL
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Ryan from NL

I think that what Conchita does is AMAZING! As I read the comments below I was shocked by the number of people that is still offended by the way Conchita looks. In the 21st century, who the f cares about sexuality, gender, colour, religion or whatsoever?! My motto is: look at yourself before you judge someone else. And regarding the fact that this is a ‘family’ show and not a ‘gay’ one; isn’t it the point that children should learn that everybody is different, and you should respect that?

Julian
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Julian

The whole “debate” will probably turn more and more ugly if admins cannot define a red line. If one already exist it is probably somewhere beyond what Hubble can see.

This is my opinion
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This is my opinion

Marcelo N

Cheer up, it’s only song contest not matter of life or death, enjoy it ok, bye bye

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This is my opinion

LETS TALK

Conchita is recycled dana international?????? Hmmm! Yes Conchita does sound like Dana a bit I mean the VOICE reminds me of Dana’s voice..but Dana had no beard at all that is the BIG DIFFERENCE. As for Aram you say he will lose lots of votes from Europe because of his criticism over Conchita, well with or without criticism Aram will not win Eurovision anyway, so it doesn’t matter if his criticism is gonna cost him to get even lower position, because he ruined poem by over singing it and that’s my opinion sorry I had be honest

LETS TALK
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LETS TALK

Conchita is recycled dana international hehe just joking, what is conchita doing win beard in women shaped body & dress ? Very funny & unusual you know. I don’t know if Aram said it’s true if it is he is in big trouble because he is to lose lots of points from europe

Samuel
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Samuel

“No visas for Uganda’s gay haters” should apply in this case!
Follow US Ambassador to Uganda, Scott Delisi who says those opposed to gays are not welcome to his country.

What narrow-minded clown with his bastardly gay comments!

Marcelo N
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@ Mex You know what I see as unhealthy and dangerous? The fact that we so readily accept so much intolerance and hate as “trolling”; and at that we are victims too: we have bought a sick reasoning/justification just because the names and fashions were cool. This is no trolling; these are people spreading hate and dangerous opinions/ideas. I do not feel hurt because someone managed to find “schizophrenic” in a dictionary to attack me, nor do I fear the “troll”, if you may, but the individual who harbours within such ignorance and hate to wish someone would die or… Read more »

Mike
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Mike

All this phars is made bye a mistake of nature called Konchita or something like that. Unfortunaly there are a lot of mistakes made bye nature . She or he it doesnt metter for me, felt that she or he has no rating and nobady ganna talk about It ( it it is konchita) . Then It decided to make fakin PR for It.. Now i want every Gay and transvistit people to know that they are great mistakes made by nature. Live far from us. You have no right to live among normal people

Mex
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Mex

Hah, all these drama comments make me think whether it’s healthy to continue commenting here or everywhere else for that matter. I might reconsider watching ESC after May, as well. There are events that are having healthier discussions than all these trolls around here.

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This is my opinion

Marcelo N

You are paranoid schizophrenic

Marcelo N
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@ This is my opinion – Really sorry; the “thing” part was uncalled for. I apologise, honestly.

Marcelo N
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@ Mex – I got your message (which was a tad confusing all in all, I must admit). Nevermind if it got criticised; man, you should know we’re all posting here in the open and anyone else can comment on our comments. I nearly went out of my mind reading all kinds of ridiculous “replies” to my early posts that the lyrics to Shine are shameless political manure. @ This is my opinion – Is it my impression, or are you all over the place (here, other blogs, Youtube) posting angry comments under different names? I mean, I have read… Read more »

Lev
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Lev

Lol Aram MP3 isn’t even a homophob, Conchita needs attention that’s all..