On May 8 and 10, Europe’s public voted en masse for Poland (the jury, eh, not so much). But, it wasn’t for the biting satire or the wicked beat. Largely, it was for butter churning and laundry. Very suggestive butter churning and laundry, that is. Poland basically qualified because they objectified women. Even though quite a few members of the Wiwi Jury adore their song, there is a consensus that people were not voting with their ears, but with other members of their body instead.

Yes, “My Slowianie” and “Slavic Girls” are satirical songs—but only if you’re in on the joke. Otherwise, it sounds very weird and overtly misogynistic and sexist. And even though most Eurovision fans are aware of this, the general public is not.

So when Cleo and her chorus of maids came to the stage and shook what their mamas gave them, they told Europe it’s OK for people to view them as sexual objects, who lack any sense of humanity or purpose except to look good while doing chores. As they flashed their generous breasts, the audience roared. Europe celebrated anatomy rather than musicality, and conflated success with flesh.

It speaks volumes that in so many countries Poland was ranked #1 by televoters but dead last by the jury. While the jury judged the song, televoters judged the women—and women. Encouraging that behavior isn’t cute, no matter how pretty you are.

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Deven O'Kearney
Deven O'Kearney
6 years ago

Does anyone notice that Salute by Little Mix sounds like Slavic Girls by Donatan and Cleo?

Jordan
Jordan
6 years ago

@Edward

I love you.

Edward
Edward
6 years ago

This “article” made complete sense to me after I took a good look at the author’s photo and realized that she is also american.

Americans shouldn’t even be writing about Eurovision. Like ever. They have no grasp on the contest’s essence and their zero knowledge on Europe and europeans makes their view on the whole thing very shallow.

Oh and let’s not forget. Women beg to be objectified these days. Funny how their “insulted” alarms go off when they are faced with the reality they have been creating ever since the end of WWII.

PACO
6 years ago

@ Jordania Si me pones como ejemplos los ICONOS mundiales del pop,me quedo con el estilo de Ukrania 2014,pero respeto tu postura.

Jordan
Jordan
6 years ago

@Paco

Take a look at the performances from famous pop icons and then look at Poland’s performance… HUGE difference.

paco
6 years ago

Jordania YO no estoy en contra del acto de Polonia y Cleo en esc,pero este tipo de acto no aporta nada nuevo y original,siempre el mismo estereotipo tia buena igual a sexo,en pleno siglo 21 la imagen de la mujer en ese contexto ya esta muy visto y es un recurso muy facil y simple.

Jordan
Jordan
6 years ago

@Paco

It’s about entertainment and publicity. Poland did just that.

Julian
Julian
6 years ago

The most puzzling question is not why people voted for Poland sexy ladies that “shaked what their mother gave them” or for the Austrian drag queen singing “rise like a penis”. The remaining top 3 most voted surprise act was Netherlands not sure if anyone can explain why that was voted.

PACO
6 years ago

Aqui se debate si esto es arte…si pero vulgar y muy viejo no a la exibicion gratuita de la mujer

Jordan
Jordan
6 years ago

@Nanda

Please take your feminist ego elsewhere and go read your Twilight books.

Nanda
Nanda
6 years ago

THANK YOU for writing this Editorial.
A misogynistic and sexist “joke”, is still a misogynistic and sexist remark. And this one was made in front of millions of people.
And BTW, there is no joke, fun or satirical value on being misogynistic and sexist.

It saddens me that women support this kind of thing

Deven O'Kearney
Deven O'Kearney
6 years ago

I think that watching this in the semi final and final was like watching a pornographic rap video. Cleo’s rapping wasn’t as aggressive as the likes of Eminem (Thank God because I HATE rap music), but it was a lot more ”bitch fight” if you like.

I have said it before and I will say it again, Cleo looks like Tulisa Contostavlos from The X Factor UK in a short Eastern European skirt and laced up boots. Maybe Cleo did what Tulisa did and punched a Eurovision Blogger in the face. 😛

Jordan
Jordan
6 years ago

@Tziki

Your comment just shows why a lot of artists don’t bother to send something modern, original and fresh. You people support the same outdated rubbish that has plagued the contest in the past. Go take your prudish ego elsewhere…

Jordan
Jordan
6 years ago

@Paco

There’s nothing wrong with sexy butter churning! 😀

Tziki
Tziki
6 years ago

This shows why sometimes it’s good we have the juries back at Eurovision.
This got a lot of televotes because of the boobs, not because of the song. The song itself isn’t nearly good enough to get 5th place.

paco
6 years ago

Justamente a eso me refiero Jordania,es un acto muy visto y recurrente por ejemplo a Ukrania, no le hizo falta batir mantequilla para verse sexy

Jordan
Jordan
6 years ago

@Paco

Poland’s performance is entertainment. That’s all it is.

PACO
6 years ago

Creo que Cleo y sus bailarinas no son malas personas,son artistas solamente.El problema que veo en su acto es la ACTITUD de unas señoritas dando un mensaje claramente sexual ya muy visto y siempre recurrente,de señoritas que estan muy buenas,malo no creo que sea pero positivo para la imagen global de la mujer positivo no es

DJ
DJ
6 years ago

Yes Wiley, absolutely “scraping the bottom of the barrel.” The contest was over one month ago and the “casual reader” that you both seem to feign concern with have long forgotten the contest, the song and the performance.

Vladimir
Vladimir
6 years ago

@Veronica
“Conchita is bad for Europe and for children”.
Apparently Europe is much more accepting and tolerant than you would like it to be. Btw, it’s very manipulative to hide your own hatred behind “for our children’s sake” phrase. You think that makes your hatred more acceptable? Guess what? It’s doesn’t.

VeronicaViss
VeronicaViss
6 years ago

Donatan and Cleo rescued the honor of Europe!! Conchita is bad for Europe and for children. All girls in the whole world have boobs — This is normal. Bearded lady isn’t.

Fatima
Fatima
6 years ago

I’m with Vladimir in that men are objectified all the time in Eurovision and in the wider media. A fuss isn’t made of that. I’ve lost count of the number of topless men appearing in Eurovision acts – even though they do leave a lasting visual image.

MTD
MTD
6 years ago

You are clearly out of your mind!

“Bearded lady” is OK, this is not.

In which imaginary world do you all live in? Like, hello! Earth calling here!

Franco
Franco
6 years ago

No way Cleo can be bad for anything or anyone. Quite the opposite: she’s THE woman of the last ESC, with her powerful voice and her great performance.
Some of the jurors went all prude and that’s it. Shame on them, but despite their misjudgment, Cleo can return in Poland keeping her head high.
Eurovision needs more singers as good as Cleo and more daring acts like this.

Lolly
Lolly
6 years ago

Uuuum ok with the same logic I can make an article about Malta or Latvia or Iceland and say how boring and awful staging/song they had… only cause they are my bottom 3… please this article is ridiculous… And yes as many have stated then they see half-naked men anything is ok or then Ireland this year showed boobs without being ironic but when it cames to Poland nooooooo evil Poland is awful and their song should be baned cause it says the truth!!! Get A Life

Vladimir
Vladimir
6 years ago

@Daphne “Men don’t understand” is what’s dangerous – it sounds like you think men are just too stupid to understand how women feel. This performance was ironic and make a political and social issue out of it is consciously interpreting it in a way that was intended to be. Yes, women are raped and beaten by men (or other women) and that is horrible. Every possible assistance and help should be provided to them and people committing these crimes should be strictly punished. However, insinuating that these performance indirectly supports raping and beating is just plain evil. Also, choosing to… Read more »

SQFan
SQFan
6 years ago

Troll article is troll. Yawn.

Jordan
Jordan
6 years ago

@Thiefo

That’s because people are morons…

Thiefo
Thiefo
6 years ago

I can say I agree with Francheska because I saw it first hand, I saw the final with some of my non-ESC-fans and they thought Poland’s performance was just tacky and objectified women, when I tried to explain them that the song was a satire they didn’t listen, they just saw what was in front of their eyes. Same happened with France’s btw, they just heard a goofy song about a moustache and dismissed it immediatly as just a joke song. That is the truth about the casual audience of Eurovision, more often than not, the “clever” songs like My… Read more »

Jordan
Jordan
6 years ago

@JarJarBling

Darling, I think that’s because you NEED to be silenced. Take your prudish feminist ego elsewhere…

JarJarBling
JarJarBling
6 years ago

@jordan: you’re another example of a man trying to silence a woman. well i have a voice, and i don’t have to flash my boobs to prove it.

Jordan
Jordan
6 years ago
JarJarBling
JarJarBling
6 years ago

THANK YOU DAPHNE! Men have no reason to complain about objectification. They receive all the plum jobs, promotions, etc. And they are not the victims of domestic violence and rape as frequently as women. Men who say “oohhh, it’s a double standard” are IGNORANT about the difficulties women face day in day out because of gender. The article is not inflammatory. It’s all you male commentators who fail to understand dynamics of being a woman in a man’s world. PEACE

William Lee Adams
Admin
6 years ago

The point of this article is not that Cleo & Donatan have a bad song. As you rightly point out, the author does like the song. She even links back to various analayses saying the satire is clever. Her point is more subtle and less obvious. It’s that even if the song is clever, it can be misread by casual viewers as promoting the objectification of women. To say that she is “scraping the barrell” is kind of absurd as we publish seven to ten stories a day. There is plenty of news. This is an editorial sharing an interesting… Read more »

Daphne
Daphne
6 years ago

It’s non-sense to talk about a “double standard” for men. Sure, women sexualise men with no shirts. But around the world women are RAPED and BEATEN by men. That is why the objectification of women is important. If you objectify a woman it’s dangerous. Men cannot understand this. They don’t know what it’s like to walk down an alley and have to worry about being attacked

Julian
Julian
6 years ago

The article is just to stir the pot. For me Donatan and Cleo songs were by far the most interesting and innovative this year.

Vladimir
Vladimir
6 years ago

That’s strange – last year when Ryan Dolan’s drum players were on stage half-naked, I don’t remember the writer of this article complaining about men being objectified. It seems that only happens to women, huh?

Mateusz
Mateusz
6 years ago

Francheska, can I just remind you that you were the only Wiwi judge who gave the song 10/10 not long ago?

Nott
Nott
6 years ago

I still find this “editorial” very disrespectful and biased (not to mention its ludicrous title).

Hans
Hans
6 years ago

Please, Francheska from wiwibloggs… “Be tolerant”

Jordan
Jordan
6 years ago

I was going to write an in-depth rebuttal that would have put the author and a lot of the “politically correct” morons to shame, but I realized there’s no point wasting my time. Here’s what I have to say…

http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m2n5beG3jQ1qdwr58.gif

DR
DR
6 years ago

I’ve had this type of argument with one of my female friends. I consider it double standards. Why is it sexist for women to use their sexuality, but when men wear less it is fine. If sexy people want to show it allow them. It would only be sexist if men forced the women in to it, but they chose to flaunt their breast. Many women like to use their sexuality to empower themselves, by controlling men with it. Is that wrong letting women choose, or making them all cover up like some sexist extreme islamic state. Chose is freedom,… Read more »

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
6 years ago

I thought the My Slovanie was a really cool, fun song, and the staging was outrageously hilarious. I didn’t feel oppressed by it, but if I’d been watching the broadcast with a dude in the room, I would have felt weird.

vangelis vt
vangelis vt
6 years ago

The beard was not a sexual gimmick. In fact most people objected to it because it ruined their idea of “femininity”. If there was any satire in the contest about the way women are “supposed” to look like to please male viewers, that was provided by Conchita. The breasts on the other hand were a sexual gimmick 100%. That being said, we have seen plenty of undressed male bodies objectified at Eurovision over the years. If anything, the contest has proven time and again that it does not discriminate. Since the contest is an equal-opportunities sexploiter, I believe that the… Read more »

Day one (Marcus)
Day one (Marcus)
6 years ago

The juries didn’t vote with their ears.
I think the juries marked Poland down because of the performance and they did basically the same thing as you criticised the public for doing but in this case gave them lower scores because they thought like the editor of this article. (Not that it’s a bad way of thinking)
Anyway Poland deserved better and the jurors should have judged the music rather than the performance but Eurovision is a TV show.

Deven O'Kearney
Deven O'Kearney
6 years ago

Yeah Brndn, I have read your comment and I agree with you now. We took the whole thing FAR too seriously. It wasn’t a fun performance for an energectic song. Also, Kasey’s vocals live were DEPLORABLE. As much as ‘Heartbeat’ is a good song, I think that Kasey’s horrific live performance let us down. The staging was messy and in general, it was just a seriously flawed live performance for a song that could have gotten into the top 10 in the Final. 🙁 🙁

David Thielen
6 years ago

@Dhani – Good to see you’re eloquent and respectful of other’s opinions as always.

fabricio
fabricio
6 years ago

i’m so tired to listen this kind of comments, if girls try to show their sensuality is not ok but yes to see gays acting weird and so controvertial, come on, open minded people is not just the one who are in pro of lgtb community, acept straight people likes and this kind of performances

Dhani
6 years ago

f*** you