The SD, a far right political party, have put forward a motion for all immigrants and foreign residents to register with authorities.
Björn Söder, a former Secretary of the party, has been a vocal proponent of the controversial policies. In an interview with Swedish paper Dagens Nyheter, he suggested use of a repatriation grant to pay immigrants to leave the country and reiterated his belief that nobody can have two identities. (He obviously hasn’t met Congolese-Ukrainian Eurovision star Gaitana. Or Estonia’s Russian-speaking Eurovision star Tanja. Or Junior Eurovision star Lerika, who works it in Moldova and then works it in Russia. Don’t hate…)
What do Eric Saade and Sarah Dawn Finer have to say?
The Melodifestivalen signers are not fans of the SD policies or Söder. Saade posted a screenshot of this Aftonbladet article, through his official Instagram account and captioned it, “Peace&Love…#Please”.
She urged her fans to use their votes and block Björn Söder and the Swedish Democrats from gaining power: “We as a people must not discriminate against anyone, regardless of background, religion, color, gender or sexual orientation.”
Söder has a history of controversial statements connected to Eurovision. He was vocally critical of Loreen’s victory at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku.
He also opposed the Swedish bid to host the contest.
Söder criticised Eurovision for not being too multicultural but conversely stated that Sweden should not host the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 because the contest wasn’t multicultural enough.
Söder has since backtracked on comments and claims to have been taken out of context. Regardless he has received criticism from within his own party, with Richard Jomshof slamming his comments as “extremely fuzzy”.
At Team Wiwi, we’re glad Sarah and Eric are strong enough to speak out for what they believe in. The appeals for peace, love and, above all, tolerance, are values all Eurovision fans should uphold. Our thoughts are with Sweden.
Sources: Aftonbladet, Dagens Nyheter
Here’s a reprise of Eric’s charity single ‘Du Är Aldrig Ensam’: