If the Kremlin is ready to welcome a cross-dresser, then Conchita Wurst is ready to hop on a plane. Conchita — who has already met with world leaders including Ban-Ki Moon and, um, Jean Paul Gaultier — told Austria’s Kurier newspaper that she wouldn’t say no to taking her unique form of Drag Queen Diplomacy out East.
“I wouldn’t refuse a meeting with Putin,” she said. “I would like to spend a week with Putin, so I can better understand him….What does it mean to be Vladimir Putin? What pressure is he under? At the end of the day, Putin just wants to be respected. This desire for respect unites Putin with minorities.”
And Conchita could very well unite Putin with his own people. As all of you Eurofans will remember, Conchita came third in the public vote in Russia.
“I absolutely [want a gig] there,” she said. “I have many fans in Russia. This is incredibly beautiful because it shows me that many Russians do not agree with the decisions of their government.”