Things are heating up in Lisbon and it’s not just the weather. Waylon, whose questionable staging has become a national talking point back in The Netherlands, once again finds himself at the centre of a storm. This time it’s for lashing out at a journalist from Dutch newspaper AD on the Eurovision 2018 blue carpet.
Yesterday Waylon took to Instagram to post screenshots of messages between his manager Sandra and AD journalist Stefan Raatgever. He used the social media post to announce that he would no longer speak with journalists from AD and De Telegraaf, the two leading newspapers in the Netherlands.
Waar dit allemaal over gaat? Een gefrustreerde AD journalist (die vorig jaar de klokkenluider was) en zichzelf heel belangrijk vindt en mijn management die zich aan een afspraak houdt. U mag zelf oordelen… Maar dit is de aanleiding. Niemand noemt (direct of indirect) mijn management een leugenaar! Daarom wou ik een excuus. Mijn team staat voor mij en ik sta voor mijn team… Loyaliteit wordt nogal vaak onderschat.
The screenshots show messages from November. In them Raatgever says he can’t deal with the way Waylon’s manager treated him and that he cannot envision a positive working relationship in the future. He alleges that it’s difficult to separate the truth from lies when speaking with her. The shots also show a message from Waylon’s manager telling the journalist that they could not disclose any information about Waylon’s Eurovision participation.
Waylon wrote: “What is this about? A frustrated AD journalist (who was the whistleblower last year) and finds himself very important and my management who is keeping a promise. You are allowed to judge for yourself…. But this is the start of it. Nobody calls (directly or indirectly) my management a liar! That’s why I wanted an excuse. My team is there for me and I am there for my team… Loyalty is often very underestimated.”
Things got even more heated during the Blue Carpet Ceremony on Sunday when Waylon encountered journalists from AD who wanted to interview him. Waylon refused and the conversation got heated fast. AD cameras captured Waylon using a series of expletives in English.
The video shows Waylon telling an AD journalist that he can’t stand the way they handle things and that they are not worth talking to. The AD journalist asks why he can’t do the interview, and explains that he can’t control what his colleagues say or write.
Waylon, however, says that if the journalist gets why he is pissed, he should tell his colleague: “You f*cked up, you dumb*ss! You f*cked up”, calling Raatgever a “little annoying fool” and someone who “cannot be anything other than negative.”
AVROTROS tells news outlets to be more positive
Waylon is clearly not happy with the negative criticism he has received from both De Telegraaf and AD. Raatgever wrote a very negative review of “Outlaw in ‘Em” back in February when it was first presented.
After all the controversy, AD and De Telegraaf responded to Waylon, effectively saying that he’s not able to handle criticism. De Telegraaf uploaded multiple videos on the topic, saying that “boycotting” certain outlets will only have a negative impact. One of the videos is titled “Look, Waylon, that’s also how you can do it!”, which features the Belgian representative, who is far more well-spoken and poised when dealing with critique.
AVROTROS has now backed their artist publicly over the negative content that the outlets produced. The broadcaster says that big outlets like AD and De Telegraaf should support the Eurovision entrant instead of pulling him down every single time they can. AVROTROS told De Telegraaf that they can’t force their artist to talk to outlets if he doesn’t want to.
Do you think Waylon is right to act this way or do you think he is a total diva? Let us know in the comments section below!