One is the matriarch of the original reality TV dynasty. The other built the careers of international stars including Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande.
And now Sharon Osbourne and Scooter Braun, together with over 100 other celebrities, have signed a letter decrying efforts to boycott the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
The letter, organised by non-profit Creative Community for Peace (CCFP), says Eurovision’s “spirit of togetherness” is under attack.
“Those calling to boycott Eurovision 2019…[are] subverting the spirit of the contest and turning it from a tool of unity into a weapon of division”.
International celebrities denounce cultural boycott of Eurovision 2019
Other signatories to the letter include British comedian Stephen Fry, Serbian performance artist Marina Abramovic and KISS bassist Gene Simmons.
Director of CCFP Ari Ingel says:
“The members of the entertainment industry who have signed this statement, along with the thousands of individuals who have endorsed its message, all believe in building bridges through music and the arts as a means to achieving greater understanding and peace in the region.”
The letter is a response to calls for a cultural boycott by artists and broadcasters, which began last summer when Israel won the 2018 contest in Lisbon.
So far no artist or delegation has pulled out of the contest.
UK Eurovision broadcaster the BBC affirmed its commitment to the contest in January:
“The Eurovision song contest is not a political event and does not endorse any political message or campaign. The competition has always supported the values of friendship, inclusion, tolerance and diversity and we do not believe it would be appropriate to use the BBC’s participation for political reasons. Because of this we will be taking part in this year’s event. The host country is determined by the rules of the competition, not the BBC.”
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