We’ve had protests.
We’ve had threats of a boycotts. And in recent days we’ve even had a protest about proposed boycotts.
But now, Netta Barziliai – incumbent Eurovision champion – has spoken out about calls for a boycott for a second time.
The “Toy” singer argues that calls for a boycott are not in line with the values of Eurovision:
“Being on the same stage no matter what your religion is, your ethnicity, your colour, from all these countries, all these cultures combined together, this is a festival of light,” She told several international news outlets in Jerusalem.
“For people to boycott light is spreading darkness, is doing the exact opposite thing, and that’s why I think they might be going against their own beliefs.”
There have been calls from artists such as Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters and British singer Peter Gabriel to move the competition to another country. Waters also called on Madonna to cancel plans to perform at Eurovision.
Protests have taken place across Europe, but no country has withdrawn from Eurovision as part of boycott efforts.
This is not the first time Netta has commented about these protests.
She first spoke out in February, when she commented on the events occurring over the month in different national finals:
“I believe in a protest, it’s ok, I don’t believe in boycotting. Eurovision is a European contest, it’s not Israel, it’s a world-wide thing. We are taking part. I encourage other people to come and take part.”
Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of the contest has expressed support over its’ non-political nature:
“We do not want Eurovision to be used as a platform for any political aims. We want people to come to Israel and enjoy – that’s it. There is nothing I can do about people’s perception of Israel. Whatever they think about Israel is their own opinion. However, the EBU is an organisation with clear policies — no politics of any kind is allowed.”
Netta will perform during the live shows in Tel Aviv later this month.
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