Whether stemming from insecurity, jealousy or mean-spiritedness, trolls have a habit of jumping on those who stand out. It’s something FiK 59 artist Mirud understands. In recent days he’s come under attack after sharing footage of rehearsals for his fan favourite entry “Nëse vdes”. Some social media users haven’t simply been offering opinion and commentary. Some have actually been on the offensive to offend.
The footage shows him wearing a black, matador-style body suit lined with gold embellishments. The tight clothing works well with his precise choreography, celebrating the human form. His six backing dancers wear tighter costumes. However, owing to prevailing gender norms commenters overlook their looks to direct all the shade to the FEST 59 star, who many will remember for his performance of “Nënë” a few years ago.
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Mirud fires back
Well, now Mirud is firing back. Writing on Instagram he dug into his detractors, pointing out that he’s living his best life while they’re hiding behind their computers throwing shade. It’s far easier to try and take others down with your keyboard than it is to stand centre stage and slay. Much of this hate, he says, has come from within his own LGBT community.
“People who degrade others often end up degrading themselves. It’s funny how nasty comments question whether I’m a man or woman because an outfit that I wore last night at Fik 59’ was not directed to a bunch of straight men…”
“These comments don’t bother me cause I’ve heard all of that sh*t before. I’m a MAN and I’m an ARTSIT and doing better than most of y’all who are sitting behind a computer all day spreading hate towards someone who’s actually trying to make positive change so that the next time y’all walk in the street, you don’t have to worry about getting killed or beaten up for being you. I put myself at risk to travel during this time and do this show for the LGBT community in Albania and it saddens me that there’s so much hate in our community itself. I put myself at risk by even wearing what I wore and I am proud for doing that.”
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“Your death threats, y’all telling me to go hang myself don’t really bother me either. So tell me how can a change be made if we already hate one another? How can we expect others to respect us when we don’t respect ourselves? I’ll always be myself whether you think I look like a woman or a man. And at the end of the day I look better than all of you little birds.”
Festivali i Këngës 59 begins on Monday 21 December with the grand final on Wednesday 23 December.
What do you think about Mirud’s response? Do you admire him for pursuing his artistic vision despite the naysayers? Are you hoping that he will dance his way to Eurovision 2021? And are you loving those plumes of smoke from his dancers? Shout out your comments below!