They recently appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair Italia’s special Pride issue. And tonight in Poland Måneskin gave us even more proof that they are allies of the LGBTQ community.

Performing their global hit “I Wanna Be Your Slave” at the Polsat SuperHit Festival in Sopot, Poland, bandmates Damiano David and Thomas Raggi decided to close the number with a kiss.

As the audience erupted in applause, Damiano said: “We think that everyone should be allowed to do this without any fear. We think that everyone should be completely free to be whoever the f*ck you want. Thank you Poland! Love is never wrong.”

Måneskin’s Damiano and Thomas kiss in Poland to support LGBT rights

 

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Bass guitarist Victoria De Angelis commented under the post, writing: “We all should be proud of who we are. We love you!”

That the group would stage a same-sex kiss in Poland isn’t mere coincidence. Poland’s LGBTQ+ community has felt increasingly under threat in recent years. As Deutsche Welle reports, “the ruling populist PiS party, as well as the Catholic clergy, have been accused of boosting homophobia in Poland.”

“Polish President Andrzej Duda has also been criticized for saying , ‘LGBT is not people, it’s an ideology’ and claimed it was ‘even more destructive than communism.'”

Even the choice of song seems relevant to notions of freedom and living life on one’s own terms. Damiano and his bandmates have previously discussed how the “I Wanna Be Your Slave” lyrics discuss the many facets of human sexuality.

Victoria told Corriere della Sera that of all the lyrics on their album, “I wanna be your slave, I wanna be your master” spoke to her the most strongly.

“I recognize myself in the dualism of opposite things,” she said. “Each of us tends to get an idea of ​​himself and to get stuck there. Instead, one can have pleasure in thinking and being the opposite, while remaining oneself….striving for things that you can appreciate later, but which you don’t feel ready for now.”

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Dolly
Dolly
2 months ago

Brilliant England in the last 8 in euros , shame Europe can’t control this result

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
2 months ago
Reply to  Dolly

Yeah. England will play all the matches, except one, in Wembley. It’s the only team with this privilege. So instead than being a real “itinerant” Euros, for England is a home tournament. And still I believe thay against a team like Italy or Spain UK will not win.

Milan
Milan
2 months ago

What a place to do it! Well done, love is indeed never wrong.

Fatima
Fatima
2 months ago

I’m already getting excited about the show they’ll put on at Eurovision 2022

Moonstar
Moonstar
2 months ago

Måneskin are an inspiration! We need more people like them. 🙂

L’oiseau
L’oiseau
2 months ago

Right on brothers and sisters!

Aeria
Aeria
2 months ago

Good of them. I hope someday Poland and Hungary will wake up and dismiss the primitive mindset that LGBTQ+-people aren’t human beings like anyone else.

Kinga
Kinga
2 months ago
Reply to  Aeria

Please don’t accuse Poland of beeing homophobic. It’s our goverment, supported by church and old people, has this stupid opinions. Believe me, most of Poles have nothing against LGBTQ. Especially young generation. Hopefully in 2 years time we get ride of this terrible goverment.

Shuma
Shuma
2 months ago

Thought Thomas was the drummer?

XCF
XCF
2 months ago
Reply to  Shuma

No, Ethan is the drummer

Shuma
Shuma
2 months ago
Reply to  XCF

Thanks

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
2 months ago

this is a huge statement from them, they’re amazing

Sot
Sot
2 months ago

Well, Måneskin just show to all those people who said that Eurovision winners are completely boring and dull irl that there are no exceptions to the rule… EVERY Eurovision winner has a personality and that goes to show again how massive the impact of Eurovision is to the music industry, even if it is overlooked by ‘Murrica or the UK

Shuma
Shuma
2 months ago
Reply to  Sot

Well, can’t really say Duncan Lawrence exuded personality. 😛

bartosz
bartosz
2 months ago
Reply to  Shuma

And also Ell & Nikki 😀

Last edited 2 months ago by bartosz
Shuma
Shuma
2 months ago
Reply to  bartosz

Exactly

Sot
Sot
2 months ago
Reply to  bartosz

Oh… I guess there ARE some exceptions

Mariia
2 months ago
Reply to  Sot

Jamala is a great example of the winner with a personality as well

Dawid
Dawid
2 months ago
Reply to  Mariia

CrIMeA iS UkraINe?

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
2 months ago
Reply to  Dawid

Definitely yes. Crimea is Ukraine.

Sot
Sot
2 months ago
Reply to  Mariia

Quite a controversial one but still

Dawid
Dawid
2 months ago

Reporters: Politician from your party just said that LGBT aren’t people. What do you think?
One of the most prominent members of PIS: Are they though…? -_-

Adam
Adam
2 months ago

I think that worth to write is about Micha? Szpak (Poland eurovision entry and 3rd televote (probably highest in last years for Poland)) performance same evening few minutes before Maneskin performance. Szpak was awesome.

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
2 months ago

Oh god! Love you Måneskin (especially Ethan). 🙂 Thank you to be so brave.

Alex
Alex
2 months ago

Iconic, legendary. Activists. LGBTQ allies. When will the rest of the artists?

Maneskin are just beginning their career abroad and they are not playing it safe or compromising their beliefs. Kudos to them.

It must be hard booking gigs in Russia now haha but there is a big demand for them everywhere now.

Jo.
Jo.
2 months ago

maneskin > uefa

Kirby
Kirby
2 months ago
Reply to  Jo.

Closing ceremony???

Alex
Alex
2 months ago
Reply to  Jo.

UEFA is so hypocritical. Changing logos to pride colours (just like all enterprises that want to look inclusive) but in essense, they don’t care about LGBTQ rights.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
2 months ago
Reply to  Alex

What is UEFA? I never heard of it.

Sot
Sot
2 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Well, you’re American so it makes sense

Aan Gomes Branco
Aan Gomes Branco
2 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

European Soccer Federation, regulates the European tournament an other related things.

IPIESC
IPIESC
2 months ago

I am happy, that they came to my Country. Also it is nice, and not nice, that they kissed. Nice because I and other Poles appeciate their help for LGBT, and not nice (for Poland ofc) because it is a bit shame that amazing Group from Italy have to help LGBT in Poland than governemt itself. Anyway, Polsat is one of the Best stations in Poland, because it isn’t filled with propaganda etc.

Dawid
Dawid
2 months ago
Reply to  IPIESC

Not filled but it’s not like there’s no bias there. They’ve taken massive right turn a few years ago. But they still have couple of people thinking completely different way and that wouldn’t be acceptable somewhere else

Last edited 2 months ago by Dawid
Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
2 months ago
Reply to  IPIESC

i honestly can’t wait for tvp to be thrown out of the ebu so that polsat can be in charge of poland’s eurovision participations. it’s just beyond me how a public broadcaster of a democratic country functions as the ruling party’s little puppet lol

IPIESC
IPIESC
2 months ago

Well, it will be difficult for Polsat to gain rights for broadcasting, because only public broadcaster can do it (if I am right). In Poland, Polskie Radio had rights too only.

No.
No.
2 months ago

For all who doesn’t know how bad the situation is: few days ago MPs of governing party gave standing ovation to the Minister of Education after member of oposition told him, that his words about pride parades (that people on them are not normal and deviants) are the reason of suicides among LGBT+ children.

Badwoolfgirl
Badwoolfgirl
2 months ago
Reply to  No.

What a load of bull. If anything, Pride saves lives!

Darren
2 months ago

I’d kiss Damiano

fionn
fionn
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

pretty sure we all would….

loveeveryonex
loveeveryonex
2 months ago

I don’t mean to be shady but Duncan could’ve done something similar in Hungary instead of cancelling his performances there. It may be just a gesture and it may not have a strong impact in a country but it’s still a sign, something that may help or give a voice to the LGBTQ+ community in these countries with a homophobic government.

Darren
2 months ago
Reply to  loveeveryonex

Both actions are forms of protest, and I don’t blame Duncan at all, he took the stance that he wanted to take, just as Måneskin did.
Kudos to them both.

Balint
Balint
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Sure, both of them are good ways of protesting against such laws. Still, I think what Måneskin did is better, because by doing what they did, their fans in Poland could still see them perform, while Duncan’s fans in Hungary are getting “punished”. Still, kudos to both of them for taking a stance against these laws.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
2 months ago
Reply to  loveeveryonex

there’s no demand for dunce anyway, it’s not like he would’ve been booked to perform in hungary lol

Ashton
Ashton
2 months ago

girl where did this Duncan hate come from…..one of the best winners of the decade babe

sTommie
sTommie
2 months ago
Reply to  Ashton

He went from sore loser to sore winner.

Shuma
Shuma
2 months ago
Reply to  loveeveryonex

Duncan is weak and superficial, Maneskin are genuine and authentic.
Don’t forget Duncan dumped his long time boyfriend as soon as he got a whiff of fame.

Azaad
Azaad
2 months ago
Reply to  loveeveryonex

Aren’t Hungary’s laws more homophobic and transphobic than Poland’s? Also Hungary’s government is doing a lot of other problematic things at the moment. I can see why Duncan would want to boycott performing in Hungary.

Also whilst Maneskin are just allies (I think) Duncan is actually LGBTQ+ himself and so might feel uncomfortable visiting a country like Hungary at the moment.

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
2 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

Victoria is bisexual. Damiano is straight but curious (and his girlfriend just said she is bisexual). Ethan said he doesn’t like labels.

Shuma
Shuma
2 months ago
Reply to  Vincenzo

Doesn’t like labels just means “im straight but want to exploit my appeal to my thirsty gay fans”

Last edited 2 months ago by Shuma
Ellie
Ellie
2 months ago
Reply to  Shuma

Or it means exactly what he said. They hardly need help appealing to what feels like most of the planet.

Mich
Mich
2 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

People get the government they deserve / vote for. The government IS the people. if the people feel punished by duncan’s cancellation, then they simply try not to elect their homophobic government. It’s that simple.

sTommie
sTommie
2 months ago
Reply to  loveeveryonex

First of all: Poland isn’t Hungary.
Second: unlike Damiano and Ethan, Duncan is bi, has a male partner. Duncan can’t switch his sexuality. Damiano and Ethan are straight cis males. Great that they showed support, but after that act they still are straight.

Aan Gomes Branco
Aan Gomes Branco
2 months ago
Reply to  sTommie

Ethan isn’t straight. He literally basically said he’s very sexually fluid.

Mich
Mich
2 months ago
Reply to  loveeveryonex

People get the government they deserve / vote for. The government IS the people. if the people feel punished by duncan’s cancellation, then they simply try not to elect their homophobic government. It’s that simple.

Aan Gomes Branco
Aan Gomes Branco
2 months ago
Reply to  Mich

Oh right, if people live under a dictatorship it’s *their* fault. Lmao. What have you been smoking?

Princess Montana Deluxe
Princess Montana Deluxe
2 months ago

My heroes

Last edited 2 months ago by Princess Montana Deluxe
Luisa
Luisa
2 months ago

They are iconic. Måneskin rock the world!