North Macedonia’s Andrea has come under fire in her home country after she threw the North Macedonian flag to the ground at the Eurovision 2022 Turquoise Carpet. She has since apologised for the incident in a recorded message.
On Sunday, Eurovision 2022 stars stunned in the world’s most beautiful creations in the four-hour long Opening Ceremony at the Palace of Venaria. On a sunny and sometimes rainy Turquoise Carpet, the artists had their last big press moment before entering the competition week.
Andrea went full black with a black knee-dress, black tights and long black leather gloves. Initially taking a picture moment with her flag, halfway through the photographers taking their best shots she seemingly decided she wanted to take a few clicks without the flag.
With no delegation member standing close by and not wanting to lose any time, Andrea quickly tossed the flag aside towards the delegation, which then landed on the ground.
MRT condemns Andrea’s tossing aside of the flag
In Skopje, MRT had strong feelings about this action. In a statement on top of their web site, North Macedonia’s broadcaster said it strongly condemned the flag-throwing as shown during the Opening Ceremony. MRT reminded the general audience that in North Macedonia throwing a flag to the floor is seen as a sign of disrespect and is punishable by law in the country.
The broadcaster said among other things:
“The public service is in no way behind this scandalous behaviour of our Eurovision representative, who with that gesture showed disrespect for the national symbol, which is punishable by law.
MRT expects Andrea to apologise to the citizens for such behaviour. The public service is considering the possibility of her withdrawal from Eurovision, although care will be taken not to cause more damage to MRT.
All legal possibilities for the strictest sanctioning for this scandal will be taken against those responsible in the Macedonian delegation.”
Andrea apologises for flag incident at Turquoise Carpet
In a statement recorded by MRT after the Ceremony was completed, Andrea explained the situation and apologised for what had happened. She said:
“Let me make a brief statement from here since the opening because I saw what was written in the media.
I just do not believe it because in the last few days the only thing I did was proudly move and show the Macedonian flag everywhere. The delegation was really far away from me, and I decided in a moment to drop the flag. It was not out of hatred, I’m proud to come from here and that’s why it’s a little pointless to me why this is happening.
I am really here to present [North] Macedonia in the best light and I hope that we can continue in the Eurovision with positivity. We are here to enjoy, here we are sharing passion and I hope that we can overcome this.
I wasn’t intending at all to offend someone and if I did that, I apologise. I carry the flag with me everywhere I go and I hope we can really cross this.”