We’re just hours away from crowning the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2024. But one of the more controversial acts in its home country is not a firebrand pop princess but a middle aged couple singing under the moniker ‘Nebulossa’. Their electro-pop anthem ‘Zorra’ has caused a stir in Spain as it attempts to reclaim the word ‘Vixen,’ often used as a slur to mean something like ‘bitch’ or ‘slut.’ “‘Zorra’ is partly autobiographical; it reflects women’s experiences of feeling marginalized and underestimated. Nebulossa’s María “Mery” Bas told Wiwibloggs, ‘We decided to craft this song as a form of therapy.’ 

The use of the word though (47 times throughout the 3-minute song), has even divided Spain’s feminist movement, with some arguing it’s a powerful reclamation of the word, while others say it’s derogatory.

‘The problem is that this song is going to represent the country, and it’s going to say, Europe, hey, guys came to Spain because there is plenty of sex. And this sex is related to prostitution, wherein many women are being exploited,’ Eva Neila Ausín of Spain’s Feminist Movement of Madrid Group explained to the What Really Happened podcast. The Feminist Movement of Madrid caused controversy in Spain following a public row with Spain’s main feminist movement, the 8M Commission, over its support for trans rights legislation. 

With regards to Zorra, the debate has become so intense that even Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez weighed in. ‘It seems to me that feminism is not only fair but also fun; this type of provocation necessarily has to come from culture,’ he told Spain’s La Sexta.

 It hasn’t fazed the band much. ‘The criticism has been minimal compared to the overwhelming positive reception we’ve received. Nebulossa’s Mark Dasousa told us. 

‘In this episode of “What Really Happened at Eurovision?” We delve into the story of how a middle aged couple from coastal Spain exposed an existential fracture in Spain’s feminist movement and what it says about where the country is culturally today.

Have a listen and let us know what you think in the comments box down below. 

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Emily
Emily
10 days ago

I’ve been listening to Zorra a bunch since last night. I might actually give them a vote, the 2nd semifinal performance always puts a broad smile on my face!

Sun
Sun
10 days ago

They were my guilty pleasure in the second semi-final, they surprised me and one of my votes tonight will gladly go to Nebulossa

Jonas
Jonas
10 days ago

“Middle aged” like it’s a disability or something

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
10 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

This is something i dont understand… They all are against ageism and whatever but then they are always pointing at her age… Why do they have to say anything at all about her age???

Eyal
Eyal
10 days ago
Reply to  Jonkonfui

Because this is something fans are thinking of. It will not disappear just like that. Besides, the point is it doesn’t matter how old you are, you can do great.

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
10 days ago
Reply to  Eyal

But if It does not Matter how old people are why do they keep pointing out that she is mature?… Even if they dont say It in a derogatory way they say It once and again

Ari
Ari
10 days ago

They are cool!

Im so fab
Im so fab
10 days ago

Spain will get underrated by the juries, so I’m hoping for a high public vote to give them a decent placing.

Jofty
Jofty
10 days ago
Reply to  Im so fab

In a difficult year, this is great fun (without being a “joke” entry) and I expect to vote for it tomorrow. Also, the jury might surprise you. Is it true one of the dancers did not get his trousers off in time during rehearsals? Lol ++

Frank Arthur
Frank Arthur
10 days ago

If is justice in this World, this must be the winner this year,hope people apreciate it