Hungary pulls out of Eurovision reportedly over concerns the music spectacular is 'too gay'

Hungary will not compete in next year's Eurovision contest, reportedly because it is "too gay".

Eurovision Song Contest 2019 - Grand Final

Icelandic techno band Hatari performs at Eurovision in May. Source: Getty

Hungary's decision to withdraw from the Eurovision song contest has been described as "homophobic."

The nation's state broadcaster MTVA did not provide an official reason for the decision to withdraw from the popular competition, but local media reported sources at the broadcaster said it was because it was "too gay."

A government spokesperson has denied that's the reason, but it comes amid an increase in anti-LGBTIQ+ rhetoric from the country's far-right government.  

Pro-government conservative commentator Andras Bencik applauded the decision, suggesting the mental health of its citizens would be improved by not taking part in the "homosexual flotilla."

"Many young people thought that this is something for people under 18, but at this event the destruction of public taste takes place with screaming transvestites and bearded women," he said referring to Austrian drag performer Conchita, who won Eurovision in 2014.

 

Former winner Conchita performs at this year's Eurovision contest in Tel Aviv.
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The European Union's chief negotiator Guy Verhofstadt said the decision was blatantly homophobic. 

"Even Putin shows more restraint in his homophobia. It's an attack on our European way of life and it must stop," he tweeted. 

The government, led by far-right Prime Minister Viktor Orban, has opposed same-sex marriage and promoted traditional family values, announcing incentives for heterosexual couples to have more children earlier this year. 

Members of the ruling Fidesz party have also linked same-sex marriage with paedophilia and called for a boycott on Coca-Cola after the soft drink company used gay couples in an advertising campaign with the slogan "zero sugar, zero prejudice". 

Hungary competed in this year's Eurovision song contest in Tel Aviv, Israel, but did not qualify for the grand final. 

Joci Papai represented Hungary at this year's contest but did not make the grand final.
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Broadcaster MTVA has previously run a competition to select the country's representative.

It plans to go ahead with the local competition, but instead of going onto compete in Eurovision, the winner will be featured in domestic festivals. 


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Published 29 November 2019 at 10:16am, updated 29 November 2019 at 10:20am