Russia must leave Eurovision 'immediately' following Conchita Wurst victory – and set up a 'straight' equivalent, says MP
Russia should withdraw from future Eurovision song contests and stage its own "straight" equivalent, according to Russian MPs.
Valerii Rishkin, a member of the Communist Party, condemned this year’s Austrian winner, bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst, as the “last straw”, Interfax reported.
Mr Rishkin said Russia should instead host a talent competition entitled the “Voice of Eurasia” in the future.
“The results of the latest Eurovision were the last straw,” he said, describing Ms Wurst as an "insult to most of the Russian population, and any other country".
“We must leave this contest immediately; it is high time that we stop tolerating this madness. Each year Russia spends €40 million on this,” he said.
Mr Rishkin added: “We have global events such as the Olympics; we can have our own contest. I think that all countries from the Eurasian space, as well as many others, will support us.”
Ms Wurst, whose real name is Tom Neuwirth, was branded a “pervert” by Russian politician Vitaly Milonov after she sang her way to victory with the song “Rise Like a Phoenix” on Saturday.
And she has been accused by homophobic Russian protesters of creating a “hotbed of sodomy” at the 59th Eurovision song contest.
Olga Batalina, Russia's deputy head of the parliamentary committee on family, women and children, said the results of Eurovision were the product of “propaganda of untraditional culture, including gay culture”.
But Ms Wurst withstood the criticism and said she hoped her triumph signalled hope for a “future that can function without discrimination and is based on tolerance and respect”.
Game of Thrones
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Barbarians vs Samoa interrupted by sprinklers as fans criticise lack of Wi-Fi and poor seating at West Ham's Olympic Stadium
- 2 Watch the Supermoon live: How to see the brightest Moon of the year tonight
- 3 Hulk Hogan wants to be Donald Trump's running mate in the US Presidential election
- 4 Blood Moon and Supermoon: September to bring brightest – and dimmest – full Moon of the year on same night
- 5 David De Gea to Real Madrid: Real finally get their man with £29m bid for Manchester United goalkeeper
Game of Thrones season 6: Jon Snow theorists believe Ned Stark's son may have a twin sister
Edinburgh Fringe 2015: Monty Python-inspired Australian Sam Simmons wins comedy award with 'very silly' show
X Factor hopeful Mason Noise: 'How is Cheryl Fernandez-Versini in the music business, let alone a judge?'
Game of Thrones season 6: Director promises most exciting premiere yet 'starts off with a bang'
Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Online toy marathon to launch new film
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
'Women only' train carriages: Jeremy Corbyn unveils radical move to tackle public harassment
Black holes are a passage to another universe, says Stephen Hawking
Iain Duncan Smith 'should resign over disability benefit death figures', says Jeremy Corbyn
Tony Blair attacks Jeremy Corbyn's 'Alice In Wonderland' politics
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up