Eneda Tarifa cause reactions over Conchita comments
TIRANA, ALBANIA – The Albanian representative at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, Eneda Tarifa, has got herself in some hot water for comments she made last year regarding the 2014 Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst.
Commenting on Conchita’s win, Eneda wrote on her Facebook last year, “Is this really the Eurovision? Hahahah are you kidding? Where are we heading? Where is the music? Where is the music hidden?”
Following an outcry from gay activists, the singer further wrote that she was, “Against any kind of sexual, political, religious, regional or racial exhibitionism at the expense of art”, adding that she wrote her comments as a criticism against so-called “lobbying groups” — across “sexual affiliation, religious affiliation, regional affiliation, etc.”, arguing that they damage art. Her comments have been republished by some Albanian media following her national selection win.
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Eneda Tarifa won the national selection, Festivali i Këngës, over the weekend with the song “Përrallë” (Fairytale), which she will take with her to the Eurovision stage in Stockholm next year. Albania came 17th in the final this year in Vienna.