FUZZ OVER ARAM’S QUESTIONED STATEMENT
GAYARMENIA.BLOSPOT.COM.AU REPORTS – Fuzz over the internet created after a blog reported on Aram MP3 statements regarding Conchita Wurst and her sexuality. Aram MP3, currently the hot favourite to win Eurovision 2014, now claims it was a joke. But what’s the story all about? We extracted the post by GayArmenia Blogspot and let’s see what the author claims, alongside the videos presented:
I am pretty disappointed that from the very first day when Public TV announced Aram MP3 as Armenia representative in Eurovision, he started making homophobic and transphobic remarks, especially in relation to Austrian representative in Eurovision. I am sure Eurovision fans in Europe, including many LGBT people, won’t be impressed to learn about Aram MP3 statements so far.
In his first Public TV appearance following the nomination, answering pretty ridiculous question by Armenia Eurovision delegation head: [what is your opinion about Austria’s “the bearded woman” Conchita’s “orientation”?], Aram MP3 replied that for him it’s “not normal”, “not adequate” and as if jokingly continued: ‘hopefully, we will help her to eventually decide whether she is a woman or man’.
On 20th March, during press conference with local reporters, similar remarks repeated again. Reporters also asked about his opinion of Austrian representative Conchita Wurst. Aram MP3 confessed smiling: ‘it will be difficult’.
“I just realised that, after all, we will be on the same stage, because as part of the Eurovision all participants perform one song together. If you want to know my position, when I pass next to Kom aygi (cruising park in downtown Yerevan frequented by gay men and particularly trans sex workers), I speed up my car. In this case [re Conchita], I will try to somehow put up with.”
Such references to Kom aygi are being routinely used in Armenia by media and individuals to stir-up or gave in to homophobic and transphobic sentiments among mainstream public. Participation of Austria’s Conchita led to calls to boycott Eurovision by homophobic circles claiming it would be ‘dishonour’ for Armenia participant to be on the same stage with Austrian representative.
The following day, during his RFE/RL Facebook ‘press conference’ (event’s page), many Armenian FB users expressed their dismay about his remarks from above meeting with journalists. In reply to criticism, Aram MP3 said he only “jokingly” noted that it would be difficult for him, ‘to make journalists laugh’, but he was “honest”: “I do not live such life, and regardless how the world progressed or regressed, this is an unacceptable subject matter for me.” After journalist’s insistence, he stated he did not mean to offend Conchita.