GREECE – The 2019 Greek representative, Katerine Duska spoke recently to Antivirus Magazine, the one and only gay free press in Greece. Apparently the interview given before the Amsterdam concert as there is a specific question regarding the choice of those two promo events. Unfortunately many Greek sites took the following context as the official response of Katerine Duska to Roger Waters. Although the question was about reactions and boycott in general, that answer could easily have been an answer to Mr Waters.
“Clearly. This issue, the boycott, has taken enormous proportions. For me, Eurovision has always been a competition for friendship, unity, multiculturalism, and it is a musical competition, regardless of the country hosting it every year. I am a musician, I am not a politician, I can not talk about the actions of any government, any state.
As a musician I believe that the purpose of music is to unite the world, not divide it, and that is why music must not be censored. If that’s what you ask me. I have never seen the contest behave with racism and discrimination. What other states do. And that’s why I think Eurovision has endured so much in time. Israel has always been involved and embraced by this contest.
Each year the contest will be hosted somewhere, it is not a political issue. Its purpose is to bridge the differences, involve countries from the West, from the East, very different states, different religions. They all come together, coexist in an institution, which is a terrible event. They all hold the flag of their country in a single audience next to each other and they all have the same fun. There is no hatred.
And I, grown up in Canada, have not become accustomed to something else. I was in a school class of 40 children, where almost every child was from a different country, origin. This is my natural environment and I like it very much that we have a pan-European competition that is expanding. And I also enjoyed great fun, when I learned that this year, for the first time, it will also be broadcast directly to Canada. That’s awesome.”
Have in mind that Katerine Duska participated in the 2013 Athens Pride concert (from which although I was also working for Antivirus Magazine) we found no video – only the footage above in some parts of which you can spot the Greek representative. Speaking about the LGBT community, their rights and her participation in the Pride concert Katrine said:
How do you identify yourself in relation to your sexual identity?
For me, really, these “labels” are too obsolete. I was incredibly supportive of the community community, my first solo live was at the Athens Pride in 2013. I felt it was an ideal juncture, I have it very magically in my mind, and in general I hurt every fight, it makes me incredibly proud that this group has finally, voice in this country. Because when I came to Greece I did not have the voice she has today. For me it is incredible what you have accomplished. And it’s very nice how many artists you have with you. It says the song: Way to love, which you love, that is, it never fucks, it really is the way that you love someone. So for me it’s all very relevant, maybe a lifetime is with a man or a woman or anything and this then changes. Quite simply: We’re asking people.
Is the song also a “statement”?
Surely, I knew it sounded like a statement, and I was annoyed with it, because it did not make it to my singing and I was very anxious to seem to “teach” the audience. Like I know better. These are my thoughts, through quests, that I feel like sharing with too many people. I have the same quests. Actually, I feel that love does not see faces, does not see sex, it does not work like that.
So you are in favor of all the claims of the community of LAKA in Greece.
Are you working me now? Is there a question about this? It is understandable and I find it tragic that we have been so late. I am absolutely in favor. I find it tragic that in 2019 we are still doing this conversation.
Back in 2016, oikotimes.com and Antivirus Magazine hosted our 15th online anniversary at the magazine’s headquarters down town Athens. At the event, Athens LGBT community, and fan club members got invited to enjoy a wonderful cocktail afternoon with Sergey Lazarev and Helena Paparizou.