EUROPE – The strange story about Hovi star being mocked at the airport of Moscow came out yesterday in an interview of Spanish singer Barei were she not only revealed the story but she even said that “if she was gay she would have never voted for Russia”, a statement which was considered by many as a strike bellow the belt,especially since Barei is an artist representing an other country with a similar style of song with Russia.
The organiser of the Russian pre party Dmitry Melnikov gave an exclusive interview to oikotimes where he said: “I am very surprised that this story comes out after 3 weeks. We were in daily contact with Hovi Star and his manager during their stay in Moscow and they never mentioned any incident in the airport. They arrived from Riga to Sheremetevo airport of Moscow and we know that there were hundreds of people there but the control of each artist didn’t take more than 5 minutes. If an incident was mentioned to us we would have contacted the authorities.”
He also said: “Eurovision was 7 years ago in Moscow and everyone knows that there was no issue with gay people. Hovi Star himself spend 48 hours in Russia, he met representatives from 80 media outlets, he performed in front of 2000 fans at the concert, and there are videos online that show how the audience applauded him. So I feel it is unfair an incident that could happen in any airport in the world to characterise the people leaving in the whole city”. And he finishes saying that “We did our best not only to promote but also to host all singers of the pre party in the best possible way, and it really disappoints me that this was never mentioned but neither Barei or Hovi Star”.
We kindly asked Hovi Star to respond to this story: “In Moscow people have a rough time with people like me, maybe because I’m Gay … When I wanted to get into Moscow I had trouble with the passport control. It’s amazing that this happened in the Eurovision bubble. My song, “Made of Stars”, it talks about equality. It talks about how everyone is the same, everybody was born the same, everybody will die the same. And I always say, give love — it’s free. There’s no need for hate, there’s no need for negativity. And I choose to really take it as a lesson.”
We also contacted Barei’s management for a comment but at the moment of publication, there was no answer to our e-mail. We are also in a position to know that another Eurovision artist was present at the arrival of Hovi Star and although he said there was no incident at all, he kindly asked us not to mention his name.