Israel 2016: Reactions over a participant in Rising Star
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TEL AVIV, ISRAEL – Israel’s reality singing competition, The Next Star of Eurovision, is under fire for one contestant’s performance of a song that contained lyrics mocking a gay character.
The song, performed by Maor Gamliel, was called “Leaving the Closet,” and contained the lyrics: “Moshiko is interested in boys, Moshiko craves butts, Moshiko always in the showers, ignoring the girls, dropping his underwear, dropping the soap, should be in the theater, come on already, leave the closet, Moshiko.”
The show’s bosses say it was meant to be funny, and even the show’s out gay host, Asi Azar, said the audience needed to view it as a joke, but many critics did not find it funny.
Keshet, the company that produces the show, has received over 200 complaints following the song’s airing, and now the National LGBT Task Force is encouraging supporters to issue even more complaints.
Those upset with the lyrics are arguing that the song contains “statements that reinforce stigmas and prejudices, and at the same time place parents of children watching the show in an uncomfortable situation.”