Russian delirium continues, Putin attacks Conchita
TELEGRAPH.CO.UK REPORTS – Vladimir Putin has attacked Conchita Wurst, the Austrian drag artist who won the Eurovision Song Contest, for aggressively flaunting her sexuality and putting herself ‘up for show’. The Russian President, who said he was “very liberal”, was attempting to pour water on a controversy which saw thousands of Russians protest before Wurst’s performance and the Orthodox Church describe her as an “abomination” by saying she has the “right” to live how she wants.
However, Mr Putin’s comments appeared to fan the flames of the row as he made his back-handed defence of Wurst, whose real name is Thomas Neuwirth. He told a dinner in St Petersburg: “The Bible talks about the two genders, man and woman, and the main purpose of union between them is to produce children. For us it is important to reaffirm traditional values…. I personally am very liberal (on matters of personal morality). People have the right to live their lives the way they want. But they should not be aggressive, or put it up for show.”
Prior to Wurst’s win, over 15,000 conservatives in Russia signed a petition requesting that the state broadcaster remove Eurovision from its TV schedule, accusing “European liberals” of subjecting their children to a “hotbed of sodomy”.
“Austria will be represented in Eurovision 2014 by the transvestite contestant Conchita Wurst, who leads the lifestyle inapplicable for Russians,” the All-Russian Parent Meeting petition read. The Russian Orthodox Church described Wurst as an “abomination” and that her victory was “one more step in the rejection of the Christian identity of European culture”.
Wurst, who won the contest with the song Rise Like a Phoenix, was also blamed for flooding that left over 50 people dead in the Balkans as church leaders said the tragedy was “divine punishment” for Conchita’s victory.
On the night of Eurovision itself, Russia’s entrants, the 17-year-old Tolmachevy Sisters, received a chorus of boos every time they were awarded a point as the audience aired their views about recent violence and upheaval in Ukraine and Crimea.
After her win, Wurst said: “This night is dedicated to everyone who believes in a future of peace and freedom.” She added: “We are a unity and we are unstoppable”.