Building Bridges at Eurovision – Conchita Wurst and Polina Gagarina
The 2015 Eurovision Song Contest has a theme of Building Bridges and it seems to be having a positive effect for one of Eurovision’s strongest supporters – the LGTB community.
There is no doubt that Conchita Wurst’s Eurovision Song Contest victory has had a positive effect on the cause of equality. She dedicated her Eurovision win to all those who hope for equality and unity, stating. “This night is dedicated to everyone who believes in a future of peace and freedom. You know who you are. We are unity and we are unstoppable.”
Conchita has taken up the cause of equality for the LGTB community and was hailed by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon who called her victory ‘an electrifying moment of human rights education’ and said ‘she confounds people’s preconceived ideas of gender and sexuality – and she appeals to them to accept her as she is.’
A year on and Conchita is finding great value in the theme of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest: Building Bridges. She has found an ally in Russia’s representative Polina Gagarina, who between them and their public acts of friendship have definitely helped build bridges between the army of Eurovision fans and the Russian delegation.
Last year’s Russian entry, 17 year old Tolmachevy sisters were distraught after being loudly booed before and after their performance in Copenhagen. It was unfair for two girls not old enough to vote to be held accountable for the actions of a Government.
The European Broadcasting Union stated clearly in their Eurovision Song Contest press conference yesterday that this would not be tolerated and asked for artists to be respected for their efforts at Eurovision. They also stated that flags in the arena should only be of participating nations.
Polina has been clear that she believes everyone is equal and the fans and journalists at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest have been swayed by her public appearances and performances. She is now seen as a strong favourite.
The EBU have been clear in their press conference that only flags of competing countries at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest should be waved in the Vienna Stadthalle arena during the broadcasts however many rainbow flags were held aloft swaying to the Russian entry during it’s successful passage through last night’s semi final. It is a tribute to Polina’s efforts in Vienna that the ‘boogate’ incident seems to have been removed from the competition, much to the relief of all that love the Eurovision Song Contest.
Polina Gagarina has embraced last year’s Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst in Vienna. The two have shared jokes, friendly embraces and it is entirely possible that Conchita will pass her crown to Polina on Saturday night. Russia are quickly becoming the front runner at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. You can see them meeting below on Polina’s Instagram.
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