The long-running unrest in Belarus has spread to this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, with organizers excluding the country from contesting for songs that violate rules while withholding political content.
The country’s original song entry, “Ye Nachu Tebya” (I Won’t You) by the band Gelasi Zesta, was criticized by opposition celebrities who said that songs like “I will teach you the line” were supported by President Alexandra Ji. . Lukashenko’s violent Crackdown on antigovernment. Eurovision fans start A. Online petition The organizers asked Belarus to withdraw from the competition.
This month the European Broadcasting Union, which organizes international musicals, Wrote to the national broadcaster of Belarus, BTRC, stating that the entry was not eligible to compete in the musical talent show in May this year in the Dutch city of Rotterdam.
“The song incorporates a non-political nature in the competition,” the Broadcasting Union statement said.
Belarus was given the opportunity to present a revised version of the song, or a new tune. But after evaluating the replacement, the union said in another Statement on friday evening “The new submission was also in violation of the rules” and Belarus would be disqualified.
Belarus was in the grip for weeks Mass protests After last year, Mr. Lukashenko claimed that many Western governments had won an embarrassing election in August. His security forces then brutally cracked down on large-scale demonstrations.
Both songs that entered the Eastern European nation for Eurovision this year were seen as pro-government songs and fantasy. The band, which performs Galassi Zesta, also learned what could be interpreted as an anti-Semitic message on its website, aimed at people who “love the country we love and Trying to destroy the country in which we live “” We cannot remain indifferent to them “.
Eurovision Rule state The event is non-political and no song, speech, gestures of any political, commercial or similar nature will be allowed in the contest.
Belarus began competing in Eurovision in 2004 and have fielded one entrant each year since then, so it knew what it was doing to record songs that delivered political messages, said Oliver Adams, for A reporter Wiwibloggs, A widely read site for Eurovision news.
Although coronovirus epidemics Eurovision’s 2020 Grand Finale halted, more than 180 million people watched the competition In 2019. As the world’s longest running annual television music competition, it has a highly dedicated following for fans.
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In Eurovision, it is rare for countries to be drawn to tune with political ventures, but this has happened before. Georgia recorded the song “We Don’t Wanna Put In” for the 2009 competition held in Moscow, but The organizers rejected it Russia’s President Vladimir V., including wordplay, in the song’s title. For explicit references to Putin. Georgia withdrew from the competition that year but denied that the song contained “political statements”.
this year, Armenia also withdraws from Eurovision. Its public broadcaster attributed the decision to political fallout in part. Conflict with Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh region.
“This is not the first time that political tension has found its way into the Eurovision-zone,” Mr. Adams said. “These external-Eurovision bubble problems sometimes make their way into the competition, but ultimately they never break it.”