Eurovision, Russia and the war on Lithuania
Allegations of a plot to take Russia out the competition, angry comments from Polina Gagarina fans, protests of MPs of the Duma, while there are those who want to send tanks to Vilnius, again. Because Eurovision is a serious matter.
- Tuesday, 26 May 2015
Shame and dishonor. Lithuania gave zero points to the song A Million Voices of Russian singer Polina Gagarina. Even if they had given the highest score, the victory would still went to Sweden, but the humiliation is too great to go unnoticed. A big, round zero. It's just too much.
"To give no points to the splendid Polina Gagarina is simply indecent," head of United Russia Frants Klintsevych said. "Ordinary people in Europe, despite all attempts to smear our country, behaved well with Russia." Italy, Germany, Belgium, Spain, France, Portugal and Estonia gave high scores. But Lithuania no.
People’s comments on social networks were less diplomatic. "I do not understand, Lithuania gave zero points to Russia, but we have not yet taken even a small patch of land. Neither we have dropped a single bomb. Yet", wrote Sergei D. "Tanks, ahead", tweeted Rita S. And so on waging war. Sadly, it would not be the first time. Lithuanians still remember Russian tanks on the streets of Vilnius in 1991.
Aleksey Denisenkov, columnist for the Komsomolskaya Pravda, wrote a long and inflammatory article to explain, in his view, the reason for this disgrace. "The anti-Russian attitude of the commission did everything possible to block vows that many Lithuanians have certainly given to Polina ". It is the theory of a plot. Viewers vote by phone would be rigged by the commission.
Actually is a bit suspicious, considering the 200,000 Russians in Lithuania. But then he explains how it was possible: viewers gave Polina the 3rd place, while the commission voted for the 20th. The result was the average 11th place, that scores zero points. Blame the politicized jury, then.
The long article mentions the Russian ban on importing dairy products from Lithuania, the Baltics harsh reaction and the Lithuania’s president Dalia Grybauskaite tough line against Moscow's.
The Baltic website in Russian language NewsBalt, based in Kaliningrad, headlined even stronger. In the article called "The Lithuanian vote at Eurovision: Russophobia that rapes culture", clearly accuses the organization of Eurovision of havung boycotted Polina. Everything just to spoil the party for the Russians.
Just songs? I would not say so. At least according to Lithuanian side. The TV host Andrius Uzkalnis said that "Eurovision is not just a musical event, but also a political one. It is a test of loyalty between neighboring and friend countries. I am proud that Lithuania has given zero points to Russia. There should be no place for them in these international competitions." Washington Post’s style expert Soraya McDonald's agrees. "Politics always influenced Eurovision," she tweeted.
Lithuania already made Russians beginning to see red with the double same-sex kiss during its performance. Something to rehash what happened last year. While Conchita Wurst was lovely smiling trough her thick black beard, Russian politician Vitaly Milonov (the principal sponsor of legislation criminalizing homosexual propaganda directed toward minors who had previously called for the country to boycott the contest over Wurst’s selection) said: “Eurovision is Sodom show. Even just broadcasting the competition in Russia could insult millions of Russians. The participation of the obvious transvestite and hermaphrodite Conchita Wurst on the same stage as Russian singers on live television is blatant propaganda of homosexuality and spiritual decay.” Someone even wanted to organize a Russovision that would be immune from such decay. But this did not happen and the Russians had to endure the spectacle of a transvestite hermaphrodite on the same stage of a Russian singer for the second year in a row. Double shame and dishonor.
By the way, how many points gave Russia to Lithuania? Zero.