Eurovision hosts banned from wearing rainbow to protest anti-gay laws

Actor Pilou Asbæk, best known for his role on Danish drama Borgen, said he wanted to show in some way he was opposed to homophobia in European countries

Eurovision hosts banned from wearing rainbow to protest anti-gay laws
09 May 2014

This year’s hosts of the Eurovision Song Contest were banned from wearing rainbow colors to protest against anti-gay laws.

Actor Pilou Asbæk (pictured left), perhaps best known for his dark role on Danish drama Borgen where he plays tormented spin doctor Kasper Juul, said he wanted to show in some way he was opposed to homophobia.

But Eurovision organizers banned him from doing so, saying the camp contest is not intended to be political.

‘You can see in the world right now that people are becoming more and more afraid of sexuality. That’s so weird. It doesn’t make sense,’ Asbæk told The Guardian.

‘But I’m not allowed to be political. Because east Europe is such a big part of Eurovision. They just need to chill the fuck down.’

He added: ‘I asked them if I can wear rainbows. No. We’re not allowed to be political. It’s about music, not politics.

‘But music and politics, you cannot divide them. Not in my mind.

‘Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Finland always give each other top points in Eurovision. If that’s not politics, I don’t know what is.’

Asbæk said the Eurovision Song Contest was created after World War II in order to unite Europe with the power of music.

‘Everyone’s welcome. Hispanic lesbian woman, welcome. Little Jewish gay guy, welcome,’ he said.

‘Everybody, as long you like music and like to party, you’re welcome. I love that.’

The final of the Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, tomorrow evening (10 May).

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