Turkey cancels Eurovision Song Contest over lesbian kiss

Gay activists are claiming Turkey's official television channel will not show the annual competition over Finland's entry standing up for marriage equality

Turkey cancels Eurovision Song Contest over lesbian kiss
16 May 2013

Turkey will not be showing Eurovision Song Contest 2013 over alleged fears there will be a lesbian kiss shown this week.

Finland’s entry, Krista Siegfrids, is expected to kiss one of her female dancers on stage during her performance at the semi-finals tonight (16 May) in Malmö, Sweden.

If Europe votes Finland through to the Grand Final (18 May), she will perform the same routine with an expected audience of over 60 million people.

When she spoke to Gay Star News, she said kissing a woman on stage is a statement in support of marriage equality in Finland and across the world.

Turkey’s TRT, the official television channel, first said they will broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest despite the country not taking part this year.

Following outraged reports in Turkish media of Siegfrids kissing a woman in rehearsals and warm-up gigs, gay activists are claiming this is what made TRT cancel Eurovision.

On TRT’s website, they say the ‘ratings will be too low’ to warrant showing the competition. Last year, one in four Turkish people tuned in to watch the show.

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