A Russian lawmaker has condemned the Eurovision Song Contest as ‘gay propaganda’.
Vitaly Milonov, co-sponsor of the ban on the promotion of ‘non-traditional relationships’, has called on Russia’s Eurovision selection committee to boycott this year’s contest in May.
Describing it as a ‘Europe-wide gay parade’, Milonov argued if Russia participates it would ‘contradict the path of cultural and moral renewal that Russia stands for today.’
His main issue with Eurovision, held in Copenhagen, Denmark this year, is the inclusion of Austrian performer Conchita Wurst.
The drag performer is the subject of numerous protests and petitions calling for her removal because she is seen as ‘unnatural’.
‘Even just broadcasting the competition in Russia could insult millions of Russians,’ Milonov said in the letter, according to a statement from his press service.
‘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.’
In a series of tweets, Milonov said while ‘completely boycotting’ the ‘Sodom show’ was not necessary, the ‘pervert from Austria’ should be excluded.
In the past, Milonov has called for his country to hold its own ‘Russiavision’ showcasing ‘traditional values’.