“This shameful competition”: Turkish President Erdogan criticizes Eurovision, supporting the LGBTQ+ community

“This shameful competition”: Turkish President Erdogan criticizes Eurovision, supporting the LGBTQ+ community
“This shameful competition”: Turkish President Erdogan criticizes Eurovision, supporting the LGBTQ+ community

Turkey does not seem ready to compete at Eurovision again. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized, this Monday during a meeting of his government, the competition – a real media scene for the LGBTQ+ community – of corrupting traditional family values, reports Associated Press.

“It has become impossible to find normal people at these events,” the Turkish president said in his speech, calling the candidates “Trojan horses of social corruption.”

The Turkish leader’s statements undoubtedly follow the victory of Swiss singer Nemo during the 2024 edition, becoming the first non-binary person to win in this competition which has long been considered a platform for voices of LGBTQ+ community.

Nemo Mettler won the competition with “The Code,” a highly personal track blending pop, opera and rap and recounting his journey toward realizing his gender identity.

“Shameful competition”

This competition regularly appears as a showcase for the LGBTQ+ community. The Austrian bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst, who won the 2014 edition, or the French candidate Bilal Hassani in 2019, marked the competition.

“We understand better why we made the right decision in keeping Turkey away from this shameful competition for the last twelve years,” Erdogan said afterwards. Turkey withdrew from the competition after the 2012 edition.

The ruling Justice and Development Party, of which Erdogan is a member, has become less tolerant of LGBTQ+ rights in recent years.

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