Sunday 21 January 2018

Turkey axes Eurovision final broadcast over lesbian kiss

Krista kissing her backing singer. Photo: Dennis Stachel/EBU
Krista kissing her backing singer. Photo: Dennis Stachel/EBU

Brian O'Reilly in Malmo

TURKISH television hasd decided to axe the live broadcast of tonight’s Eurovision final over a lesbian kiss during the Finnish performance.

Although Turkey decided not to participate this year, Turkish television was still going to show a live broadcast of the final.

However after Finland’s entry ‘Marry me’ got through Thursday’s second semi final, the broadcaster has decided to pull the plug on the show.

The station is believed to have cited the kiss as a piece of ‘gay propaganda’ and therefore will not broadcast the show.

Finland’s singer Krista has said the kiss is a statement in support of gay marriage, and it expresses her frustration at countries which haven’t legislated for it.

Ten years ago Russian pop group TATU were banned by organisers from kissing on stage, as the they deemed the act inappropriate for a family show.

Finland will perform in tonight’s grand final, which begins at 8pm.

Follow Brian O’Reilly’s live blog from inside the Malmo arena tonight for exclusive backstage gossip, and to have your say on the show.

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