Israeli reality show contestant receives flak for song mocking gay men

‘The Next Star’ contestant wrote and performed an original song ‘Leave the Closet’ about a man who ‘craves butts’ and ‘drops the soap’

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A contestant on Israel’s singing competition series ‘The Next Star’ has received criticism for performing an original song that mocked gay men with lyrics about a man who ‘craves butts’ and ‘drops the soap’.

Some 200 complaints about the song were reportedly sent over the weekend following Maor Gamliel performance of ‘Leave the closet’ on Friday to the Keshet production company, which produced the series for Channel 2, according to the Times of Israel quoting the Haaretz newspaper.

The Times reported that gay rights group National LGBT Task Force had called on LGBTI rights supporters to send letters to the production company to protest the song.

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The song, written and performed by contestant Maor Gamliel, was titled “Leaving the Closet,” and contained lyrics that mocked gay male sex: “Moshiko [a diminutive Hebrew form of the name Moshe], is interested in boys, Moshiko, craves butts, Moshiko, always in the showers, ignoring the girls, dropping his underwear, dropping the soap, should be in the theater, come on already, leave the closet, Moshiko.” Read on The Times of Israel