Netta Chooses Tel Aviv Pride over Russian Award

Israel’s Netta Barzilai gave a show-stopping performance of “Toy” on May 12, complete with feminist lyrics and a catchy beat that gave her country its first win since 1998. She continues to inspire. Facing the choice of attending Tel Aviv pride or receiving an award in Russia, she declares Pride is “much more important.”  

Netta, 25, picked up OUTtv’s OUTmusic Award after winning the vote among LGBT fans before the contest, and was invited to accept another honour following her win.

According to Russian news outlet Super, Muz-TV – a channel which was modelled after MTV – wanted to award Netta its Transformation award. But the star reportedly wasn’t about to receive an honour in Russia, a country which has seen hate crimes against LGBT people double since its government created a law banning gay “propaganda”.

Netta responded that she won’t be able to attend the June 8 event because she’ll be marching in Tel Aviv Pride, a rally which she said was “much more important” to her.

She also voiced her concerns that a Pride march like one in the Tel Aviv wouldn’t be allowed in Russia.