Tonight in Stockholm, Sweden, Hovi Star will take the stage singing for Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest. Despite the fact that the bookings agencies across Europe predict Israel will not be qualified this year for the Eurovision final on Saturday, the publicly-out Star managed to grab a lot of attention during this Eurovision Week.
After the story of being bullied in the Russian airport, Hovi Star didn’t stop bringing some (gay) spice into the Eurovision week. First it was a feud with the Dutch singer Douwe Bob: “Don’t mess with me girl,” he called out the Netherlands’ (male) singer. ” you’re talking bad about me on television, I’m gonna talk about you on television.”
Then he called out gay fans of Eurovision not to shout ‘boo’ during Russia’s performance, an act that has become a tradition in recent years, due to the country’s mistreatment of LGBT people. “That’s not fair. If you’re thinking about booing anyone on stage, not just Russia or Israel or anyone, then don’t come to Eurovision,” he said. “Sergey [the Russian singer, who’s also the bookings’ favorite to win the contest this year] is not the one who’s making the laws in Russia. He’s not the one that ripped my passport when I came to Russia.”
After the bullying Hovi experienced in the Russian airport, many journalists wanted to know more about his experience being bullied at school. “Sadly [the way I look] comes with a price and let me tell you something. Every time someone bullies me or tells me that I can’t do something or tells me that something is not right with how I look or who I am, I go the other way around… I’ll be honest, sometimes not good things come out of this. When I was at school people beat me up, cursed me and sometimes I went home and I cried because I didn’t want to go to school. But you have to wake up every morning and be strong.”
WHAT HAPPENS IF ANTI-GAY RUSSIA WINS EUROVISION, THE WORLD’S GAYEST SINGING COMPETITION?
Even though Russia is expected to win Eurovision this weekend, the country is still widely reviled for its 2014 invasion of Ukraine and its draconian law forbidding “gay propaganda”, both which go against Eurovision’s stated aims of unity and acceptance. While Russia is hardly the only country in Eurovision with human rights abuses — Azerbaijan anyone? — the country and Eurovision as a whole is bound to face some backlash if Russia wins the crystal mic. Continue reading in Unicorn Booty