Hungary withdraws from “homosexual flotilla” Eurovision Song Contest

Hungary has withdrawn from the Eurovision Song Contest, amid claims that it is “too gay” for the country’s right-wing leaders.

The 2020 contest in Rotterdam will mark the first time that Hungary will not compete since 2010, with the Eastern European country taking part a total of 19 times since 1993.

According to The Guardian, sources from Hungary’s national broadcaster MTVA say that Eurovision’s historical connection to LGBTQ+ culture is the reason that Hungary will not be competing, although no specific reason has been provided.

They said: “I was not surprised. It comes from the organisational culture of MTVA.”

MTVA said in a statement: “Instead of taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2020, we will support the valuable productions created by the talents of Hungarian pop music directly.”

Hungarian news site also claims that the decision was made because Eurovision is “too gay”, although a representative for Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán calls the claims “fake news”.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban (Getty)

Hungarian TV commentator András Bencsik has also called Eurovision a “homosexual flotilla”.

He said: “I welcome the decision, including from a mental health perspective, that Hungary will not take part in the homosexual flotilla that this international song competition has been reduced to. Many young people thought that this is something for people under 18, but at this event the destruction of public taste takes place with screaming transvestites and bearded women.”

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Hungary were most recently represented at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv by Joci Pápai for the second time after 2017, but he failed to qualify with his song ‘Az én apám’.

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