Erdogan Condemns Eurovision as a Threat to Traditional Values

Written by Henrik Rothen

May.21 - 2024 10:43 AM CET

Erdogan denounces Eurovision, calling it a threat to traditional family values.

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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has launched a sharp critique against the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC), describing it as a disgraceful threat to traditional values.

President Erdogan accused the annual music competition of promoting "gender neutrality" and undermining traditional family values.

In a speech following a government meeting on Monday, he stated,

"At such events, it has become impossible to meet a normal person." Erdogan said according to ABC.

Response to Eurovision's Recent Winner

Erdogan's remarks seem to be a direct response to ESC's recent victor, Swiss non-binary artist Nemo, who won with the song

"The Code" earlier this May. The president’s statements reflect the longstanding stance of his ruling party, which is known for its anti-LGBTQ+ policies.

Amnesty International reports that LGBTQ+ individuals in Turkey continue to face harassment and discrimination.

Eurovision and Turkey's Participation

Turkey has abstained from participating in Eurovision for the past twelve years.

President Erdogan emphasized this decision, stating,

"We have done right by keeping Turkey out of this disgraceful competition."

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