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Sat May 18, 2019, 12:54 PM

Eurovision 2019: The queerest and most controversial yet?

https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/eurovision-2019-queerest-most-controversial-yet-n1007201

A gay Muslim teen and BDSM anarchists will vie for this year's Eurovision Song Contest, as the competition's only trans and drag champions return.
Image: Hatari
Hatari of Iceland perform "Hatrio mun sigra" during the Eurovision Song Contest grand final rehearsal in Tel Aviv, Israel, on May 17, 2019.Sebastian Scheiner / AP

May 18, 2019, 6:26 AM EDT
By Dan Allen

The global music world's "gay Olympics" are back with vengeance, as the final for the annual wacky tune-filled phenomenon known as the Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Saturday.

Sassy camp aesthetics are commonplace at the always over-the-top Eurovision, but this year's contest final is shaping up as one of its most overtly queer extravaganzas ever.

Openly gay, gender-playful, and Muslim teen crooner Bilal Hassani will compete for France, and leather-clad bondage-synth-punk trio Hatari aim to take the crown for Iceland — with some Eurovision experts predicting that despite the band's decidedly anti-pop approach (or maybe because of it), they just might pull off a win.

"We haven't identified as a queer band as such," Hatari singer Matthías Tryggvi Haraldsson told NBC News, "but we do touch upon themes like gender fluidity, masculinity and femininity, repression and expression, and others — which many audience members identify with, not least of all in the queer scene."

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DillyDilly500 May 2019 OP
JaimeBondoJr May 2019 #1
imwithfred May 2019 #2
Frankenvoter May 2019 #3

Response to DillyDilly500 (Original post)

Sat May 18, 2019, 01:07 PM

1. Yawnfest sounds more apropos.

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Response to JaimeBondoJr (Reply #1)

Sat May 18, 2019, 02:58 PM

2. ".....Yawnfest sounds more apropos....."

I suspect he's using this as a subtle message that Islamacists don't truly hate gays; after all, there's one of them at this event.

Yeah, yeah, sure, sure.

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Response to imwithfred (Reply #2)

Sat May 18, 2019, 03:43 PM

3. Predators smell prey and flock to the banquet

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