Hungary refused to participate in Eurovision. The show was called ‘homosexual flotilla’

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This was told by an anonymous source of The Guardian.

Photo Jonathan Nackstrand / AFP / East News

Hungary will not participate in Eurovision next year. The country’s leadership has not officially announced the reason for the refusal to perform at a music competition, but the source of The Guardian noted that the case is in the conservative policy of local authorities against the LGBT community. The source suggested that the far-right government seemed “too gay” to the contest.

The publication spoke with an anonymous employee of MTVA — the Hungarian state-owned media corporation. He said that now the editorial policy of the broadcasting company bans the positive coverage of LGBT rights — except for the annual pride in Budapest.

According to The Guardian, the decision was made amid the fact that rhetoric against the LGBT community intensified in the country, and Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced the “family first” policy — it aims to support “traditional” families and increase fertility. Earlier, the speaker of the Hungarian parliament compared the adoption of children by same-sex couples to pedophilia, and a conservative journalist on-air called Eurovision “a homosexual flotilla”, arguing that refusing to participate in the contest “will benefit the mental health” of the country’s inhabitants.


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