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#MetoomovementrepresentedinEurovision:whatisEuropesaying?

#Metoo movement represented in Eurovision: what is Europe saying?

Well, I saw the post on Mogul talking about this song, and I got excited. Probably because I grew watching Eurovision ever since I was little and it is a big deal. If you have no idea what Eurovison is, I can tell that it is song contest where performers represent European countries (and recently started adding weird countries far from Europe like Australia) and there is voting involved. Growing up, I remember always being outraged by "politics" in Eurovision like Cyprus voting for Greece, but always being happy that Latvia gave 12 (this is the maximum) points to Lithuania. Anyways, the trend has remained similar, but they try to fix it and introduced jury (like music experts from each country) AND viewers voting. This year the winner is Israel. However, Austria seemed to value this song more

However, when people voted, they seemed to like Israel and the song called "toy"

Votes show that viewers from San Marino, France, Ukraine, Moldova, Spain, Australia, Georgia, Azerbaijan gave her the maximum points and many other countries gave her a lot of points as well. As you see, these countries are very different in nature, so it did have support from variety of people. However, Lithuania was one the few people countries that gave her less support. Maybe this is seen by the amount of backlash Lithuanian media is given her. One lady said she dislikes the lyrics, as boys called stupid is not a good thing and that is radical feminism. According to her, that puts boys down and that is not equality feminism is talking about. Additionally, she got a response in the Lithuanian media from a women support the song and saying that you can just explain young boys that you are only a "stupid boy" if you are thing women are toys and treat them like it. British media discussed the fact that some people think she was culturally appropriating Japan by wearing kimono. Despite all of this, people must have liked her and agreed with the message because they voted for her.

I usually don't like being radical to either side and I am pretty neutral about the song. I actually loved the song Lithuania represented in the Eurovision because it was so calming, so I rooted for them. If I am being honest, this song was a tad strange to me in the beginning. The chicken imitation was a little weird, but I just went with it. I guess musically it was what audience wanted because it was catchy and had a message some people agreed to. It took me awhile to realize the real message and then I started to appreciate it more. I am still afraid it won't reach the right people that it should touch because of the backlash I read about though.


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  • Polo REO Tate
    Polo REO Tate Author of DEEP DARK BLUE, Actor, Artist, Athlete.
    over 1 year ago

    Thank you, Sweet @Danica for sending this to me, and to you, Sweet @Deimante Sefleryte 16 for writing it! I think the fact that we have MULTIPLE NATIONS talking about the implications of song lyrics, period, gives us hope that changing the discourse is possible. And the fact that people are passionate about more than the show, the competition, the music is SOOO inspiring to me. I appreciate you both for bringing all of this to our attention...I vote for both of YOU! :)


    Thank you, Sweet @Danica for sending this to me, and to you, Sweet @Deimante Sefleryte 16 for writing it! I think the fact that we have MULTIPLE NATIONS talking about the implications of song lyrics, period, gives us hope that changing the discourse is possible. And the fact that people are passionate about more than the show, the competition, the music is SOOO inspiring to me. I appreciate you both for bringing all of this to our attention...I vote for both of YOU! :)


  • Danica
    over 1 year ago

    I didn't know about the Eurovision competition. Thanks for opening my eyes to this. How do you think this compares to singing competition shows in the United States like THE VOICE, AMERICAN IDOL and THE X FACTOR?

    I didn't know about the Eurovision competition. Thanks for opening my eyes to this. How do you think this compares to singing competition shows in the United States like THE VOICE, AMERICAN IDOL and THE X FACTOR?


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