Russian politician slams Eurovision winner
- Bang Showbiz
- 12 May 2014
The leader of Russia's Liberal Democratic Party has slammed Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst, claiming a drag queen winning the competition marks the "end of Europe"
Russia's Vladimir Zhirinovsky insists Conchita Wurst's Eurovision Song Contest win symbolises the "end of Europe".
The bearded drag queen - whose real name is Thomas Neuwirth - won the 2014 competition on Saturday night (10.05.14), but has now been slammed by the leader of Russia's Liberal Democratic Party.
According to The Sun newspaper, Zhirinovsky said: "There is no limit to our outrage. It is the end of Europe. They don't have men and women anymore - they have 'it'."
Conchita - who won the competition for Austria with her song 'Rise Like a Phoenix' - accepted her award by thanking supporters of equality and freedom.
She said: "This night is dedicated to everyone who believes in a future of peace and freedom. We are unity and we are unstoppable.
"I share the opinion that this was not a victory just for me but for the people who believe in a future that works without discrimination and is based on tolerance and respect. This transcends borders."
Russian president Vladimir Putin has recently come under fire for introducing "anti-gay" laws which restrict the spreading of information described as promoting "non-traditional sexual relations", and his country's entry into the competition were greeted with boos at the live final.
Meanwhile, during a live TV debate Filipp Kirkorov, the producer of the Russian entry's song, claimed that Austria's winning contestant should serve to change the attitudes of Russian politicians.
He told Rossiya-1 television: "Maybe this is a kind of protest against some of our views in Russia. Maybe we should have a think. Maybe we shouldn't have such a categorical attitude to people of different sexual orientations."