Against the background of rising homophobic sentiment Hungary without explanation decided not to participate in the Eurovision song contest in 2020, reports The Evening Standard. At the same time in the Hungarian state television and radio broadcasting organizations indicated that it will allow the country to focus on promoting local artists.
ReutersВенгрия refused to participate in the international music contest “Eurovision” in the year 2020. Despite the fact that the reasons for this decision in Budapest not called, The Evening Standard said that it happened against the background of rising homophobic sentiment in the Hungarian media and the government.
So, the government headed by Prime Minister Viktor Orban has launched a policy of “family first” designed to support traditional family structures and to increase the birth rate. Moreover, earlier this year, the speaker of the Hungarian Parliament Laszlo Kever compared supporters of same-sex marriages and adoption of children by such families with pedophiles. According to a source in the public broadcasting organizations of Hungary (MTVA), refusal to participate in the contest caused by the close relationship of the Eurovision song contest with the LGBT community. “Including from the point of view of mental health, I welcome the decision to deny Hungarian participation in the gay flotilla, which has turned this competition,” said the editor of the local Pro-government publications Andras bencsik. In particular, the discontent of Benica call the “screaming drag Queens and bearded women.” Moreover, the representatives of MTVA said that the refusal to broadcast the annual event will allow them to promote creativity of Hungarian pop singers. “Instead of taking part in song contest “Eurovision” in 2020, we will support the valuable works created directly by the talents of the Hungarian pop music”, — quotes The Evening Standard an excerpt from the statement of the organization.