The Eurovision Song Contest and the New Cold War
|Conchita Wurst - Telegraph|
Wurst comes from Catholic Austria, a country that is still quite conservative, and there appears to be a large silent majority who are not happy with Wurst or the Eurovision win. The TV of course will show video clips of jubilation and of Wurst’s supporters sporting lookalike beards etc. But one populist news outlet, Krone, in an on-line poll found that only 23 percent of respondents were actually proud of Wurst’s achievements.
This year’s competition came from Denmark which declared ‘tolerance’ as the main theme for the event. The rainbow-coloured flags, the so called symbol of ‘Gay pride’ flew over many buildings in Copenhagen over the past week.
Some countries in Eastern Europe were not happy with this type of subversion being broadcast into their countries, and online petitions sprang up in many countries. Russia, whose government passed laws banning gay propaganda to minors, were particularly unhappy and as the Russians reached the final the so called ‘tolerant’ audiences of Eurovision booed the Russian contestants.Wurst’s win, with the song ‘Rise like a Phoenix’, saw a Russian politician claiming that ‘this is the end of Europe’ and ‘It has turned wild. There are no more men or women in Europe, just it’. So whilst western culture and free enterprise may have brought down the Iron Curtain with the help of St John-Paul II and Catholic Poland, western media excesses and selective intolerance are gradually creating a new Cold War, and all the work and suffering of Eastern European Catholics to bring about a safe Europe will be as nothing. Dare we ask: will the TV start World War III?