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Friday, March 16, 2018

On the deportation of Tatars in 1944 Kiev decided to do a hit for Eurovision

“Eurovision 2016”, apparently, is considered in Kiev as a political tribune. From Ukraine there will go singer of Crimean Tatar origin Jamala, who will sing about the deportation of 1944. Simferopol already accused Kiev of attempting to arrange a political farce. Experts remind that in 2009 the organizers have removed the Georgians from the contest trying to sing about Putin.

Deputy Prime Minister of Crimea Ruslan Balbec on Monday urged Kiev not to make of “Eurovision” is a farce and not to speculate on tragedy more than half a century ago.

“The use of artists in political provocations usually leads to the people’s rejection”

“The Ukrainian authorities will try to use a song Jamala for political purposes, capitalizing on the tragedy for the Crimean Tatar people to the European audience to impose an artificially created image of the alleged persecution of the Crimean Tatars in the Russian Crimea”, – he said, RIA “Novosti”.

He also urged not to speculate on the feelings of the Tatars and not to politicize the events associated with the deportation. “We urge you not to allow the transformation of “Eurovision” from a reputable international cultural competition in the orchestrated political spectacle,” said Balbec.

Crimean authorities fear that the talented singer can “to use as a weapon to spawn new speculation around the Crimean Tatar people”. “The use of artists in political provocations usually leads to people’s rejection. Jamal runs the risk of unknowingly becoming complicit in the blockade of the Crimea”, – concluded the Balbec.

Unable to prevent

The first Deputy Chairman of the Duma Committee on information policy Vadim Dengin hopes that Eurovision will not be allowed to contest Ukrainian singer with the song about the deportation of the Tatars. “An odd choice. I’m sure there are (voice) clocked up specifically in order to hurt Russia,” he said.

According to the MP, most citizens of Ukraine who do not receive any salaries or pensions, allow yourself to watch “Eurovision” will not, and those who will, “generally will not care for this “contest”.

He suggested that Ukraine for its part can say that this song is not about politics, but about historical memory. If the song will be allowed in the competition, even if it is not “very catchy”, it could still elicit sympathy from Turkey and from Germany, Austria, the Benelux countries, as the Turkish Diaspora in European countries is numerous, also predicts a critic.

On Monday morning it became known that Ukraine at “Eurovision 2016” will represent 32-year-old singer of Crimean Tatar origin Susana Dzhamaladinova, acting under the pseudonym of Jamal. She won the national final with a song “1944” about the deportation of Crimean Tatars carried out in the period of Stalin’s rule. The singer wrote this song specifically for the contest inspired by the story her grandmother: “That terrible year has forever changed the life of one fragile woman, my great-grandmother Nazil Khan. Her life thereafter was never the same” – quoted by Jamal The Guardian.

“Eurovision 2016” will be held in Stockholm – a year earlier in Vienna won by popular Swedish artist måns Zelmerlow song “Heroes”. Russia at the contest will be represented by Sergey Lazarev.

Eurovision and politics

We will remind, the international song contest “Eurovision” was accused of politicizing it many times. First, the principle of voting, which called “neighborhood”, often lies in the fact that representatives of different countries give the highest points not the one who sang better, who are closer geographically or culturally. For example, the UK votes for Ireland, Ireland – Britain, Russia – Belarus, Belarus – Russia. The same applies to the Scandinavian countries, the republics of the former Yugoslavia, etc.

The organizers of the contest from time to time looking for ways to minimize the impact of “neighborly voting.” For example, in 2008, this introduced two semi-finals instead of one.

Last week it became known about another change in the competition. At the announcement of the outcome of the first will now be called the points from the professional jury, after which they add the results of voting of spectators. Previously, they summarized immediately.

Among the specific “political” incidents on “the Eurovision” it is possible to remember, for example, the final 2014. Then participants from Russia – the Tolmachev sisters – some foreign publications were accused of political propaganda related to the return of the Crimea, wrote Heat.ru. The occasion was a line from a song: “Living on the edge, closer to the crime cross the line a step at a time”. Danish journalist William Lee Adams saw the word crime, which is translated into Russian as “crime”, the name of Crimea.

In 2009 the competition was held in Moscow, less than a year after the August war in South Ossetia. During the national selection for “Eurovision” Georgians chose the group “Stefane & 3G with the song “We don’t Wanna Put In”, which contained a poorly veiled allusion to Vladimir Putin (Put In).

However, at that time the organizers of “Eurovision” immediately rejected the song. Georgians were given time to correct the text. They refused to change anything and missed the “Eurovision-2009” in principle.

Ukraine is trying to use the contest as a political platform-not for the first time. So, in 2005, the Ukrainian national selection almost won the group “Greenjolly” who wanted to sing a hymn “orange revolution” with the words “No to fraud! No lie! Yushchenko – Yes!”. But the organizers felt that the song is too politicized and rejected it.

In 2007, the representative of Ukraine at “Eurovision” Andrey Danilko in the image of Verka Serduchka caused a scandal ambiguous words in his song “Dancing Lasha Tumbai”. Although the contractor made it to the second place, the words “Lasha Tumbai”, supposedly taken from the Mongolian language, many English heard “Russia, goodbye!”. As a result, the popularity Serduchka in Russia fell sharply.

In 2008, the British Daily Telegraph newspaper also accused Serbia of using “Eurovision” for political purposes. According to the newspaper, speech Serb Jelena Tomashevich was “nationalist message in connection with the separation of Kosovo”. In General, the text was hard to call it political – it tells the story of two lovers. But the ending of the British puzzled: “Wake me up in St. Vitus Day, so I was able to see him again.”

The newspaper noted that in the Balkans St. Vitus Day – June 28 – is especially revered, because it was then in 1389 Serbs defeated by the Turks at Kosovo field. And in the song supposedly veiled speech can go about losing this land.

In the same 2007, the scandal caused the composition of the Israeli group Teapacks. In the words of the song “Push the button” – about “crazy rulers” who “pushes the button” – discernible hint of Iran’s nuclear program. The organizers at first considered it unduly politicized, but then are still allowed to contest. However, in the end she did not get.

To politics in the Eurovision song contest to some extent can be attributed to “the bearded triumph of tolerance”, when the “Eurovision-2014” was won by Austrian Thomas Neuwirth, known as Conchita Wurst. The image of a bearded woman in which he appeared before the audience, was seen by many as propaganda of non-traditional values.

Of the more distant past you may recall how in 1978 the viewers of Jordan was informed about the victory in the contest of a Belgian, while the real victory, the representative of “hostile to Israel” Izhar Cohen, the Belgian took second place.

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