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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Western media on “the Eurovision”: the People were braver

“When the jury is so different from the views of society, what key factor determines a great song for Eurovision?” The victory of the Ukrainian singer of Crimean Tatar origin Jamala with a song “1944” split the Western media.

The German newspaper Abendzeitung in connection with the “Eurovision” Ukraine reminded about the Volyn massacre. “A song can be a bridge,” sang (German singer) joy Fleming in 1975. This is the idea of “Eurovision”. But if the contest becomes a political podium, he, on the contrary, loses its essence”, – said the publication.

“Moscow believes the victory Jamala political provocation, but the Russian see all evil”

“If everyone will get the same right, then Poland next year can start with a song, which will be called “1943” to describe the killing of 100 thousand people in the Volyn region, which in Ukraine, willing to forget,” reminded Abendzeitung.

The newspaper added: “England can turn in a hymn of the bombing of Coventry by the Germans; Germany was to bring to music night raids on Dresden; the Bosnians to write a plaintive song about the massacre in Srebrenica; Serbia – to describe the crimes of the Croats during the Second world war; and Greek artist – rap about the historic “OHI” (No) to an ultimatum by fascist Italy in 1940,” said Abendzeitung and at the same time stressed: “So the songs will not be bridges, but with explosives”.

“Song, charged with political subtext”

We will remind, on Saturday in Stockholm was the final of the Eurovision song contest. The audience gave the most votes to the representative of Russia Sergey Lazarev, however, the addition of these votes with the judges scores, he took third place, and win the jury gave to the representative of Ukraine Jamal, who performed the song about the deportation of Crimean Tatars by Stalin in 1944.

Earlier, there were reports that Jamal confessed: song is not only historical, but also actual political subtext, and it talks about the reunification of Russia and Crimea in 2014.

The newspaper said that the song is, above all, stood out among the rest “emotional, because drew Parallels with the persecution of Crimean Tatars and other Pro-Ukrainian-minded residents of the Peninsula, which Russia seized two years ago.” The newspaper mentioned the “sarcastic comment” Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who offered the following year to submit Sergei Shnurov, a singer from the group “Leningrad”, “known for his profanity during performances”. “Win not win”, but “he will send them all in…” – quoted Rogozin outraged journalists.

They said: “the Ukrainians just wanted to about the troubles of the Crimean Tatars and other national minorities heard the international community”. “Kiev refused demands to return the control over the Crimea through diplomacy and trying to get billions of dollars in compensation for the loss of the Peninsula and its assets through trials at the Hague – said The FT. – The strongest backers of the Ukraine – US and EU continue to call on Russia to stop what they consider illegal occupation”.

“Putin was about to make peace…”

French newspaper Le Dauphiné Libéré said that the victory of Ukraine prevented “military marches” of Vladimir Putin, whom he drowns out the roar of tanks, “accumulated on the Ukrainian border or strip the Crimea”. Moscow considers the victory Jamala political provocation, but “these Russians all see the evil”, said the author of the article. He recalled that Jamal performed the soulful song” about the tragedy of the Crimean Tatars, deported by Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. “He was, incidentally, called the father of Nations, but with such a father it is better to be an orphan,” – said the publication.

“Putin was about to make peace with angry European diplomats, but Jamala’s performance screwed up his plans and opened the eyes of Europeans on the situation in Crimea and Ukraine” – ironically the author.

The next competition will be held in Kiev, at the “fraternal enemies”. Most likely, Moscow “under the pretext of the loss of voice” will miss it unpleasant for her event,” summed up French sarcastic newspaper.


“Yes, the decision in favor of Jamala was politically motivated,” agreed Der Spiegel. – However, in this difficult time of international competition cannot be apolitical”, – assured the journalists. The magazine recalled: Jamal insisted that the speech in her song is about the fate of the family, about how the great-grandmother of the singer, as a representative of the Crimean Tatars, was deported on Stalin’s orders. “It is possible that this emphasis on family history was standing strategic intent. Of course, hearing a song Jamala, today, one immediately thinks about Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014,” said Der Spiegel. Jamal she repeatedly stressed that since 2014, she has not returned to his family in the Crimea, and it is this speech in her song, added the journal.

According to the author, the song Jamal played with great feeling, and the song resonated among the audience. Meanwhile, in comments to the text the reader nldkhw said: “it is a Pity that the music competition being used for political purposes.” Jamal could sing about Stalin, if it wants to, “but the fact that the message “bad Russian!” is placed above the votes of the population through unjust decision of the professional jury once again talking about the use of public broadcasting as a propaganda tool. So can not continue”, – said the user.

A glaring gap between the opinions of the elite and the people”

Other media are unable to hide their disappointment about the triumph of politics over music. “Ukraine won with the song, lamenting the fate of the grandmother. The song selected for the best of reasons. But, perhaps, intervened in the case, the share of hatred for Russia,” said The Guardian.

“Ukraine has won the Eurovision song contest with political, sincere and serious song that has great importance personally for singer Jamala,” said The Telegraph.

According to the authors of the publication, victory Jamala, on the one hand, “proves that the “Eurovision” winner and the emotional quality of the music, and the competition will always contain a political subtext, regardless of how the organizers are trying to convince everyone that music is above all”. All is good, if not for the difference between the results of the audience and the preferences of the jury: “When the jury is so different from the views of society, what key factor determines a great song for Eurovision?” – asked the newspaper.

“Not only had enough songs to further heighten tensions between Russia and Ukraine and, as a consequence, between Moscow and the so-called hostile countries of Western Europe,” said the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. Publication recalled that the representative of Russia Sergey Lazarev, whom everyone called favorite, was on the 3rd place at the behest of the national jury, primarily from Eastern Europe: Poland, Baltic States, Romania, and Turkey always supported the Crimean Tatars. In the end, about the political conspiracy, the jury commented ironically even the representative of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, who noted that next year we need to win song against Assad, “because we support it”.

In turn, the writer and TV presenter Mary Dejevsky in the Guardian said: politicized voting, of course, hardly a novelty for this competition. This year it was possible to observe the same as always. “Glaring gap” between the opinions of the elite and the people, which was revealed by the vote, is not something unique to the contest “Eurovision” and only allows you to do a number of “deeper and more disappointing conclusions”, pointed out Dejevsky. In her opinion, “professional” jury summed up the same political instincts that in years past… given the choice between Russia and Ukraine marked preference for the latter, while some made a choice in favor of a third brilliant option – Australia”. In the end, only “the people turned out to be braver,” said Dejevsky. She recalled that the audience actively voted for both countries, but in the end it is Russia that has received from “people” more votes than the national jury.

“This is my biggest mistake”

That jury only disgraced themselves political instincts, wrote the political scientist Dmitry Guryanov. “The vote of the jury is a shame”, – he stressed. Meanwhile, the Danish jury has already admitted that it awarded Ukraine as the highest score by chance, he actually meant Australia. “This is my biggest mistake, and I honestly admit,” said Chairman of the Danish jury Hilda hake. Error Danish jury means that the difference between the first and second place in the competition – the Ukraine and Australia – would have amounted to only nine points. The European broadcasting Union informed of the error of the Danes, however, explained that this will not affect the final result.

In blogs Western journalists spoke more specifically. “The legend of politizirovannost “Eurovision” came to an end. All the best for Ukraine. Chin up, Jamie Lee (German performer),” said German journalist Imre Grimm in his Twitter.

Agreed, and ordinary citizens. So, the inhabitant of Germany Dani angel said: “Ukraine wins the political production of “Eurovision”… Unbelievable… this is fooling people,” he wrote on Twitter.

The voting system at Eurovision was indignant users of social networks from different countries of the world, they also called the contest a “political view”. “This is probably the most politicized voting in the history of “Eurovision,” said a user from Sweden Torah Kullgren on Twitter. Some users have come up with a solution: “Maybe “contest” to rename Prividenie?” noted in your account user Coconut 123.

“Still, Ukraine and Russia are fraternal Nations”

Meanwhile, in the above mentioned publication Der Spiegel noted: the results of the audience voting, in fact, talking about the sheer exhaustion of strife and the desire for reconciliation” between the two Nations. The same idea is underlined and users: the Audience of Ukraine and Russia expressed support for each other. Still, Ukraine and Russia are brotherly Nations, the voting confirmed. 10 – we them 12 – they”.

However, Ukrainian politicians traditionally be considered even with his people, not to mention others, are not going. And they have directly stated. So, the leader of the Ukrainian party “Batkivshchyna” Yulia Tymoshenko and Verkhovna Rada Deputy, Mustafa Nayyem called for a contest in the Crimea. A Verkhovna Rada Deputy Anton Gerashchenko added that to participate in the contest “Eurovision-2017”, which will be held in Ukraine, Russian cultural figures must agree with the statements of Kiev that the Crimea and the Donbass supposedly “occupied”. In addition, he stressed that the Russian singers of the so-called blacklist will not be able to perform at the “Eurovision-2017”. “There was a political conspiracy, but, of course, the policy took advantage of the success of “1944,” stated La Repubblica.

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