Ukraine should be banned from Eurovision 2016

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Ukraine should be banned from Eurovision 2016


Ukraine is sending this anti-Russia song to Eurovisio with political messages


Ukraine has sparked a diplomatic row – by selecting an anti-Russia song for the Eurovision Song Contest.
The country held a national selection show over the weekend ahead of the contest, which is set to take place in May.
The Ukrainian public opted to select Jamala (Susana Jamaladinova) a singer from the contested Crimean peninsula and of Tatar origin.

Despite the contests ban on overtly political lyrics, her song 1944 appears to serve as a coded reference to both Vladimir Putins interventions in eastern Ukraine, and the policies of Stalin, who purged the Tartars in the 1940s.
The song opens with the lyrics: “When strangers are coming, they come to your house/They kill you all and say/We are not guilty, not guilty.”
Switching between English and the Crimean Tartar tongue, she sings: “I couldnt spend my youth there/Because you took away my peace.”


It continues: “Where is your heart, humanity rise/You think you are gods, ha, but everyone dies/Dont swallow my soul, our souls.”
The songs choice has sparked outcry in Russia – and is likely to heighten tensions leading up to the contest. Russia is sending Sergey Lazarev to the contest, with a song that is yet to be selected.
Some fans voiced concerns about the Ukrainian entry, and called for it to be thrown out under Eurovision rules banning political messages.

It is not the first time a country has been accused of taunting Russia through the contest.
Following the Russo-Georgian War, in 2009 Georgia selected Stephane & 3G with the song We Dont Wanna Put In– which attracted attention because of the tendency to mishear Put In as Putin.
Georgia withdrew from the contest after Eurovision bosses demanded the lyrics were changed, which Georgia claims followed pressure from Russia.
The rules are not consistently enforced, however – Finlands 2013 entry was widely seen as a pro-equal marriage protest song but faced no action.

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