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May 12

All Hail The Bearded Lady

By Ella Miista
We're not sure if people still even watch Eurovision but everyone seems to know a lil something something about this year's contest. For good reasons, of course. Conchita Wurst crowned as the winner is really bloody cool. With a few rare exceptions, Eurovision is hardly showcasing new talent and fresh international music. We'd even go as far as saying it's more like a somewhat political event... It's blatantly more about countries close to one another giving each other lots of points for reasons other than their musical talents. We say somewhat political - Ukraine's entry was a girl sensually moving on top of a hamster's wheel while their country is in a civil war. It's not like everything has to be about politics, just it's a shame not to use such a huge platform to make a statement. Half the competing countries took a stance by giving Russia nil points for instance. In my childhood it was also a social event - family friends came over, drinks were flowing, kids got to stay up super late. It was fun. Also, I was five and unaware of how horrible the music was. It's not quite like that anymore. Maybe the music was genuinely better back then. Maybe we're now just more aware of what good music is meant to sound like. In any case, nowadays it's more like a drinking game than it is genuine entertainment. Take a shot every time the host makes an awkward joke. Another one if the performer wears an outfit from 2003. Double shot if you yawned and fell asleep. I value my liver too much to take part in that. But, every once in a while something cool happens. It could just be a good song, like the one in 2000 by a cute Latvian boy singing about stars and dreams. It could be a fun performance - and let's face it, a catchy song - from Finnish heavy metal dudes with long hair and freaky costumes. Or, it could be a transgender woman like Conchita Wurst winning the contest. You know, the contest that's largely dominated by less than gay friendly Eastern European countries. Look, trans people have it pretty bad everywhere. Probably a lot worse than gay people. Remember Lucy Meadows? She committed suicide last year after Richard Littlejohn made it his purpose in life to write as many utterly appalling Daily Mail articles on her life as possible. It's not even just the people you'd almost expect such narrow-mindedness from. There's a women's rights activist that thinks transgendered aren't real women. Basically, transgender people shouldn't even bother with Jesus camps, they're not even real people. Alright then. Of course there are plenty of people voicing their disgust about Conchita's win as well. No doubt there are a lot of people who think like Richard Littlejohn. Hey, Littlejohn might seem like a nice openminded person compared to some. It doesn't matter. There will always be intolerant people and we'd be just as bad if we called them names. There's no point in fighting. We're more about celebrating, in this case her win. It's a win for gay people, a win for transgendered people. Really, it's a win for anyone that cares for equality. This isn't the first time for someone slightly out of the ordinary to become famous and celebrated. It's just that Eurovision doesn't have quite the same target audience as RuPaul's Drag Race. This is why it's so beautiful that Conchita absolutely dominated the competition. God knows it wasn't thanks to her musical talent. It was the fact she got up on that stage, representing all those that have ever had to feel shame for who they are.
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