Top – Eurovision 2019: Belarus TV host’s homophobic remarks condemned


Yavhen Perlin interviewing Eurovision performer from Belarus Zena

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Some social media customers mentioned they felt embarrassed by Yavhen Perlin’s remarks

Homophobic remarks by a Belarusian state TV presenter through the Eurovision tune contest in Israel have stirred indignation on social media in Belarus.

Yavhen Perlin was offering dwell commentary through the semi-finals on 14 Might, when a “kiss-cam” zoomed into affectionate {couples} through the efficiency by Israel’s transgender pop diva Dana Worldwide.

“They’re sending the kiss-cam throughout the corridor! Let’s examine what we get!” Mr Perlin mentioned.

However after the primary couple caught by the digital camera seemed to be two males kissing, the presenter reacted: “Oh, my goodness! Possibly we might higher not watch!”

When the digital camera moved on to a person and a lady having a smooch, he added, with a way of aid: “Okay, thus far so good!” However a number of seconds later, one other male couple had been proven kissing, at which level the presenter exclaimed: “Oh, come on!”

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He went on to say that he hoped the cameramen will “lastly discover some cool {couples}” within the viewers.

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“All of us need to be liked,” Dana Worldwide advised the viewers in Tel Aviv

As Dana Worldwide was performing Bruno Mars’s tune Simply The Approach You Are, the Belarusian presenter remarked: “Dana is singing that love has no faith, no boundaries, no racial or some other limits. However , I would like values to protect their worth, in order that love stays love.”

‘All-time low’

Mr Perlin’s views provoked robust response on social media.

“I felt so embarrassed!” wrote Radio Liberty journalist Ales Piletski on Fb. “The nice factor is that these boorish jokes should not heard in different international locations.”

One other journalist, BelaPAN information company director Andrey Alyaksandraw did not maintain again: “It feels just like the Belarusian Tv presenter actually hit all-time low this time, although BT is a champion in hitting all-time low.”

The sentiment was echoed by others on social media. One person tweeted: “A homophobic commentator is a humiliation to the nation.”

“They present males kissing and Perlin freezes. Oh, my god, that is homosexual propaganda on BT! A historic second certainly,” remarked one other.

Reporting by Dmytro Zotsenko and Gennadiy Kot

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