Eurovision is an annual song competition held among the member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
Each member country submits a song to be performed on live television and radio and then casts votes for the other countries’ songs to determine the most popular song in the competition. The contest has been broadcast every year since its inauguration in 1956 and is one of the longest-running television programs in the world. It is also one of the most watched non-sporting events in the world, with audience figures having been quoted in recent years as anything between 100 million and 600 million internationally.
Since 2009, national votes in Eurovision semifinals are a 50/50 combination of both telephone votes by the public and the votes of juries made up of music professionals.
An Austrian transvestite who calls itself Conchita Wurst is the winner of the 2014 Eurovision, held in Copenhagen, Denmark. Wikipedia says Conchita Wurst is the “drag persona” of 27-year-old Austrian singer Thomas Neuwirth.
I use the pronoun “it” because I am genuinely confused.
As you can see in the pic above, Wurst is dressed like a woman, has long hair and heavy eye makeup, but it also has a full moustache and beard.
As I was considering posting about Wurst’s win, I thought to myself:
“You must try to be impartial. Maybe those voting used admirably strict criteria of merit, that is, how well the contestants sang. Despite its bizarre appearance, Wurst’s singing must be so superlative that the public and professional juries conferred the award on it.”
But as you can hear for yourself, that’s not the case. By no stretch of the imagination can one say that Wurst’s singing is stellar.
The conclusion, therefore, must be that Europeans selected Conchita Wurst precisely because it is a bearded transvestite.
I’m reminded of the cultural decadence of the Weimar Republic.
Historians say the rise of Nazism in Germany in part was a reaction to and revulsion toward Weimar’s societal depravities. The irony, of course, is that the replacement was even worse.
So too in our time, there will be a backlash against the cultural corruption around us. Let’s hope the backlash to come won’t be a Nazi-like jumping from the frying pan into the fire.
Dr. Eowyn’s article previously appeared at Fellowship of the Minds.