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Austria is turning Eurovision into hotbed of sodomy, complains Russia

Petitions calling for the performance by Austria's Eurovision entry Conchita Wurst to not be broadcast have gained thousands of signatures.

Conchita Wurst is the drag queen persona of artist Tom Neuwirth, whose song "Rise Like A Phoenix" was selected as the song entry for Austria at the competition that kicks off in  a few weeks time.

But the choice of bearded lady Wurst has caused outrage among some competing nations including Russia where a petition has been launched that complains she has turned the show into a "hotbed of sodomy". Other similar petitions have also been launched in Ukraine and Belarus, countries where like in Russia anti-gay sentiments are common.

The Russian petition reads: "The popular international competition that our children will be watching has become a hotbed of sodomy at the initiation of the European liberals. Russia is one of the only European countries that has managed to maintain normal and healthy family values based on love and mutual support between MEN and WOMEN.
That is why we are against the Eurovision 2014 to be broadcast in Russia."

The petition follows the angry statement made by Armenia's entry to the competition, 29-year-old Aram Sargsyan, better known by his stage name Aram Mp3, who described Conchita Wurst as "abnormal" and "unsuitable to take part in the event".

Wurst responding to Sargsyan by saying: "It seems as if Aram wants me to be a woman, but I can say this to you Aram my dear, I am a working woman and an incredibly lazy young man in my free time and that is not going to change. If you have problems understanding that, then I would be happy to sit down with you and explain it to you in more detail. And with your homophobic comments, that is a conversation that we really need to speak about."

Conchita Wurst is set to perform on the second semi-final on 8 May.

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