Hungary will not participate in the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest


Hungary will not participate in the Eurovision Song Contest of 2020, the annual song contest for member countries of the European Broadcasting Union, an organization that brings together some of Europe's leading national broadcasters. No official reasons were given for the withdrawal, but on many newspapers the hypothesis is circulating that Eurovision would not be pleasing to the radical right-wing government Viktor Orban who is against any process leading to greater European integration and which has positions very controversial about the rights of women and LGBTQI people.

Orban has been carrying out a heavy propaganda against the so-called "gender" and in favor of the traditional family. A few months ago the spokesman of the Hungarian parliament had associated homosexuality with pedophilia, and a pro-government television commentator had called Eurovision "a homosexual flotilla" saying that the non-participation of his country would benefit the nation's mental health. According to some anonymous sources quoted by the Guardian, the Eurovision would be considered "too gay". Meanwhile, the government-run Hungarian public broadcaster, MTVA, said that "instead of taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2020, we will directly support the precious productions of talented Hungarian pop music".

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