“Humanitarian Gesture”: Eurovision Winners Kalush Orchestra Escape Punishment For Political Assertion Throughout Successful Efficiency

The Eurovision Tune Contest’s members are formally banned from making any political statements from the stage, both verbally or of their lyrics, however that didn’t cease Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra.

The band’s frontman Oleh Psiuk completed its efficiency of Stefania with an impassioned plea for the world to assist free Ukrainian fighters trapped beneath the Azovstal metal plant in Mariupol.

Because the band’s members took their bows, Psiuk shouted, “Assist Azovstal, proper now.”

The occasion’s organisers – the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) – introduced that, regardless of its guidelines banning politics, no motion can be taken towards Kalush Orchestra, who went on to win the competitors with an astounding 439 viewers votes from throughout Europe.

The EBU mentioned: “We perceive the deep emotions round Ukraine at this second and imagine the feedback of the Kalush Orchestra and different artists expressing help for the Ukrainian individuals to be humanitarian moderately than political in nature.”

Following his band’s victory, Psiuk thanked the Ukrainian diaspora and “and everybody around the globe who voted for Ukraine, saying, ”The victory is essential to Ukraine. Particularly this yr.”

Among the many plant’s ultimate defenders are the Azov battalion, who despatched due to the band from their subterranean tunnels beneath the plant, posting on social media, “Thanks to Kalush Orchestra on your help! Glory to Ukraine!”

Proof that this message of defiant help has reached Russian ears was seen this morning when footage emerged on pro-Kremlin channel FighterBomber, exhibiting bombs emblazoned with messages mocking the band’s name. Insignia included phrases which learn, “Simply as you requested for, Kalusha! For Azovstal” and “#Eurovision2022. I heard the decision to f*** up Azov. Assist Mariupol. Assist Mariupol proper now.”

Ukrainian President Zelensky has delighted in his country’s victory in this year’s Contest and avowed that subsequent yr’s occasion will happen within the nation’s southern port metropolis of Mariupol, presently besieged.


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