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Sue Burke
Eurovision's Controversy 
5th-Jun-2007 12:27 pm
Let me see..

As the voting for Europe's top pop song drew to a close on May 12, it became a contest between two performers. One was a Romany tomboyish lesbian from Serbia singing the tragic ballad Molitva (Love Prayer). The other was a silver-clad drag queen from Ukraine, whose song Dancing Lasha Tumbai seemed vaguely insulting to Russia, in the event that it meant anything at all, which it probably didn't.

Russia was coming in at a distant third. Its sexy girl group Serebro sang Song #1 in English with such lyrics as "I'll blow your money money, I'll get you to my bad ass spinning for you." [sic]

And so the controversy was served — but not the one you think if you don't know about Eurovision, a 52-year-old pageant of painfully mediocre pop songs. This year's three-hour show was watched by 120 million viewers across Europe.

To find out who won and why, visit this month's front page article on my website: http://www.sue.burke.name

5th-Jun-2007 10:58 am (UTC)
Well that was illuminating. I had no idea. My goodness, and I thought American tv was bad.

5th-Jun-2007 05:49 pm (UTC)
One of the things I miss is quality American television. And the efficient and prompt U.S. Postal Service. Seriously.

In fact, the Spanish bureaucracy has made me appreciate how nice it is to deal with the IRS, which not only will give you any form you want just by asking for it (no pleading necessary, no running from one side of town to another, and for free), the IRS will even try to figure out what you need and send it to you before you ask. With pre-addressed envelopes! And with (relatively) simple, clear instructions.

That's how bad the Spanish bureaucracy is.
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