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Eurovision 2021 – First Semifinal results and reactions.
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Eurovision 2021 – First Semifinal results and reactions.

The first Semifinal of Eurovision Song Contest 2021 has just ended and we have the first 10 finalists that will join the Big 5 and The Netherlands in the Grand Final of Saturday 22nd May 2021.  So many feelings, so many emotions: we spent the whole night watching the event live from the Press Room in Rotterdam Ahoy Arena, and hey, did we have goosebumps the whole night! Two years since the last real Eurovision Song Contest (Tel Aviv 2019) and we finally had the chance to enjoy such a fantastic music show that the whole world enjoyed.  Who are the finalists? Do we agree with them all? No! Absolutely not!  Norway for example: a very weak staging; a very weak voice and we hope the back singers are paid good enough to save Tix’s voice every time he sings live on that stage; majori...
Russian Foreign Ministry formally told-off the UK, US and Canadian Embassies for flying a rainbow flag during pride month.
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Russian Foreign Ministry formally told-off the UK, US and Canadian Embassies for flying a rainbow flag during pride month.

Homophobia at its purest state. “Yes, we passed a law banning the propaganda of homosexuality among minors. So what? Let people grow up, become adults and then decide their own destinies.” https://twitter.com/CanadaRussia/status/1276863053976436736?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1276863053976436736%7Ctwgr%5E&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pinknews.co.uk%2F2020%2F07%2F29%2Frussia-pride-flag-foreign-ministry-complaint-uk-us-canadian-embassy-rainbow-lgbt%2F This is what Putin said during the Pride month when he got told that the US Embassy was flying a rainbow flag out of their windows, but now things got formal and the Russian Foreign Ministry sent an official complaint to the UK, US and Canadian Embassies for having flown a rainbow flag during the pride month. State...
Putin is afraid a rainbow ice cream that can spread homosexuality in Russia.
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Putin is afraid a rainbow ice cream that can spread homosexuality in Russia.

It is not a joke, this is just reality. YES, apparently Putin just accused a Russian ice-cream maker that they would be spreading “gay-propaganda” with their rainbow packaging. The “issue” got raised by Ekaterina Lakhova, chairwoman of the official Women’s Union of Russia, in a vide, where she claimed that this rainbow ice-cream (produced by Chistaya Liniya) was “indirectly” promoting homosexuality in children and spreading gay ideology in Russia. Lakhova, a forme MP, told the Russian President that : “They’re quietly promoting these nice rainbow colours, using nice words; they’re advertising an ice cream called Rainbow. There should be no propaganda, but the brand is advertising their ice cream on billboards with beautiful rainbow colours. Even indirectly, such things make our children...
Homophobe’s karma 
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Homophobe’s karma 

Karma is bitch, and we all know it. Ain’t we, girls? In this hard situation caused by Covid-19 pandemic, politicians are still looking fro votes and trying to show that they are “close to the population” as much as possible.  With this attitude, Vladimir Putin visited  Kommunarka, the main Covid-19 hospital in his country and, in front of the cameras, he had a nice chat with Doctor Denis Protsenko. They had quite a serious conversation where Doctor Protsenko spoke about what the hospital was doing for covid-19 patients, and in the end  the shook hands. All normal, you would say, I know. But as it is possible to see from the tv footage, none of them wore a mask or a protective kit against Covid-19.  On 31st March 2020, Doctor Protsenko announced he was diagnosed with COVID-19, a...
Uno…dos, cuatro! Little Big from Russia to Eurovision Song Contest 2020
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Uno…dos, cuatro! Little Big from Russia to Eurovision Song Contest 2020

It Friday and on Friday we don’t worry about anything (or at least we try not to) because all we want is to have fun. So this year Russia has decided to be represented by a band that in Russia and Europe is already quite famous, whose SKIBIDI choreography has become the most reproduced meme on TikTok in Russia in recent months. https://youtu.be/mDFBTdToRmw Gentle Ladies and Gentle Gays… please, welcome Little Big Band on the stage! But no, they have decided to surprise us even more: Little Big will go on stage in Rotterdam 2020 with UNO. https://youtu.be/L_dWvTCdDQ4 Little Big Band is from St. Petersburg and the group members are Ilya Prusikin, Sonya Tayurskaya, Anton Lissov and Sergey Makarov. The group represents a burning cocktail of absurdity, combined with powerful pun...
Onward gets censored in Russia and Saudi countries
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Onward gets censored in Russia and Saudi countries

This is what happens when ignorance and homophobia get together. Disney-Pixar's Onward introduces us to the first openly gay character in the history of animated movies: Agent Specter, who in a quick joke, talks about her girlfriend and her daughter who "makes her lose her mind" Lena Waithe, the voice of Agent Specter in this cartoon, had the idea to let her character talk about a girlfriend rather than a husband. She told the director: “Can I say it? Isn’t it cooler? The word husband does not work”. Indeed the word girlfriend worked a lot better, but this was enough to scare those homophobic countries like Russia and Saudis which just cannot accept Agent Specter’s homosexuality. So, just in a time when the world economy has to deal with a frightening enemy, this damned COVID -19, Saudi...
Vladimir Putin proposes to re-write Russian Constitution with new and very anti-LGBT+ rules.
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Vladimir Putin proposes to re-write Russian Constitution with new and very anti-LGBT+ rules.

“Marriage will be defined as the union of a man and a woman”. This and many other proposals are among those constitutional amendments that the Russian president, Vladimir Putin proposed and which are set to be put to a public vote. This is clearly a strategical move that Mr Putin wants to play to keep a hold on his power even when his presidential term would end in 2024. Amongst the proposals for the change of Russia’s Constitution we can also find a proclamation of Russians' faith in God and a very strong ban on giving away any Russian territory, and this would of course, strengthen Russia’s power on Crimea which legally belongs to Ukraine but that got annexed to Russia in 2014. These changes will continue Putin’s homophobic and anti-LGBT+ position, putting a ban on possible civil uni...
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