Austria: Thousands join a Facebook group protesting ORF’s choice

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Previously this week the Austrian broadcaster ORF announced that they had internally chosen Conchita Wurst as their Eurovision 2014 representative. This decision immediately aroused discussion on social media and now, four days after the announcement, over 35,000 have joined a Facebook group protesting ORF’s choice.

Behind ‘Conchita Wurst’ is a man named Tom Neuwirth. He first became famous after participating a local talent competition in 2006. He was also part of a boyband which, however, broke up very soon. His first appearance as Conchita Wurst, a bearded lady, happened in a talent show in 2011 and the following year he, or she, finished second in the Austrian pre-selection with ‘That’s What I Am’.

NEIN zu Conchita Wurst beim Song Contest‘ is the title of the group and according to the description of the page its founders don’t accept that the broadcaster, which is funded by the tax payers, made an internal selection without any public voting. They deny that this would be a statement against for example sexual minorities or addressed especially against Conchita herself.

‘I’ll go my own way’

Conchita commented what she thinks about the Facebook group in an interview with Krone. The singer says she’ll continue going her own way and says she is used to different kind of insults from rather harmless comments to death threats.

On her Facebook page she states that everyone should be allowed to live as they want and that she will continue fighting against discrimination.

SOURCE: Facebook pages, Wiwibloggs, Krone