Eurovision is known for being political, and it was a doozy this week. Anger over Vladimir Putin's anti-gay laws manifested both positively (in the form of victory for Austriandrag queenConchita Wurst) and negatively (the booing of the guileless teenage Russian entrants). In other news, the transition from spring to summer in the Northern Hemisphere meant that TV and movies share roughly equal space. Expect movies to overtake TV sometime near the end of June.
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It wouldn't be Eurovision without some unsettling political subtexts, and while Russia's not-quite-invasion of Ukraine may have had less impact than expected (they both gave each other points, albeit not a lot) the same cannot be said for its antediluvian restrictions on the LGBT community, (Eurovision is known as the "gay Superbowl", after all) reaction to which almost certainly played a part in this Austriandrag queen's triumph over bookies' favourite, Sweden's Sanna Nielsen.
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There's always a political undercurrent to Eurovision, but it surfaced pretty nastily this year. Even for such a gay-friendly event, it was perhaps a bit untoward to boo the Russian entry, the winsome, 17-year-old Tolmachevy Sisters, simply for the homophobic decrees of their leader. Still, from the looks of things, they bore the abuse with grace.