This year’s Eurovision theme is ‘Celebrate Diversity’ – but there have been reports that one of this year’s entrants has a past history of anti-LGBT comments.
Croatian act Jacques Houdek’s previous alleged remarks earned him a nomination for ‘Homophobe of the Decade’ from the country’s biggest LGBT event, Zagreb Pride, back in 2011. He’s denied accusations of homophobia.
In an interview with Tena Magazine in 2005, the singer reportedly said giving gay men and women equal rights would be the return of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Naturally, on hearing the allegations, some viewers weren’t happy that Houdek had been chosen to represent the country and highlight diversity on Eurovision.
As reported by Pink News, Houdek published a denial statement in 2011 on Facebook, saying: “It is not true that I am [a] homophobe, which can be confirmed by my friends, colleagues and acquaintances from business circles who are gay.
“Likewise, any form of hatred does not correspond to my personality, so to call me [a] ‘hater’ or ‘greatest homophobe in Croatian showbusiness’, is inappropriate, because no such evidence exists for such accusations…”
Houdek also recently said that his entry song ‘My Friend’ was written to celebrate diversity and to respect everyone, regardless of their differences.
He said (via Express): “It is a song that reminds us to respect each other and our differences.
“Let’s just be friends – regardless of our race, nationality, age, religion, sexual orientation, social status or background.”
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