As each country in the EU (and Russia and Australia) gears up for the Eurovision Song Contest, this year in Lisbon, we are getting a glimpse at their chosen acts. This year, Ireland has found its progressive views causing controversy with less-tolerant nations like Russia.
In the recently released video by Ryan O’Shaughnessy for his song “Together,” the young star shows a male same-sex couple dancing in Dublin’s nightlife mecca Temple Bar.
While the promotional video features the gay couple, if the live performance uses a same-sex couple it may be banned in airing in Russia because it could violate the country’s anti-gay propaganda laws. By choosing not to air it, Russia may face a ban itself from Eurovision.
Ireland participates in the first Semi Final of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest on May 8th.