Watch: Ireland’s Eurovision Entry Features Gay Couple, and May Be Banned in Russia

Watch: Ireland’s Eurovision Entry Features Gay Couple, and May Be Banned in Russia

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.

 

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