Conchita Wurst is a global sensation. The bearded drag queen has built quite a following, inspiring people all over the world since winning the 2014 EuroVision Contest last week. Russian fans, to show support for their pop idol, had planned to hold a parade on May 27: the hilariously titled Conchita Wurst March of Bearded Women and Men.
Unfortunately (and unsurprisingly) Russian officials’ sense of humor (not to mention tolerance) has proved lacking. Citing the need to “respect morality” and “educate the younger generation,” Russian officials denied the fans’ request for a permit to hold the parade. Bafflingly, they also claimed that the parade posed a threat of “violence.”
Much as Russia would like to rain on Europe (and the world’s) parade, there is good news for Conchita Wurst fans. This diva and burgeoning star shows no signs of holding back — with the same level flamboyance and outspokenness, Wurst continues to make headlines and “Rise Like a Phoenix.”
[h/t The Guardian]