Turkey is refusing to take part in next year’s Eurovision Song Contest because of its inclusivity. Turkish authorities have said that this will be the first time that it will not participate in the massive show since 2012. Ibrahim Eren, head of the country’s state broadcaster Turkish Radio Television (TRT), said that it is not appropriate to broadcast a show that is so inclusive to the public.
“As a public broadcaster we cannot broadcast live at 9 pm, when children are watching, an Austrian with a beard and a skirt, who claims not to have a gender and says “I am a man and a woman at the same time,” he said.
Turkey has also banned gay pride celebrations and parades.