Eurovision bosses ban non-binary flags - then post about them on social media

by 24britishtvMay 12, 2024, 2 p.m. 21
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Eurovision Song Contest bosses have been slammed for apparently banning non-binary flags from the competition – then posting about them on social media.

The show’s official X account showed someone holding a non-binary flag with the caption “Non-binary finery”. But this caused a huge backlash amongst fans after this year’s winner Nemo – the first non-binary winner in the show’s history – revealed they had to smuggle their own flag into the world famous competition.

Speaking after their win, the 24-year-old Swiss singer, who claimed victory with catchy tune The Code, shared: “I had to smuggle my flag in because Eurovision said no – and I did it anyway, so I hope other people did that too.”

Fans were quick to express their anger, with one posting: “How dare you tweet this after having someone removed for bringing that same flag. Shame on the EBU [European Broadcasting Union, who host the show].”

Another commented: “Yeah let’s first ban people in the venue from using that flag and then use it to score some social media points. You should be ashamed of yourself.” A third chimed in: “Acting like you didn’t kick a fan with the non-binary flag out of the arena.” “Considering your venue banned the non-binary flag, you can’t use this for your promo. Hypocrites,” a fourth echoed. While a fifth added: “BANNING the non-binary flag and then using it for social media likes is f***ing crazy. You guys really suck so bad.”

The non-binary flag is made up of four horizontal stripes in four colours that represent different things. The yellow stripe is for those whose genders do not exist within the binary, white represents people who identify as multiple genders, purple is those who consider themselves a mix of male and female genders. While the black stripe is for those who identify as having no gender.

The controversy over the alleged banning of non-binary flags at this year’s Eurovision led to winner Nemo – who accidentally broke the trophy minutes after being handed it – calling out the “double standards”. In a press conference after their historic win, the singer said: “As I say, I broke the code and I broke the trophy. Maybe the trophy can be fixed. Maybe Eurovision needs a little bit of fixing too every now and then."

This year’s UK entry, Years & Years singer Olly Alexander, also identifies as non-binary but uses the pronouns he/him. The 33-year-old has previously shared: “I feel very non-binary, and you know, I identify as gay and queen and non-binary.” Olly came 18 out of 25 with his song Dizzy and finished with just 46 points in the jury vote from each country.

To add insult to injury, he also received the dreaded ‘nul points’ from the audience vote. Though the UK were nowhere near the top of the leaderboard, it was still an improvement on last year’s entry Mae Muller, who finished 25th out of 26 finalists with her catchy tune I Wrote A Song. Both were in stark contrast to when Sam Ryder came second in 2022 with his song Space Man.

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