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304369.  Thu Mar 27, 2008 4:02 pm Reply with quote

I thought we had this as a topic already but I can't find it. However, this just in, courtesy of popbitch:
popbitch wrote:

Ireland's puppet entry Dustin the Turkey has been censored! The lyrics of the song contain a list of European countries, including Macedonia. Someone made a formal complain to the European Broadcasting Union (and everyone's fingers are pointing at Greece) so Dustin has to use the agreed wording “Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.”

304565.  Thu Mar 27, 2008 7:07 pm Reply with quote

That might be good for the show with Terry Wogan in it, as he is nothing if not an expert on the Eurovision Song Contest. Let's see what other Eurovision snippets there might be.

304633.  Thu Mar 27, 2008 8:12 pm Reply with quote

Well there was another censorship attempt on Finland last year, according to an article in The Guardian.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the choice of Lordi has been greeted with dismay by religious groups both in Finland and abroad. A group of Greek protesters known as the Hellenes have called on the Finnish government to intervene: "We ask the Finnish Commission of the Eurovision Song Contest to cancel the procedure and choose another song. This evil and satanic Finnish band is not welcome in Greece."

304643.  Thu Mar 27, 2008 8:18 pm Reply with quote

The French seem to have shuffled the presentation of the Eurovision song contest from one TV station to another. According to Wikipedia, the office that eventually became TF1 presented it until 1981, but declined to enter in 1982, calling it 'A monument to drivel - a mediocrity'. Because the public demanded it, Antenne2 (later France2) presented it from 1983-1998, though they abandoned the competitive final and just selected the song. Then France 3 got the job, and still presents it.

304654.  Thu Mar 27, 2008 8:26 pm Reply with quote

More censorship attempts on Eurovision, this time from Finland on Israel in 2007. Kjell Ekholm from the Finnish Broadcasting Corporation, which organised the 2007 contest, called for a ban on the Israeli band The Teapacks performing a song called 'Push the Button', which has a verse saying:

The Teapacks wrote:
The world is full of terror
If someone makes an error
He’s gonna blow us up to biddy biddy kingdom come
There are some crazy rulers they hide and try to fool us
With demonic, technologic willingness to harm

Wikipedia reports Italian censorship of the contest in 1974:

[quote=Wikipedia]Italy refused to broadcast the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest on the state television channel RAI because of a song sung by Gigliola Cinquetti which coincided with the intense political campaigning for the 1974 Italian referendum on divorce which was held a month later in May. Despite the Eurovision contest taking place more than a month before the planned vote and despite Cinquetti going as far as winning second place, Italian censors refused to allow the contest and song to be shown or heard. RAI censors felt the song which was titled "Sì" (meaning YES), and which contained lyrics constantly repeating the word "SI" (yes) could be accused of being a subliminal message and a form of propaganda to influence the Italian voting public to vote "YES" in the referendum. The song remained censored on most Italian state TV and radio stations for over a month.[/quote]

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304661.  Thu Mar 27, 2008 8:31 pm Reply with quote

2007 was obviously a good year for Eurovision censorship. According to the Freemuse site, an evangelical group asked Swiss Television to withdraw or re-write the Swiss entry 'Vampires Are Alive' by D J Bobo, because they thought such lyrics as "Free your spirit after midnight, sell your soul" and "From heaven to hell, enjoy the ride" might encourage occult practices. A Christian political party even handed in a 49,000-signature petition asking for the song to be withdrawn.

Some Swiss radio stations refused to play it, but mainly because they thought it was rubbish.

304677.  Thu Mar 27, 2008 8:37 pm Reply with quote

Ruslana, the Russian winner of the 2004 Eurovision had her video for Dance with the wolves (which is, ironically, about freedom which can't be controlled) censored in Russia, where it will be shown without fragments containing scenes from the Ukrainian Orange Revolution. It will also be shown in Russia without scenes of Ruslana playing on drums in front of government buildings blocked by political opponents, and without scenes of her putting flowers into the shields of policemen protecting crowds in Kiev.

Something to do with Vladimir Putin's support of Victor Yanukovych in the Ukrainian presidential elections, apparently.

304939.  Fri Mar 28, 2008 5:13 am Reply with quote

I imagine, with hindsight, Marcelo Caetano wished he'd censored the 1974 Eurovision song contest. That year's Portuguese entry, "E Depois Do Adeus" by Paulo de Carvalho, was used as a signal to alert rebel soldiers to the beginning of the Carnation Revolution, a left-wing military coup against the ruling Estado Novo regime.

304960.  Fri Mar 28, 2008 5:42 am Reply with quote

He’s gonna blow us up to biddy biddy kingdom come

Where is that?


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