3 Things We Can Learn From Conchita Wurst’s Eurovision Victory

Conchita who? On Saturday night, this Austrian transgender singer became the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest held in Copenhagen this year. By winning the crown, the bearded ‘lass’ has become a symbol of acceptance for homosexuals around the world. Her soul-stirring song, Rise Like A Phoenix, was an instant hit with the 170million-strong (global) audience.

Of course, the contest was not short of controversy, with Russians and Belarussians wildly protesting her participation and their politicians calling for her performance boycott on state television. Many Russian men took to social media, posting photos of themselves shaving their beards off as a form of dissent.

russian shave protest Conchita WurstA Russian man protests Conchita’s Eurovision win

Born Thomas Neuwirth in the village of Bad Mitterndorf, Austria, the 25-year-old began her music career in a boy band called Jetzt Anders. Today, she has become a sensation, with Twitter generating 5,384,678 tweets about her and experts predicting she could earn as much as £25million, thus becoming the biggest Eurovision winner since ABBA in 1974. Here are 3 things we can learn from her.

Tom Neuwirth Conchita WurstThomas Neuwirth and his alter ego Conchita Wurst

While the world accepts her unconditionally in spite of unabashedly blurring the lines of gender distinction, we in India can only stop and stare at our regressive stance on recriminalising homosexuality. Yes, article 377, we’re looking at you!

article 377 indian constitution

Can we imagine a person like Conchita participating in, let alone winning, Indian Idol or Sa Re Ga Ma Pa? This is a triumph of equality, above all else.

Freedom of Expression
In her winning speech, Conchita said that the night was dedicated to everyone who believed in peace and freedom. “We are unity and we are unstoppable,” she said as the crowd erupted in applause. What if this had happened in India? Political parties going berserk, people condemning her (and her parents’) values, priests saying she has defiled her religion, dharnas outside her home… it’s no wonder we are where we are.

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