Racism Issue Arises In Eurovision Contest

Anastasia Prikhodko ran into a storm of protest over remarks she appeared to have made on the Internet. She won the right to represent Russia last Saturday by submitting a song that has a chorus in Ukrainian. The Internet video shows her on a show in 2007 where she said: “I don’t like black people, Chinese people,” and when asked why she was performing on a show whose producer was Georgian, the nice young Russian lady responded: “A Georgian isn’t racism, my dear, they are white and those people are black.” Kornelia Mango who was on the same show said that Prikhodko “often” made racist remarks.

Reporters have uncovered pictures of her brother as a member of ultra nationalist groups. In defense for these remarks, the young lady wanted the world to know that her best friend if Jewish and her grandfather helped to liberate Berlin in WWII. Oh well, given that her “best friend” is Jewish, all she has to do is get a best friend who is black or Chinese or any one of those “other” type of people.

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  • Dave

    Whats the big deal, were free to make any comments we want. If you choose to publish them, then it becomes YOUR problem, not ours. And, if you believe that this world is not racist, then, your living on another planet. It, also is becoming more racist as time passes. That the way it is. Get used to it.

  • Anonymous

    Why does this not surprise me?

  • http://radical-rain.deviantart.com Vanechka

    The comment made by “Anonymous” seemed really ignorant.
    There is no real proof that Prikhodko, or her brother for that matter, is a racist. There were MANY people upset with the fact that Prikhodko won the chance to preform for Russia, even the contestants from other countries who finished way behind her made remarks like “What the hell does a song that is sung in Ukrainian have anything to do with Russia..? She shouldn’t be in the contest”.

    I truly believe that people were taking one or two words out of context just to give her a bad reputation – she even immediately apologised publically for it.

    And, in response to Dave, that is a very pessimistic way to view the world. Racism IS a big deal. People conspire and carry out hate crimes because of their racist views all the time.
    And, I disagree, racism isn’t getting worse, it’s just not getting any better. But I believe, sadly, that racism will always exist as long as different people do.