Numerous artists including drag performers and LGBT artists have announced they will not perform at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, boycotting it and will hold an alternative online broadcast.
The online broadcast entitled Globalvision will be aired at the same time Madonna will be performing at the finale of Eurovision in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Many organization including LGBT and human rights groups have urged fans and Madonna to boycott the Eurovision Song Contest over the continuous conflict between Israel and Palestine.
Artists already scheduled to perform at Globalvision is Palestinian drag performer Elias Wakeen, queer Palestinian artist Bashar Murad, and U.K based drag performer Ray Filar.
Globalvision will broadcast over the air live show performances from several countries. The will also broadcast music videos.
Organizers of Globalvision said they would be targeting the viewers who stream Eurovision online, which can be approximately 2.2 million people.
Globalvision is billing themselves as an evening of “diversity and inclusion” when the broadcast airs live gigs in Haifa, London, Dublin, and Bethlehem.
The organizers said:
Globalvision was thought up by professionals who work in music, theatre, and film industries. It was brought to life by Palestinian artists and international and Israeli allies.
We are all uniting to tell the world we stand behind the refugees who have a right to return, and the right of all people for freedom and self-determination.
Many people have started a campaign to boycott Eurovision.
When it was announced that Madonna was getting paid $1M for two songs, and would be bringing an entourage of well over 100 people to the contest, she was urged by multiple human rights groups and artists to boycott.
The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel wrote an open letter to Madonna to boycott the contest and hoped the pop star would “not undermine or struggle for justice, freedom, and equality.”
Roger Waters from Pink Floyd was amongst over 100 artists and cultural icons who wrote an open letter to the Guardian asking Madonna to boycott Eurovision due to human rights violations.
Madonna has not made any comments regarding the strife of the Palestinian people or the LGBT Boycott.
Madonna’s performance will not be aired in the United States, as stations feel she will not bring in the ratings to make it worth their while.
Written by Barbara Sobel
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