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Eurovision winner Nemo says non-binary flag wasn’t allowed

Eurovision Song Contest winner Nemo with their non-binary flag.

Nemo, the primary non-binary winner of the Eurovision Music Contest, has mentioned they needed to “smuggle” their non-binary flag into Saturday’s Grand Ultimate after alleging that it wasn’t allowed within the enviornment.

Switzerland’s Nemo stormed into first place on the contest over the weekend (11 Might) with their tune “The Code”, which is about Nemo realising and accepting their non-binary id.

Throughout one of many standout moments from an in any other case controversy-marred contest, Nemo appeared on stage to symbolize their nation holding a white, yellow, black and purple flag – also called the non-binary flag.

But talking at a press convention after their historic win, the 24-year-old singer blasted the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the organisers behind Eurovision, saying that they needed to “smuggle” their non-binary flag into Malmö Enviornment. 

Eurovision winner Nemo poses with a non-binary flag.
Eurovision winner Nemo needed to “smuggle” their non-binary flag into the world. (Getty)

Requested about experiences that followers had been barred from bringing non-binary flags into the world, Nemo branded it “unbelievable” and recommended that the EBU had a “double customary”.

“I needed to smuggle my flag in as a result of Eurovision mentioned no, however I did it anyway, so I hope some folks did that too,” they mentioned. “However, I imply, come on, that is clearly a double customary.”

After Nemo received the competition, the official Eurovision Music Contest social media accounts shared a photograph of them together with the caption “non-binary finery”.

Nemo additionally revealed that they broke their trophy after being handed it, and used the chance to make a dig on the controversy that enveloped the competition this 12 months.

“The trophy might be mounted – perhaps Eurovision wants fixing a bit bit too, from time to time,” they mentioned, to a spherical of applause within the viewers.

This 12 months, Eurovision confronted intensive requires a boycott after the EBU refused to stop Israel from competing within the contest, amid the nation’s ongoing warfare with Hamas. 

Figures launched after this 12 months’s contest present that round 25 per cent much less Brits watched Eurovision this 12 months in comparison with final, suggesting that the boycott succeeded partly.

Hours earlier than Eurovision was set to start, stress on the contest reached new ranges when the Netherland’s act Joost Klein, a favorite to win, was disqualified following an alleged verbal altercation between him and a feminine manufacturing crew member.

In the meantime, Eire’s non-binary star Bambie Thug expressed that their want to embrace pro-Palestine messages as a part of their staging was declined by the EBU.

After the competition, Bambie let their frustrations with the EBU out, telling a reporter: “I simply need to say we’re what the Eurovision is. The EBU will not be what the Eurovision is. F**ok the EBU, I don’t even care anymore. F**ok them.”

Nemo, too, recommended dissatisfaction at how the EBU had dealt with Israel’s inclusion within the contest, telling reporters that it was an “intense” expertise for the artists.

They defined that their “complete expertise was actually intense, and never simply nice all the best way,” including: “There have been lots of issues that didn’t appear to be it was all about love and unity, and that made me actually unhappy.

“And on the identical time … there was a lot love right here as properly.”

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