Sunday, November 22, 2015

Germany withdraws Eurovision contender after uproar on anti-Semitic, homophobic lyrics

It's getting more and more difficult, not to say impossible, to understand what's going on in the minds of Europeans!

The Jerusalem Post reports:

Germany withdrew its contender for next year's Eurovision song contest on Saturday following a backlash from critics who accuse the R&B artist of using anti-Semitic and homophobic slurs in his songs.

Xavier Naidoo, a singer of Indian and African heritage whose albums have sold millions, was selected as Germany's candidate by public broadcaster ARD on Thursday, but the uproar in newspapers and social media prompted a swift change of heart.

"Xavier Naidoo is a wonderful singer who isn't racist or homophobic in my view," ARD executive Thomas Schreiber said in a statement. "It was clear that he is someone who polarizes but the ferocity of the reactions surprised us. We misjudged."

Top-selling newspaper Bild questioned the choice of Naidoo on its front page on Friday. Anetta Kahane, founder of well-known anti-racism group the Amadeu Antonio Foundation, described his selection as "problematic". [...] 
In another song released after the 2008 financial crisis, Naidoo refers to the German-Jewish Rothschild banking family as "Baron Deadschild" and uses the word "schmock", a derogatory term in Yiddish.

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