Toppers May Withdraw from Eurovision 2009 In Protest Against Ban of Moscow Gay Parade
MOSCOW, May 10th – Today the news was spread that one of the Toppers members, singer Gordon, said that he would withdraw from the Eurovision Song Contest if the Russian government would decide to disrupt the Gaypride in Moscow, which will be held May the 16th. Gordon’s statement was, that if ‘violence’ was used by the government and if people would get hurt, he would withdraw from the Toppers himself. He offered his fellow Toppers the choice to continue with their act if something like that should happen. Gordon is actually convinced that the Russian government is by far not that naive to make such a statement against gay rights on the final day of the Eurovision Song Contest. It was never Gordon’s intention to withdraw from the Song Contest or either make a political statement about this issue. His quotes are based on pure personal feelings. Some of the international media used the quotes Gordon made, in the wrong context.
Gordon’s general opinion about Russia is, what he experienced until now, a country with a liberal state of mind and a country that is open to people from all sorts of backgrounds.
“After being one week in Moscow and experiencing the wonderful hospitality of the Russian people we all cannot believe that anything bad will happen during Gaypride. The Eurovision Song Contest is known to be an international event of love and happiness. We all have to cherish this message the next couple of days”.