‘Everything’s political’ sang Skunk Anansie, and that couldn’t be truer when it comes to the
seemingly innocuous back-slapping and inoffensive cheese-fest that is the Eurovision Song Contest. But this years disposable night of nonsense might have a lasting impact…it could start or end World War Three.
What? Because the songs are so bad? Hahaha – no, I’m not joking. This years Eurovision is an extremely important political event that could have far reaching repercussions. I don’t want to get all Daily Mail on this and turn it into something it’s not, but looking at the fact this is a crucible of political fire.
With not only Europe, but most of the world watching, this live broadcast could carry a powerful and lasting message. This could be just like the end of Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey. One song/performance could unite us all, and give us that one brief sobering moment in which we realize all the recent fighting and political aggression is downright stupid. This is the 21st Century, I thought we were meant to be civilized by now?
Now, Eurovision could go one of two ways. The acts could get on stage, laugh, clap, sing and dance their way through their irrelevant songs and treat it as a big joke, or they could stand for peace by not singing.
Yup, not singing.
To not put on a show is the best form of defiance performers have. The camera could cut away, but too many people would tweet what they were witnessing, broadcasts would be cut to a lot of fumbling presenters, it would be global chaos as one of the most expansive and televised events is brought to a standstill by a unified peace protest.
If you’re a performer and you believe in peace, this is your moment to become a greater and more significant artist than your singing will ever make you. You will transcend music and become something more, you”ll become an icon who stood for the most important thing of all.
Think that’s far-fetched? It might be, but history is full of people who stood up for what they believed in. To be honest, I don’t think it will happen. But my greatest fear is that the whole event will go the other way, and descend into a booing contest. It is highly likely that every time Russia is mentioned they’ll be booing, and all that will do is galvanize Russian feeling. Booing will create a ‘them and us’ situation, and that will only cause tension. Sure, it’s only a stupid song contest, but the audience figures are so large how can a negative reaction fail to impact on public mood and global feeling?
I would love for Russia/Ukraine to team up and hold hands during their songs.
It will be pretty hard to stop either country storming the stage, and if pre-arranged, they can hold hands in what will be a beautiful symbol of peace. Will it change anything? It might, it will at least show that the tensions need to de-escalate – not just in Russia/Ukraine, but in Syria and across the world. We are living in a time when civil war is fanning across the planet and already raging in Syria. This must stop, and no-matter what your feeling about Eurovision, it is the only time (aside perhaps from a World Cup) when the whole world is watching and talking to each other.