Only two days after Xavier Naidoo was announced as the German representative for Eurovision 2016, the German broadcaster ARD has announced that he will not go to Stockholm.
The local media in Germany as well as Eurovision fans outraged following the announcement, as Xavier is a part of the Reichsbürgerbewegung, a group that believes that the German Reich continues to exist in its pre-WWII borders, and his songs include references against jews (in his song Raus aus dem Reichstag) and againt LGBT people.
“The Eurovision Song Contest is a fun event, in which music and the understanding between European people should be the focus. This characteristic must be kept at all costs. The ongoing discussion about Naidoo could harm the image of the Eurovision Song Contest. This is why Naidoo will not represent Germany.”, says Thomas Schreiber of the German broadcaster ARD.
The new mechanism for selecting Germany’s entry for Eurovision 2016 will be announced shortly.
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