Israel: Hovi Star gets bullied at the Moscow Airport

by Michalis Vranis 2,459 views22

It was Barei, the Spanish representative who revealed that Hovi Star, the Israeli participant in the Eurovision Song Contest was bullied by airport police guards in Moscow. Last night, the Israeli singer cleared up the story.

During his last visit in Malta, Hovi Star shared his experience live on the Maltese TV show, Xarabank. The journalist asked the singer about the incident and Hovi Star didn’t hesitate to shed light to it.

Hovi Star, was invited at the Russian Eurovision Preparty along with other guests and current Eurovision participants, among them it was Barei who represents Spain this year.

Upon his arrival in Moscow, Hovi Star had to go through the security check at the airport and, according to his revelations, the border guards humiliated him by making jokes about his physical appearance and to top that, they ripped his passport apart.

In Moscow, people have a rough time with people like me, maybe because I’m gay, maybe because I dress like this, maybe because I wear makeup – I don’t know. But when I wanted to get into Moscow, I had problems with the passport control and they told me I can’t go in. They looked at my passport – they ripped my passport – and then they laughed at me.

For Hovi Star, this was a rather negative surprise since he wasn’t expecting such treatment when it comes to a Eurovision event; but he was proven wrong.

Regarding his feelings about this year’s Russian representative Sergey Lazrev, Hovi Star made clear that he likes his song and has no hard feelings for him.

It’s amazing that this happened in the Eurovision bubble. My song, Made of Stars, it talks about equality. It talks about how everyone is the same, everybody was born the same, everybody will die the same. And I always say, give love – it’s free. There’s no need for hate, there’s no need for negativity. And I choose to really take it as a lesson.

Barei: If I were Gay, I wouldn’t vote for Russia

Barei, on a long interview at the Spanish Newspaper La Vanguardia, was the first person to reveal the incident with Hovi Star at the Moscow airport, adding the issues that Gay people are facing there. At this interview, she pointed out that if she was gay and had to vote in Eurovision, she wouldn’t vote for Russia because of the country’s intolerance to this sexual identity and expression.

No matter what, this incident must for sure be condemned and more light has to be shed upon.

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  • Laurent

    I said it before, Russia should never host Eurovision again because it is NOT a gay friendly country and I don’t see why they should host the biggest worldwide gay event. I went to Istanbul 2004 and Athens 2006 and probably more than 50% (if not more) of the public was gay, including me. Russia is a mascarade and nobody needs them at Eurovision. Please don’t vote for them even if they have a good song this year. It’s not helping the gay community.

  • גבי טל

    p.r bulshit. the russian song is the best. israeli song is the worst.

  • גבי טל

    YOU
    SAYING nonsense… MOST OF ARTIST AND TV INDUSTRY IN RUSSIA ARE GAY
    OR JUES… RUSSIA IS KNOWN AS A Cultural capital AND THE EUROVISION IN
    RUSSIA WAS ONE OF THE BEST EVER… RUSSIA SHUD WIN AND WILL WIN
    BECOUSE OF BEST SONG THIS YEAR…. THIS P/R BULSHIT IS NOT INTRESTING
    EVER EVERY YEAR THERE IS SOME THAT SEND BED SONGS AND WILL failed THAT
    LOOKING FOR P.R THAT NOBODY CARS….

  • Heinz

    Best song? The most dated in 2016! Russia should be banned! I know gays from Russia and they live in fear all the time! Don´t tell about your gay Country! It is a lie!

  • Laurent

    You express your point of view aggressively. Ou may be right actually: Russia might win. Good song but in any case, all the Russians from the ex USSr countries will vote for Mama Russia. It doesn’t matter what Russia sings, if it’s good or bad, the votes don’t reflect the quality of the song from Russia but the votes from he Russians outside of Russia. So yes, you might win with the 12 points from Belarus, Armenia, Latvia and so on, as usual ;)))) Pathetic 😉

  • גבי טל

    THE FACTS ARE THAT WHEN WERE BAD SONGS FROM RUSSIA THEY FAILD… SO YOUR TEORY IS WRONG…. YES THE ARTIST THAT REPRESENT RUSSIA ARE POPULAR IN MAGIORITY OF EUROVISION PARTISAPITION SO THEY VOTE FOR THE ARTIST AND SONGS THEY LOVE SO WHAT THE PROBLEM ? ITS THE COMPETITION…. ISRAEL SENDS SINGERS AND SONGS THAT EVEN IN ISRAEL ARE HATED AND NOT PROFECIONAL SO THAT THEIR PROBLEM…

  • גבי טל

    I DOESNT CARE GAY NOT GAY… I LOVE THE SONG AND THE ARTIST AND VOTE FOR IT… THE STUPED POLITICS DOESNT INTEREST ME… ITS A SONG COMPETITION NOT POLITICS OR GAY PRAYED…

  • גבי טל

    EUROVISION SONG CONTEST IS AN ENTERTATMENT SHOW AND NOT LOOKING FOR DATED SONGS … THE VIEWERS VOTE FOR THE SONG THAT MAKE THEM HAPPY AND THEY LOVE…. GAY INTERESTS ARE NOT A CASE IN A T/V SHOW SONG CONTEST ITS BULSHIT…

  • גבי טל

    ITS JURNALISM ? were is the react of the other side ?

  • RostBurov

    Quote ‘Russia should never host Eurovision again because it is NOT a gay friendly country’ – is Segregation!
    We are not living in a Gay world where being Straight is strange!
    At least you need to be straight sometimes to make gays! LOL!

  • RostBurov

    Why parade if you’re gay?! Be whoever you want and live your live! Why parade it?
    The straight guys do not parade -just live your live!!!
    Appear in full make at Customs check in full make-up in the US – You would end up in prison in Guantanamo!!!
    Russia is to liberal to clowns like Hovi! LOL

  • RostBurov

    You express your point of view aggressively! In the very pro-US Russophobic way!

  • RostBurov

    And yet again! ESC – is a Song Contest – hopefully, – not a gay pride parade!!!

  • Laurent

    You don’t want the Gay Pride in Russia for Eurovision if those friendly Russian rip off your passport because you look gay 😉

  • Laurent

    Obviously I haven’t changed my profile. Yes I lived in America but I am pure bred French and I now live in Italy. Your comment isn’t therefore irrelevant “sweetheart” 😉

  • Laurent

    You don’t want the Gay Pride in Russia for Eurovision if those friendly Russian rip off your passport because you look gay 😉

  • RostBurov

    This is total rubbish! Total fib to promote himself!!!
    Are you dumb? Ever travelled abroad? How could he get into The Country with a “ripped’ passport!? And more over get out of Russia without passport?
    Rubbish –
    I don’t buy his story!
    All he tells is bullshit to draw attention to his vibrant personality!
    Kinda noone like his song ’cause he’s gay!
    NO ONE likes his song for WHATEVER reason!

  • RostBurov

    And yet again! ESC – is a Song Contest – hopefully, – not a gay pride parade!!!

  • Laurent

    The dumb one in this story is you and…ignorant on top of that! Don’t you get it??? The Russians at immigration ripped off the passport of Hovi Star! Apparently you don’t know how to read ;-))))

  • RostBurov

    Wash off all your make up before travelling!!
    Or it not only looks but smells as if did not have shower, either

  • RostBurov

    maybe because that was not his passport or he – painted with his makeup was not the guy on the picture!!
    Any potential terrorist could have looked painted as him! Lol!
    I don’r buy it any way
    If they ripped his passport – how could’ve he possibly return back without passpost????
    This guy either lies or or at least overdoes the situation – -yet again – with the purpose to DRAW attetion to himself and His LOUSY SONG!

  • Denis Bogachev

    Last year I had strange situation in Spain. That time I met one guy there and we felt in love during our holidays. When we were in Madrid we kissed and touch our hands on the street. One day we went to Cordoba. During our walk my friend told me something sweet and I wanted to kiss him, but he told me to step-back, because it can be a problem with homophobic in small towns. I was surprised, that Spanish guy told me such thing. Same situation I saw in New York. Two guys were killed on my eyes with scream “fo*got”. And it was 2 years ago. So I think it’s long way for all countries to be homophobic free. Sorry if I said something not good.