In his song, which is sung alternately in English and French, Bilal Hassani promotes adoption. “When I sleep, I am the king,” it says. But since the 19-year-old was winning a preliminary ESC round with "Roi" (König) over the weekend, the French candidate for the European Song Contest (ESC) faces massive hostility.
Bilal Hassani wears platinum blonde hair, a pair of nickel glasses – and a homosexual. Now a musician with Moroccan roots as a “pedophile” or as a “shame” for France or Islam is scolding, his lawyer said according to AFP. The singer therefore reported that against Unknown recovered.
Conchita as a role model
According to Bayerischer Rundfunk, Hasanis supporters already count more than 1,500 “abusive and discriminatory” tweets. According to an AFP lawyer, there are calls for violence or even murder. Therefore, he appealed to law enforcement agencies for "insulting, inciting hatred, violence and threats of homophobia."
Artistically – and possibly also in the fight against such insults – Hasani, according to BR, role model: Austrian star ESC Conchita Thanks to a cover version of the cult figure "Rise Like a Phoenix", Hassani first became known in the program "Children of the Voice". Hundreds of thousands follow him on YouTube and on social networks.
Hassani also receives support from the organization Urgence Homophobie, which advocates for gay rights. Based on the title of the song, she tweeted among other things: "You are the king."