The French candidate for Eurovision receives threats from boycotting organizations: “Despite everything, I will not give up on Tel Aviv. "
Bilal Hassani should be one of the colorful artists of the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv in May: a 19-year-old Frenchman of Moroccan origin, homosexual, who appears with colored wigs and makeup, marked by the song "King" ”.
In the past, he won with the song “Rise Like A Phoenix” in a competition in 2014.
"I have been watching Eurovision since childhood," he said in a special interview for The News. “I am still a teenager, maybe a new generation, who thinks he can do all this. "
Hassani is the star of the network, which runs a popular YouTube channel with hundreds of thousands of subscribers, in which he talks about everything from music to sexuality. Thus, he received the nickname "the voice of the young French generation."
But not everything is so rosy: in recent days he has been portrayed in a caricature of a popular French newspaper, in which it seems that his head was decapitated, and in several thousand tweets, posts and debates. confront him. He faces homophobia, racism and criticism of a trip to Israel. Today, Hasani is forced to file a complaint with the police against death threats he received after winning Eurovision.
“I really want to be there, I heard that life in Tel Aviv is exciting,” said Hasani. “Sometimes there are people trying to turn competition into a political event – but, in my opinion, this is inappropriate and nothing will change. "
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