Russians Are Shaving Their Beards In Reaction To Conchita Wurst’s Eurovision Win

If they weren’t happy about her taking part, they’re even less happy now. (h/t and Vice).

1. Remember how people in Russia and Belarus launched petitions to ban television stations from broadcasting Eurovision if Wurst took part?

And how the audience at Eurovision didn’t exactly give Russia the warmest of reactions during the contest?

2. Well, this is how Russian broadcaster Andrei Malakhov responded to Wurst’s win, tweeting he was “shocked” at the result.

3. Beard shaving is now a thing on Russian social media.

4. This rapper challenged his followers to “prove you’re not Conchita”.

5. This woman says her husband is shaving twice a day.

6. This guy says: “The day before yesterday was the last day the beard makes you more manly”.

Позавчера был последний день, когда борода делала тебя более мужественным

— Snowman in Babruisk (@SnowmanBbrsk)

7. Of course, there’s a healthy dose of politics in the background. The Russian deputy prime minister said it: “Showed supporters of European integration their European future: a bearded girl.”

"Евровидение" показала евроинтеграторам их европерспективу - бородатую девочку

— Dmitry Rogozin (@Rogozin)

8. Here’s a Russian nationalist website warning Ukrainians that further integration will expose them to people like Wurst.


— Sputnik & Pogrom (@sputnikipogrom)

9. Here’s a pro-Russian account, which posted a photograph (from Sevastopol) of Ukrainian presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko with the caption, “Ukraine is Europe!”

#joinus #eurovision #Ukraine #2015 #севастополь

— Фото из Севастополя (@InstaSevastopol)

10. There’s also this image going around:

11. “This was the last time I watched Eurovision”.

12. “Austrian men aren’t the same any more”.

13. And of course they had to bring Disney princesses into it.

14. “Now it’s clear who makes Europeans hard.”


(h/t to Aljona Lindsalu for spotting the above five images).

15. Upon her jubilant return to Vienna, Conchita pledged to promote tolerance.

© Leonhard Foeger / Reuters / Reuters

16. “Rise Like a Phoenix” is currently No. 1 on the Russian charts.

& @ConchitaWurst is no 1 today in Russia/Ukraine/Belarus. Top 3 in Azerbaijan/Kyrgystan. What real people think of Putin's anti-gay policies

— Popbitch (@popbitch)

The @eurovision voting story is not that Poles in UK voted for Poland . It's popular vote in Russia/Belarus/Azerb backed @ConchitaWurst

— Popbitch (@popbitch)

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Alan White is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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