Norway – I hesitated for a long time whether to talk about this or not, in order not to give Breivik even more publicity, but I think this is noteworthy. Mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, who slaughtered 77 people in Oslo and on the island Utoya, had one hour to make closing arguments in his trial today. He used the time to present his twisted, racist view of the world and Norway. Among other popular culture products such as “Sex and the City” he also used the Eurovision Song Contest to establish why he thinks Norway and Europe are “culturally, collectively in a psychosis”.
In his rant he defames recent Norwegian Eurovision representatives Alexander Rybak, Stella Mwangi and Tooji by calling them “assylum seekers” from Belarus, Africa and Iran respectively. He claims they were only chosen so that Norway could present itself as a tolerant country. “A good example is the contribution to the Eurovision in recent years. Aided by the media, a Belarussian was selected, probably with tartar roots. But that was not enough: Later, we let a Kenyan asylum seeker represent Norway with a “bongo song,” Breivik said. The prosecuter has called Breivik “mentally disordered” and has called for him to be sent to a closed psychiatry.
Alexander Rybak, child of Belarussian immigrants represented Norway in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest and achieved the countries’ third victory with the highest score ever.