Evgeny Perlin has come under fire for homophobic comments he made during commentary for the first semi-final.
During Dana International’s interval performance which featured a kiss cam, Evgeny Perlin made homophobic comments about gay kissing which appeared on the show. Speaking on Belarus 1 and Belarus 24, Mr Perlin said at the first gay kiss, Oh, my goodness! Maybe we’d better not watch!. When a man and a woman were shown kissing he responded “Ok, so far so good!”, then returned to saying “Oh, come on!” when a gay couple kissed.
BBC Monitoring reports that Mr Perlin’s comments have come under criticism on social media. With a journalist for BelaPAN tweeting:
It feels like the Belarusian Television presenter really hit rock bottom this time, though BT is a champion in hitting rock bottom.
While a Radio Liberty journalist added:
The good thing is that these boorish jokes are not heard in other countries.
Evgeny was one of three presenters of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2018. He hosted the contest alongside Helena Meerai, and ZENA who is representing Belarus at this years contest.
It is not known if the comments made by Mr Perlin will face any consequence from the European Broadcasting Union.
Source: BBC Monitoring