Eurovision's Winners: Tolerance and a Bearded Star

Look at the popular vote and you'll see that the performance by bearded lady Conchita Wurst at this year's Eurovision Song Contest was truly a victory for tolerance.
Are we surprised that Russian officials didn't like Conchita Wurst? Photographer: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

Austrian Tom Neuwirth's stage image in the Eurovision Song Contest, the bearded lady Conchita Wurst, was calculated to shock and cause controversy. It was also a political gamble that paid off throughout Europe.

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