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Vox Populi with Maryna Irkliyenko: Do you agree with statements made by ultra-nationalist party Svoboda that singer Gaitana should not represent Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest because she is b

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Feb. 23, 2012, 9:27 p.m. | Vox Populi — by Maryna Irkliyenko

Maryna Irkliyenko

Kyiv Post Staff Writer

Do you agree with statements made by ultra-nationalist party Svoboda that singer Gaitana should not represent Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest because she is black?
Hanna Sladkova,
librarian




“I agree with Svoboda party. She should be Ukrainian if she represents Ukraine, because Ukrainians are white. We don’t have common history with blacks. We are Slavs. All my friends and everybody I know say ‘why Gaitana? Found a real Ukrainian, huh?’”








Davyd Bespol,
lawyer





“I don’t think skin color matters, due to those processes that take place with Ukraine being on its way to Euro-integration. I think that skin color, religion or other preferences should not affect the choice of the candidate to represent Ukraine.”







Olena Sira,
student





“This is about show business, so it doesn’t bother me. It’s not that I don’t care who would represent Ukraine, but since it has already been decided, there is nothing we can do about it, so I don’t mind.”







Ivan Poralo,
librarian





“I don’t think skin color matters. [Regarding black people] everything is great with football, basketball and hockey, why there should be problems with music concerts? Today geographical borders don’t have any meaning, since we live … in [an] information society.”







Halyna Kyry­chenko,
librarian





“My opinion is that if this black person was born in Ukraine and is a Ukrainian citizen, let her represent Ukraine. Especially if this person is talented and has got a good singing voice. There shouldn’t be other criteria here.”







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