MTV Europe Music Awards will ‘stand in solidarity’ with LGBTQ people in Hungary

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10/22/21

The MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) will once again broadcast from Hungary next month after a pandemic hiatus, despite the country’s recent crackdown on LGBTQ rights. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chris McCarthy, president and CEO of MTV Entertainment Group Worldwide, acknowledged in an internal memo that the decision to stick to this location “may surprise anyone who knows that in June of this year Hungary passed anti-LGBTQ+ legislation.” The law, “brought forward by Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s ruling party, [bans] television content featuring gay people during the day and in primetime, only allowing it to run in the overnights,” McCarthy wrote. McCarthy shared that when he learned about the legislation being passed, “my knee jerk reaction was that we should move the event to another country.” “I have to be honest with you, as a gay man, my personal emotions got the better of me,” he wrote. However, after his emotions “cooled down,” he spoke with LGBTQ advocates in Hungary and across the globe, and the decision not to move the event became “very clear” to all parties involved. “We should not move the event,” he wrote. “Instead, we should move forward, using the show as an opportunity to stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community in Hungary and around the world as we continue to fight for equality for all.” Accordingly, MTV and All Out, an LGBTQ advocacy group, announced on Tuesday that their 2021 MTV EMA Generation Change Award will honor “young changemakers from around the world” who are advancing love and equality while combatting anti-LGBTQ policies.

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