In 2018’s Eurovision, it’s winner Netta Barzilai who has sparked a fiery public debate.
The Israeli singer, who emerged victorious during Saturday’s competition with her song Toy, is being accused of cultural appropriation by some viewers.
These critics have pointed to Barzilai’s use of East Asian elements in her costume and staging, including her traditional kimono-style dress, her twin-bun hairstyle, and the maneki-neko waving cat toys featured in the background.
— ellie (@eleanorbate) May 12, 2018
israel winning with this cultural appropriation bullshit……. are you kidding me…… i watch eurovision one time and it’s trash
— Riley J. Dennis (@RileyJayDennis) May 12, 2018