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A Chinese online broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 on Tuesday blacked out two performances allegedly containing tattoo and LGBT elements, which in the past months had been reportedly banned online or on TV in China. Two songs in the contest, Albania’s “Mall” and Ireland’s “Together” were removed from the two hour-long edited version of the contest’s first semi-final aired Wednesday on mgtv.com, a website linked to popular Chinese broadcaster Hunan TV. Chinese netizens believe the two performances were removed on purpose as the performers of “Mall” sport tattoos, while the Irish song describes a gay relationship. A rainbow flag in the crowd, which represents the LGBT community, was also blurred in the broadcast.

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