MTV to counter Hungarian anti-gay legislation with EMAs – deadline

MTV’s Europe Music Awards (EMA) will be held in Hungary this year in a bid to challenge the country’s tough new anti-gay laws, with CEO Chris McCarthy saying the outfit “will use the opportunity to show solidarity of the LGBTQ + community in Hungary and around the world.

The awards will take place at the Papp László Budapest Sportaréna in Hungary on November 14 and will be broadcast worldwide in prime time, with the hosts, nominees and artists to be announced at a later date.

They should have been hosted in Hungary last year but took place virtually due to the pandemic.

Since then, the Hungarian government has passed anti-LGBTQ + legislation that bans television content featuring gay men during the day and during prime time for those under the age of 18.

Over the summer, fourteen European governments condemned the new law as a “blatant form of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression”.

In a note to staff today, MTV’s McCarthy, who is gay, said his “knee jerk reaction” after finding out about the law was to move the event.

After “calming down” he consulted with global LGTBQ + advocates and realized that MTV could “take the opportunity to stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ + community in Hungary and around the world as we continue to fight. for equality for all ”.

The awards will therefore reward young LGBTQ + activists in Hungary and around the world “on the front line” with the MTV Generation Change Awards in partnership with the advocacy group All Out. MTV today revealed that it has expanded its partnership with All Out and amplified the group’s campaigns throughout the year.

McCarthy’s personal note recalled his first meeting with Pedro Zamora on MTV Real world and the impact it had on him.

“It was in the 90s, and I had never met another homosexual before. My only lifeline was television. It gave me a direct window to a new world, a world that gave me hope that I was not alone.

“To all those kids at home: there is hope, and you will always have a home with us on MTV Entertainment.”

Laura T. Thrasher