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Members of Finnish punk band Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät (PKN), all of whom have mental disabilities, have applied to take part in the Eurovision song contest, in order to raise awareness for Down syndrome.
PKN was formed in 2009 at a culture workshop arranged by Lyhty, a non-profit organization which helps adults with intellectual disabilities.
“The members of our band are four middle-aged, mentally handicapped men. The music is, of course, Finnish punk,” the bass guitarist said, as quoted by kovasikajuttu.fi. The subjects of the band's lyrics range from social problems to unpleasant pedicures.
In 2012, filmmakers Jukka Kärkkäinen and J-P Passi released a documentary about the band called “The Punk Syndrome.”
“[The band] probably won’t take over the world, but it will accomplish something a lot more important,” said Sami Tenkanen, program manager for Finland's Radio Rock.
originally posted by: crayzeed
Great. Let anyone try.It certainly can't be as bad as some recent acts that have been in it. But the euro-vision contest is about the best song of Europe(or supposed to be) not a platform for disability protest. That being said if the song is good enough go ahead, but if the song is crap, disability or no disability NO.
Agree, I hope the contest is not ruined by people voting for them simply because they're disabled.