Controversy Surrounds Marina Satti's Yawning Incident During Israeli Delegation's Remarks at Eurovision 2024

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Greece's state broadcaster (ERT) stated at Eurovision 2024 that Marina Satti did not intend to offend the Israeli delegation.

A now viral video showing Marina Satti, Greece's representative at the 2024 Eurovision competition, prominently yawning, looking disinterested, and apparently falling asleep during a press conference late on Friday, while Israel's representative was speaking, sparked a firestorm of reactions the following day.

The video circulated widely and garnered comments from Greek-language users and others reacting to the previous evening's Eurovision second semi-final held in Malmo, Sweden. The hashtags #eurovisiongr, #σαττι, and #marinasatti were top trends for Greek users throughout the day. Satti, a Greek-Sudanese performer, along with her troupe of dancers performing the song "Zari," qualified for the grand final on Saturday, May 11.

The video captured Marina Satti yawning as Israel's representative, singer Eden Golan, was answering questions at the press conference, with other finalists also in attendance. Despite some scattered booing during Golan's stage performance, she delivered an almost flawless appearance. Concurrently, a pro-Palestinian protest occurred outside the Malmo Stadium where the Eurovision competition was held.

According to the Greek broadcaster, Satti was exhausted from the week-long rehearsals and appearances in Sweden and could not conceal her fatigue during the press interview. Sources from ERT clarified that Satti did not intend to insult or offend Golan or the Israeli delegation; in fact, she expressed her wishes for Eden's success in the final.

Marina Satti controversy reported that, if one watched the full video instead of just the part featuring Eden Golan's statements, it would be evident that Marina Satti interacted with the panel of artists and journalists consistently throughout the press conference. Satti's yawning was attributed to the demanding schedule and extensive rehearsals of the preceding days, rather than a sign of disrespect towards the Israeli representative, whom she wished luck for the final on Saturday.

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), of which ERT is a member, serves as the organizing body of the Eurovision Song Contest.

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