Disabled Eurovision Star Banned By Madame Tussauds

CENPublished: April 5, 2018
Published: April 5, 2018

A disabled Eurovision singer has been refused entrance to Madame Tussauds because the attraction could not cater for her wheelchair.

Russian star Yuliya Samoylova, 28, was not allowed in the waxworks museum in the city of Dusseldorf in north-western Germany.

Madame Tussauds said they could not allow her to enter as they could not guarantee her safety in the event of a fire.

Her husband Aleksey said: "They said that I simply wouldn't have time to get her out."

Ms Samoylova added: "I did not expect to face problems in Europe - I wasn’t allowed to enter."

The singer-songwriter has used a wheelchair since childhood after losing mobility in her legs due to spinal muscular atrophy.

She was banned from entering the Ukraine to compete in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest as she had violated Ukrainian law by entering the disputed Crimean peninsula from Russia two years earlier.

Following the ban, Russia withdrew from the contest and again selected Ms Samoylova to represent the country in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal, where she will sing a song entitled 'I Won't Break'.

She was in Germany for a promotional tour ahead of the contest which takes place from 8th to 12th May in the Portuguese capital city.

Her difficulties entering Madame Tussauds have raised eyebrows in Russia where many public buildings lack facilities for disabled people.

Netizen ‘marina_elchina’ said: "Those are the rules. We are simply used to people not caring about disabled people in Russia. They can enter anywhere, but there are no facilities for them."

While ‘erikaalexdesign’ added: "Rules are not made up on the spot. Maybe one day our fire safety rules will get tougher."

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