'Gay's Day of Action' Eurovision Typos Have Organizers Scrambling for Sharpies

A "Gay's Day of Action"? "Wielcome to Düsseldorf"? A slew of typos in the official Eurovision brochure have organizers rushing to make last minute corrections. But at least one of the errors seems likely to go unnoticed.

Lena Meyer-Landrut will defend her title at the Eurovision Song Contest on May 14.
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Lena Meyer-Landrut will defend her title at the Eurovision Song Contest on May 14.


For many, it might not seem like an error. But a misprint in a tourist pamphlet aimed at visitors to the Eurovision Song Contest, which will be held in Düsseldorf in just over a week's time, has left organizers a tad embarrassed. In a guide booklet to accompany the event, a "Gay's Day of Action" has been listed instead of the actual "School Event Day," a single letter error that conflates the German words schwul, for gay, and Schule, for school.

The printing error in the German-language edition of the brochure was then translated directly into English as "Gay's Day of Action." Given the annual European musical competition's cult-like popularity among gays and lesbians, who are fond of referring to Eurovision as "Gay Christmas," many wouldn't even bat a fake eyelash over the listing. But given the dearth of news in Germany in the post-Easter week doldrums, the many typos in the pamphlet have made the headlines all across the country suggesting that the silly season has come a few months early this year.

With the national tabloid Bild pointing out that 150 errors in total were found in the brochure and our German sister site describing the mistakes as "embarrassing," its almost enough to make one feel sorry for the editors and translators of the booklet.

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The city's tourist office, which produced the brochure, says too little time is left to reprint it. Instead, a small army of workers is applying 100,000 correction stickers over the errors and fixing another mistake in the English version, "Wielcome to Düsseldorf," with Sharpie pens.

Gays Not Left Out

But gay Eurovision fans making their way to Düsseldorf have no reason to worry. The pamphlet still contains plenty of suggestions for gay establishments and events in the cosmopolitan city, including a section titled "Clubbing for Gays & Friends."

With Lena Meyer-Landrut's victory with the pop song "Satellite" at Oslo last year, Germany garnered the privilege of hosting this year's event. Preparations for the massive spectacle are already in full-swing in Düsseldorf. In total, some 43 countries will compete in a competition that helped launch the careers of Abba and Celine Dion. The semi-finals are scheduled to take place on May 10 and 12, with the final on Saturday, May 14.

In a controversial move, Meyer-Landrut will be defending her title this year as Germany's participant with the song, "Taken by a Stranger."

Whether Meyer-Landrut is successful or not, it appears Christmas will be coming twice this year to Düsseldorf.

dsl -- with wires

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