Wild Youth, the Irish representatives for Eurovision 2023 have today cut their ties with creative director Ian Banham following screen grabs being circulated on Twitter of posts which were of a transphobic nature.
The band took to Twitter themselves as the comments were made public with the following statement
Wild Youth is a band that stands for unity and kindness. Our song represents our beliefs as a band. We have cut all ties with Ian Banham and will not have him on or near our team or Eurovison journey. We are so sorry for anyone offended by his comments. ❤️
— Wild Youth (@bandwildyouth) April 25, 2023
The BBC have reported that singer Conor O’Donohoe said he “felt sick” reading the tweets and apologised to those hurt by the remarks.
Wild Youth will be performing their song “We Are One” in position 6 of the first semi final on Tuesday May 9th