MTV to Counter Hungary's Anti-Gay Law as EMAs in Budapest Will “Stand in Solidarity” With LGBTQ+ Community

BY GEORG SZALAI
Nov 5, 2021 1:45 PM ET
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"As a gay man, my personal emotions got the better of me" initially before the company decided to go ahead with the event, shares Chris McCarthy, president and CEO of MTV Entertainment Group Worldwide.

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After the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) will return live from Budapest, Hungary this year, with the company planning to use the big event to counter the country’s recent anti-gay law and “stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community in Hungary and around the world,” Chris McCarthy, president and CEO of MTV Entertainment Group Worldwide said in an internal memo.

MTV, part of ViacomCBS, will hold the live event on Nov. 14 as “a global celebration of music for all audiences around the world,” on Tuesday unveiling the Papp László Budapest Sportaréna as the venue.

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