Latvia’s upbeat entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 has faced censorship in light of some risqué lyrics.

The song, performed by quirky band Citi Zēni, includes lyrics centred around the benefits of a meat-free diet and low-waste lifestyle.

However, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has placed strict censorship on the song.

Why is Latvia’s entry censored?

The EBU censored some of the lyrics in the song “Eat Your Salad”, as they go against strict Eurovision rules banning  “swearing or other unacceptable language”.

The problematic word in question – p***y – features in the first line of the song.

In previous recordings of the song, lead singer Jānis Pētersons has skipped the word at the start of the first verse: “Instead of meat, I eat veggies and p***y, I like them both fresh, like them both juicy.”

The band also omit expletive “f***” which runs throughout the song.

Inspiration for the song first came when lead singer Pētersons noticed a friend wearing a T-shirt which read “Instead of meat, I eat p***y.”

The band has previously said that the song came into fruition after they went on a cooking show with a hard-core vegan and the chef inspired lead singer Pētersons to change his views on the environment.

Talking to ESCYOUnited, they explained that they hoped to “write and develop this into a song that would not be depressing. That is when the analogy of making green lifestyle sexy came to be.”

Luckily for Citi Zēni, they were not pulled from the competition completely – as Eurovision has been known to remove musicians over contentious lyrics.

In 2009, Georgia’s disco-infused entry We Don’t Wanna Put In was banned for contradicting contest rules on overt political statements.

The chorus would have seemed innocent enough had it not been for the Russian offensive in South Ossetia the year before.

We don’t wanna put in
the negative move

It’s killin the groove

I’m a-tryin to shoot in
some disco tonight

Boogie with you

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Eat Your Salad full lyrics

Instead of meat, I eat veggies and p***y
I like them both fresh, like them both juicy
I ride my bicycle to work instead of a car
All of my groceries are divided by weight
And stored in glass jars (yeah)Got my reusable bag

That’s swag, my flex, my flag
Zero waste, that is my jam
Save fuel and sell your truck
The karma comes for free and so does luck

All aboard the green Titanic
Let’s sail the world and then cruise the Atlantic
No ice in the way, no need to panic
All the signs are there, let’s go organic

Oh, when you eat your veggies, baby, think of me
(Little kitty, don’t you know that being green is cool?)

Know that being green is hot (it’s hot)
Being green is cool (it’s cool)
Eat your salad, save the planet
Being green is sexy as f***

Being green is hot (it’s hot)
Being green is cool (it’s cool)
Eat your salad, save the planet
Being green is sexy as you

Ring, ring, goddamn, it’s an exam, let’s go
Get your trash can, no backup plan, and sort through it
Bend over, then jiggle that peach (ayy)
You’re recycling while I’m loving those cheeks (that’s sweet)

I’m a beast instead of a killer, forget the hot dogs (what?)
‘Cause my sausage is just bigger
Three, two, one, all the girls go eco
If you want your man’s tongue longer than a gecko’s

Oh, when you eat your veggies, baby, think of me
(Little kitty, don’t you know that being green is cool?)

Know that being green is hot (it’s hot)
Being green is cool (it’s cool)
Eat your salad, save the planet
Being green is sexy as f***

Being green is hot (it’s hot)
Being green is cool (it’s cool)
Eat your salad, save the planet
Being green is sexy as you

Know that being green is hot (it’s hot)
Being green is cool (it’s cool)
Eat your salad, save the planet (yeah, yeah)
Being green is sexy as f***(yeah)

Being green is hot (it’s hot)
Being green is cool (it’s cool)
Eat your salad, save the planet

Being green is sexy as-Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na
Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na
Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na
Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na

Know that being green is hot (it’s hot)
Being green is cool (it’s cool)
Eat your salad, save the planet
Being green is sexy as f***

Being green is hot (it’s hot)
Being green is cool (it’s cool)
Eat your salad, save the planet
Being green is sexy as you, oh-oh-oh-oh-oh

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