“Si”

In 1974 the Italian singer Gigliola Cinquetti entered the Eurovision Song Contest for the second time, after winning it ten years prior with her hit „Non ho l’età“. While her 1960s song talks about a girl being too young to date, her later song “Si” speaks of a mature woman who fully commits to a relationship.

Simultaneously—in 1974—Italy was revoting on the right to divorce. It had been introduced there four years prior, as one of the last countries in Europe to do so. Voting “si” on the referendum would abolish the right to divorce, while voting “no” would keep the existing law in place.

Since RAI, Italy’s national public broadcasting company, was concerned that the song “Si” would negatively impact the referendum (and hence, the right to divorce) the song was censored in its own country. Luckily, the referendum passed with 59%/41% in favor of maintaining the law and the right to divorce was upheld! For Gigliola Cinquetti, who came in second behind ABBA with “Waterloo”, this meant that her song never became a hit.

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