Gérard Depardieu affair: “Art is not a totem of impunity”, defends a new forum signed by more than 150 artists

Gérard Depardieu affair: “Art is not a totem of impunity”, defends a new forum signed by more than 150 artists


A week after the publication of an article in Le Figaro in support of actor Gérard Depardieu, indicted for rape and sexual assault, more than 150 personalities, particularly from the world of culture, react in a new article published in Libération Monday 1 January 1st .

“In the name of art, certain voices are raised to defend Gérard Depardieu, insinuating that his talent should shield him from any criticism, and even excuse him for his intolerable behavior. All of this will not be in our name,” they write, believing that “art is not a totem of impunity.”

“We are not attacking the art that is dear to us: on the contrary, we want to protect it, by firmly refusing that it be used as a pretext for abuse of power, harassment or sexual violence,” continue the signatories. The text was, among others, signed by the director Monia Chokri, the playwright Rébecca Chaillon, the comedians Anne Roumanoff and Waly Dia, the actresses Murielle Robin and Alexandra Lamy as well as the activist against police violence Assa Traoré and the dancer Keiona.

Support for victims

The forum also underlines the importance of supporting victims of sexual gender-based violence. “ Art must never lead us to look away from the suffering of victims, whether famous or anonymous, and talent does not justify the transgression of limits and the attack on the integrity of others.”

The signatories add that it is ” imperative to recognize the courage of survivors who brave stigma and doubts to denounce abuse, even within a society in which they have nothing to gain, and sometimes even everything to gain.” lose. Their voices deserve to be heard, believed, and supported.”

Finally, in response to Emmanuel Macron’s words, the signatories end ” the France which makes us proud is not fighting for the right to annoy, it is on the side of the alleged victims”.

Several columns published

At the beginning of December, the investigative program broadcast images where the actor made numerous misogynistic and insulting remarks aimed at women. After the broadcast of the latter, Emmanuel Macron denounced on December 20 a “manhunt” against the actor, believing that he made “France proud” .

On Christmas Eve, sixty actors expressed their support for Gérard Depardieu in the column published in Le Figaro. In this text, signed in particular by Carole Bouquet, Nadine Trintignant and Gérard Darmon, they believe that “when we attack Depardieu, it would be art that we are attacking! » .

Several of the signatories have finally dissociated themselves since the publication, because an almost unknown actor, Yannis Ezziadi, but close to the identity and reactionary spheres, was at the initiative.

Many other artists have signed a “counter platform” to “demonstrate [their] disagreement with this idea” . The text, carried by the Cerveaux non-availables collective, collected some 8,000 signatures in 48 hours.

Another critical petition, entitled “Address to the old world” , was published on Sunday on the Médiapart website with some 70 signatures from cinema personalities including Laure Calamy and Anouk Grinberg.

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