On the morning of the LCI this Thursday, August 3, the European Parliament Deputy for Environment and the Greens (EELV) Sandrine Rousseau defended the presence of the sulphurous rapper Medina at the Environmental Summer Days in Le Havre.
POLICY – “It is by understanding his path that we will effectively fight the extreme right.” On the morning of the LCI this Thursday, August 3, the European Parliament Deputy for Environment and the Greens (EELV) Sandrine Rousseau defended the presence of rapper Medina at the Environmental Summer Days in Le Havre.
“ Today he denounces the extreme right and its influence. He also developed in LGBT issues, even defended their rights. I would like us to discuss with him to find out (…) and what elements allowed him to change his thinking”, clarified the deputy of the 9th constituency of Paris, in sequence below.
The rapper was indeed invited to the exchange on August 24 during a debate with the head of EELV Marine Tondelier on the topic “Power of Culture vs. Culture of Power”. The organizer of this summer university, Lea Balague El-Mariki, explained that she had the idea to invite him after the artist held “counter-demonstration” when Marine Le Pen arrived in Le Havre, her hometown, on May 1st.
The wrath of the right and the extreme right
“In his lyrics, he sometimes says something green, something not green, justified Lea Balague El-Mariki even more. But after Nahel’s death, he spoke a lot about racism in the police, we have this in common, even if we really do it differently.
But the reasons behind this invitation did not at all convince some members of the opposition, including the National Rally, who denounced the rhetoric “Islamist” rapper, especially in his titles Not Like Or Jihad.
The artist is also at the center of many disputes with the right and far right: recently in the Medina, during a concert in Agen on April 8, a piñata depicting two selected women from RN was destroyed, or even a video of him throwing darts was published. in photos of selected RNs and LRs.
On Twitter, RN National Assembly Vice President Hélène Laporte specifically criticized EELV for“Invite rapper Medina, close to the Muslim Brotherhood and known for his anti-Semitic and homophobic lyrics.”
“The left always, with a touch of condescension, puts on a pedestal with the totem of immunity from the working area the emblem of diversity, justify or even legitimize everything”protests for their part Marika Bret, press secretary of the Republican Spring, in columns Figaro.
The Renaissance MP for the 3rd arrondissement of Paris, Caroline Yadan, wrote on her Twitter account: “When Marine Tondelier proudly displays an invitation from Medina (…), she demonstrates either criminal ignorance or adherence to theses that promote hatred of the Republic, anti-Semitism, homophobia and Islamist separatism. »
“These leftists who invite Medina, the anti-secular and homophobic rapper, I go on and on from the worst, and who, in response to our reaction, qualify us as secularists, Maurras’s anti-Dreyfusard term, will never return to power. .– said Francois Cormier-Boulijon, a representative of “Renaissance” from Cher.
“We have a lot of common quarrels”
Some representatives of the LGBT community were also offended by this invitation, and some of the rapper’s texts are permeated “homophobic remarks”. Among other things, they condemn “homophobe at environmentalists’ summer days”. Activist Mehdi Aifa challenged Marine Tondelier on Twitter: “What do you think about anti-Semitism? What do you think about homophobia? »
EELV was quickly dismissed by critics. “Since the announcement, the fahosphere has been in a state of turmoil. It’s time to clear up misunderstandings “, said Lea Balague El Mariqui on twitter before arguing topic below : “Listen to the texts of Medina. For example, they echo our fight for equality, dignity, and the acceptance of exiles.”
“We have a lot of common quarrels”backed Marine Tondelier before wrapping up on Twitter: Medina “sings in concerts organized by the Normandy region Hervé Morina, performs at Sciences Po Paris, is a sponsor of the Cap ESSEC program for equal opportunities… but could not take part in the EELV Summer Days? »
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