POLITICS – The controversy launched by Frédérique Vidal on “Islamo-leftism” which “gangrene” the university will therefore have led to legal proceedings. This Tuesday, February 23, the rapper Medina announces in Mediapart that he has filed a complaint against the LREM deputy of Yvelines Aurore Bergé. In question, comments that the interested party made Thursday, February 18 on LCI, qualifying the artist of “Islamist rapper”.
While the deputy chairman of the LREM group in the Assembly supported the Minister of Higher Education, she cited as an example a conference given by the rapper at the École normale supérieure to illustrate “what is happening in French universities ”. So here is what she said: “For example, you have this Islamist rapper Medina, you know, the one who said that secularists had to be killed, is it legitimate that a school as prestigious as the ENS gives voice? to the one who calls for murder? ”.
The unsuccessful candidate for the presidency of the LREM group refers here to the title “Don’t laïk”, released in 2015, in which the artist raps: “Let’s crucify the laity like in Golgotha”. With Mediapart, Medina once again disputes any call for murder (which is prohibited anyway) and believes that the elected Macronist has gone too far. “This is too many times”, he regrets, before specifying the reasons which lead him to file a defamation complaint: “She sticks to me an ideology which is, of course, not mine”.
As for the example cited by Aurore Bergé, the rapper explains that the chosen one refuses to see the artistic dimension of the text. “This is a sentence that should not be taken out of context. If we do, it changes direction. The song is a succession of absurdities, oxymorons. This corresponds to a type of writing that makes matters worse. The aim is to exorcise secularism and restore it to its nobility ”, explains Le Havre, stressing that in the same title he praises the“ dear value ”of secularism.
And Medina quotes figures from French song to support his point: “If we had to take the sentences out of their context like that, Brassens’s songs would also have a whole new meaning. For example, when he makes a judge sodomize in “Gare au Gorille” at the end of his song. If we isolated just one of his sentences, it would mean something else. If we isolated Sardou’s phrase that says he “wants to break a bank / Crucify the cashier”, that would make the singer’s song and his career say something quite different. Renaud also said: “La Marseillaise, even in reggae / It always made me puke”.
Inviting Aurore Bergé to explore the content of the conference in which he participated at the ENS, the rapper assures that he has “nothing personal” against the elected LREM. However, he said he expected “a condemnation and a public apology”. “It’s my honor that is on the line,” he insists. As a reminder, Medina has often found itself in the media and political turmoil, culminating in its scheduled (and ultimately canceled) concert at the Bataclan in 2018.
The artist had notably drawn the wrath of the far right and the right, because of his album “Jihad: the greatest fight is against oneself”, released in 2005. A title which his detractors did not retain than the beginning, which is more in the light of the attacks committed under the quinquennium Holland. “I have always used provocation as a ‘positive trap’. The idea is to bring people by provocation, “assumed the rapper in 2015 at Inrocks. In 2017, he returned for a long time for Clique TV on the choice of this album title.
Note that not everyone at La République en Marche shares Aurore Bergé’s vision of Medina. Recently, France Télévisions made the documentary “Médine Normandie” on the rapper’s career. And among the speakers, appears on the screen the LREM deputy of Vienne Sacha Houlié, who has also contributed to the promotion of the film. Contacted by Le HuffPost, Aurore Bergé said she did not want to “comment on an ongoing legal case”.
See also on The HuffPost: Islamo-leftism: Frédérique Vidal has found rare support in the majority
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