During an interview with Figaro Magazine this Friday, June 25, the actor and now singer Didier Bourdon gave his impressions on the current climate in France, in particular on questions of anti-racism.
In each generation, his icon. But Didier Bourdon hopes that that of his children will not be Assa Traore. In the Figaro Magazine of this Friday, June 25, the ex-Unknown turned singer is attacking the way in which the current generation seizes anti-racism, by attacking the one who has become the french symbol of the fight against police violence and anti-racism, Assa Traoré.
Father of two mixed race girls, which he had with his wife Marie-Sandra Badini Duran, he clearly rejects the figure of the one who is entry into public life against his will, after the death of his brother Adama, in July 2016. “My children are métis. However, I see Assa Traoré on the cover of some newspapers, and I especially do not want may she be an example for them, although there is little chance that it will happen.“Asked how he sees the world today, with his keen eye that had captured the life of the 80s and 90s so well, he dodges,”It is complicated“.
But it is not only Assa Traoré that Didier Bourdon has in his sights: he also criticizes the attitude of French football team players, and their willingness to kneel down to make the fight against racism. “French footballers of the Euro have considered kneel at the end of the match to fight racism, what i found idiot, because there is nothing more beautiful than to see the players kissing at the end of the match between Black and White. It’s a lot stronger than to kneel.”
“With the Unknowns, we had our quota of blacks”
However, what he remembers from the time is the clothes. “Going back to the present day, what strikes me, it’s hate. A reviewer had said of the Strangers that we were ‘ferocious’, and that suits me very well. Fierce doesn’t mean nasty. (…) What strikes me is the surge of hatred, amplified by social networks. When I was young, they were the ‘cool babes’. We could not care less, but the message was ‘peace and love’. It was better that hatred and denouncement of the anonymous hidden behind their screens.“
And the former comedian to refrain from receiving lessons from others, on good thinking or anti-racism: “To go back to current anti-racism, you shouldn’t tell me too much about it, because with the Strangers, we had our quota of blacks, it seems to me ! “A good ear …
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