“With the “de-demonization” of the RN, the complete classical rhetoric of the cultural subject is shaken” | EUROtoday

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Pto talk or to be silent? Publicly show your opposition to the National Rally (RN) or maintain a low profile? Since the victory of the far-right celebration led by Jordan Bardella within the European elections on June 9 and the dissolution of the National Assembly instantly introduced by Emmanuel Macron, the world of tradition has been swinging between these two injunctions. Returned each to its accountability within the present political scenario and to its angle in the direction of the potential arrival of the RN to energy on July 7.

In a column printed in Release on June 12, Ariane Mnouchkine, the director of the Théâtre du Soleil, summed up the scenario completely: “Today, I am not sure that collective speaking out by artists is useful or productive. Some of our fellow citizens are fed up with us: fed up with our helplessness, our fears, our narcissism, our sectarianism, our denials. I'm there. A very dark, uncertain and moving reflection. »

The words are strong, the self-criticism sincere and courageous from the pen of this great committed figure of French theater whose anger is addressed here, something rare, primarily to herself and to her cultural peers rather than to to the RN electorate.

Talk but to say what, while, since April 21, 2002 and the accession of Jean-Marie Le Pen to the second round of the presidential election – we could even go back to the mid-1980s – the multiplication of takes of artists' words, of columns published in the press, of petitions, has never prevented, vote after vote, the extreme right from progressing?

“Explain to people”

Speaking from the peak of 1's standing as an artist however with the chance, typically verified, of seeing oneself returned to a place of the well-off disconnected from the “real” issues of individuals's each day lives and of fueling the rejection of an elite perceived as a lesson-teacher and above all involved with defending her personal territory? With the “demonization” of the RN, all of the traditional rhetoric of the cultural subject, deployed for many years to attempt to denounce and counter its rise in energy, is shaken.

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Since June 9, public talking engagements have turn out to be uncommon. They come from personalities, unions or corporations (Radio Nova for instance), greater than giant collectives of artists who’re rather more mobilized on social points such because the struggle in opposition to sexist and sexual violence in tradition. On Instagram, actress Marion Cotillard seems with a badge “Youth is pissing off the Nazional front”a reference to an previous Bérurier Noir track introduced updated in the course of the demonstrations.

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