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According to this petition, naming a station “Gainsbourg” means accepting sexism and incest

According to this petition, naming a station “Gainsbourg” means accepting sexism and incest
According to this petition, naming a station “Gainsbourg” means accepting sexism and incest

In Paris, a new metro station will be named after Serge Gainsbourg, a man whose work and private life are marked by misogynistic and allegedly incestuous violence. Published on Change.org, a petition warns the RATP of the intolerable dimension of this tribute.

A few months after the opening of the Maison Gainsbourg, feminist activists must once again teach us to remind us how much this man would be problematic. This time, it is not within the walls of a museum that bears his image, but of a subway station that Serge Gainsbourg will be glorified. Unless this petition is finally heard.

Violence known to all

At first glance, you might think this is just a simple song reference. Author and performer of the song “Le poinçonneur des Lilas”, Serge Gainsbourg was chosen to give his name to the new line 11 metro station located in Les Lilas.

However, on November 26, a petition was created to denounce the decision to name this station “of a violent man, notorious misogynist and champion of incest”. Launched by Marie G., the petition proposes an educational work worth remembering “paedocriminal or even incestuous tendencies” by Serge Gainsbourg, from which the singer did not hide, in his music or in public space.

Serge Gainsbourg // Source: Wikipedia commons

“A spit in the face of the victims”

The petition cites fashion designer Cécile Cée, who depicted Serge Gainsbourg’s problems in images during the inauguration of his museum last September. Based on the designer’s work, the petition author recalls that of Gainsbourg “It helps create a climate that presents incest as a loving, sensual and desirable relationship. »

What message does this decision to put your name in public space send? That it is acceptable, even encouraged, to be violent towards women and children if you do it in the name of art and you are a man.

Exposing your name in a subway station is equivalent to trivializing this violence. “This decision to pay tribute to Gainsbourg is a spit in the face of the victims”

The petition has currently exceeded 4,000 signatories.


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