Blanche Gardin mocks those who accuse her of being “anti-Semitic”

Blanche Gardin mocks those who accuse her of being “anti-Semitic”
Blanche Gardin mocks those who accuse her of being “anti-Semitic”

Monday 1is July, the comedian participated in the evening “Voices for Gaza” with Aymeric Lompret and thirty artists including Angèle and Zaho de Sagazan. She compared her colleague, a columnist on France Inter, to a “herpes”.

“Good evening, my name is Blanche and since October 7, I have been anti-Semitic.” Blanche Gardin had prepared a number in the style of an alcoholics’ meeting for her appearance on the stage of La Cigale on Monday, on the occasion of the Voices for Gaza evening. Opposite her, Aymeric Lompret, a columnist for France Inter who resigned after Guillaume Meurice was fired, answered her, with a lot of sneering: “Don’t worry Blanche, here you are in a “safe place”, no one will judge you because we are all anti-Semitic.”

The framework is set for an exchange, as happens in discussion groups, but in a grating tone. While Blanche Gardin confides her discomfort since she discovered herself “anti-Semitic”, Lompret points to an empty chair between the two of them: “You see Blanche, this chair was Jordan’s. He is no longer here, he is cured because he is no longer anti-Semitic.” The exchange of a few minutes continues. Gardin tells how she realized what was happening to her – when on social networks, she reads the messages from “Hanouna 13” in response “to a call to demonstrate for a ceasefire.” “It was when I started seeing all the comments saying I was anti-Semitic, that I would do better to go and tell about my sodomies on stage, my death threats (…). At first it was shocking but then I realized that it was for my own good if people said that.”she adds with her usual irony.

“I would have to be Islamophobic, like Sophia Aram.”

Blanche Gardin, in her sketch during the Voices for Gaza evening

“What would make you feel better, Blanche, is if you got back on stage,” advises Lompret. “It would be too much pressure for me, I would have to go get a Molière and I can’t, I would have to be Islamophobic, like Sophia Aram. But I can’t be Islamophobic, because I’m anti-Semitic. One excludes the other in fact. If you’re Islamophobic, it protects you against anti-Semitism, it’s like herpes. If you have it in your mouth, you can’t have it in your ass,” she says.

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On May 6, comedian Sophia Aram spoke at the 35e Molières Night on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: “I think we should also be careful about our silences. In the hubbub of our facile indignation, the silence, even relative, after October 7, in which 1,200 Israelis were massacred, is deafening. How can we show solidarity with the thousands of civilians who died in Gaza without also showing solidarity with the Israeli victims? How can we demand a ceasefire from Israel without demanding the release of Israeli hostages? How can we demand Netanyahu’s departure without demanding that of Hamas?” A speech criticized by certain elected representatives of LFI, including Aymeric Caron who denounced “a hostage-taking of the scene».

Blanche Gardin’s number was part of an evening organized on Monday by the collective “Culture for a ceasefire”. The funds raised were donated to the English NGO Medical Aid for Palestine. Between concerts by Pomme, Angèle, Fianso and testimonies from civilians and humanitarians in Gaza.

This release sparked many reactions, including that of Élie Semoun.
And he lets Blanche Gardin know this on social media, reflecting the deleterious atmosphere that does not spare comedians. “We know each other well enough for me to write to you publicly that you should be ashamed of spitting on a work colleague and especially with such disrespectful and unfounded arguments. Long live Sophia Aram.”.

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