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Omar Sy, here in December 2022, is starring in the film “Tirailleurs” about Senegalese riflemen.
CULTURE – This is the story of a little phrase completely taken out of context that stirred a certain part of the political class. Two days after the start of the “controversy” around his interview at ParisianOmar Sy wanted to dot the “i” in an interview on RTL this Tuesday, January 3.
“We are trying to divert the subject. It’s a bit of a merry-go-round that’s been in place for a few years around me.”rebuked the French actor, implicated for having said in the Parisian : “I am surprised that people are so affected [par la guerre en Ukraine]. Does that mean that when it’s in Africa you are less affected? »
🔴🎙️ @OmarSy responds to criticism of his comments to @le_Parisien: “We’re trying to put a cloud of smoke around… https://t.co/R96O7Tl4qx
—RTL France (@RTLFrance)
This sentence made several politicians jump, starting with MEP Nathalie Loiseau. “There are 58 French soldiers who died in the Sahel fighting against the jihadists. No, Omar Sy, the French are not ”less affected” by what is happening ”in Africa”. Some gave their lives so that Malians would stop being threatened by terrorists”tackled the former minister on Twitter.
After her, the deputy RN Julien Odoul or even Charles Consigny, a lawyer engaged with Valérie Pécresse during the presidential campaign also denounced these remarks “disturbing” and “ingrate”.
Omar Sy says he is the target of attacks
Faced with the magnitude of the controversy, the Parisian published a second article on Monday telling the backstage of this interview organized on the occasion of the promotion of the next film by and with Omar Sy, Skirmishers. Lhis feature film focuses on the Senegalese skirmishers who fought for France during the First World War.
The “phrase that set fire to the powder does not designate, as those who have fueled this controversy for twenty-four hours suggest, France or the French”, then assures the journalist of the Parisian. “It’s a conversation, and those ‘you’ are those who feel less concerned when children are being bombarded on the other side of the world, wherever they are. He says it without any virulence”he continues.
Guest of the Daily program on TMC this Tuesday, Omar Sy defends himself, tired: ” I am used to (…). The problem is who I am and what I am becoming every time I go out. (…) It is not what I say that we are attacking. It’s me. »
“It’s not really what I say that’s the problem, but what I am (…) I refuse to justify myself because I don’t… https://t.co/AV7RjernAD
— Daily (@Qofficiel)
“It’s become a bit systematic every time I come out of my hiding place to promote a film, we try to put a cloud of smoke around the promotion of my film”, he also insisted on RTL. “It’s a film that talks about the war, but which doesn’t talk at all about the war in Ukraine, it talks about the First World War, we talk about the Senegalese skirmishers. (…) As we say at home, let’s piss »he concludes.
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