October 18, 2018

French Magazine Draws Outrage for Putting Convicted Killer on Its Cover

The letter went on to say that the magazine had covered Mr. Cantat’s music since the 1980s, when Mr. Cantat was the lead singer of the popular rock band Noir Désir, and it noted that the October issue questioned whether a musician convicted of killing should be pursuing a public life.

“The question that our article about Bertrand Cantat raised was: Why and how to make music when a woman was killed?” it said.

When the singer first announced he was restarting his music career, many critics questioned the decision, and whether fans should boycott him.

The Elle editorial applauded the bravery of women who speak out against violence against women, citing those who accused the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, among others.

The Inrockuptibles controversy came close on the heels of the Weinstein allegations, which resulted in President Emmanuel Macron announcing that Mr. Weinstein would be stripped of the Légion d’Honneur.

That conversation has also extended online. Inspired by the social media movement of sharing experiences of sexual harassment or assault with the hashtag #MeToo, tens of thousands of Twitter posts over the past few days used the French hashtag #balancetonporc, or “expose your pig.”

Marlène Schiappa, the French junior minister for gender equality, said on Monday that the government was considering fining those who catcall women.


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Mr. Cantat is set to release his new album, “Amor Fati,” on Dec. 1. A single, “Angleterre” (“England”), was released this month.

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Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/18/arts/les-inrockuptibles-bertrand-cantat.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

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