It is a short text of 25 lines, provocative, published at dawn, which literally set fire to social networks, in the wake of the new restrictions announced by the government in the fight against Covid-19.
Its author: the actor Nicolas Bedos.
The point: “Live to the fullest, get sick, go to a restaurant […] We must live, even if it means dying”.
A call to rebellion, the author of which immediately anticipates that he "will be covered with insults".
Quite lucidly, in retrospect.
- Nicolas Bedos (@ nicolasbedos1) September 24, 2020
Several hours after this Instagram post, Nicolas Bedos was indeed the most discussed subject on Twitter Thursday at midday.
And the least we can say is that the actor has cut the Canvas in two.
Praise ... and insults
Some Internet users are excited.
His remarks on the elderly who "need our tenderness more than our precautions" particularly hit the mark.
The comedian's fed-up clearly echoes the weariness of a large number of anonymous people.
Nicolas Bedos is right.
Seeing police officers patrolling the streets to see if people are wearing their masks or not is a terrifying thing that no one should accept.
- Mathieu Slama (@MathieuSlama) September 24, 2020
But, as he had anticipated, this call to contradict “cowardly government directives” and to live to “die” did not please everyone.
Relatives of victims and members of the medical profession many denounce a text "selfish" and "irresponsible", some mock a "nice idealistic text" but "disconnected from realities", while others do not hesitate to qualify the director as " revolutionary living room ”, among other names of birds.
Mr @ nicolasbedos1, would you suddenly be available to come and give us a little helping hand to fill the ICU duty lists because in the next few days we will be forced to double our staff at night.
Me too I wish to "live to the fullest" .. https://t.co/multn4EFVt
- Gaudry (@ StephaneG05) September 24, 2020
It will be noted that the person himself is not outdone, since he has been responding since the beginning of the morning to these opponents by qualifying them on Twitter as "imbecile", "idiot", or "big shit" ".
To those especially who wish him to "lose a loved one", the actor replies that he has lost three, including his father, in recent weeks.
The entrepreneur Marc Simoncini, who pointed out to him that he himself had lost three relatives in this epidemic, paid the price in particular, with a threat to the key: "Learn to read and that I do not meet you" .
- Marc Simoncini (@marcsimoncini) September 24, 2020
Silent artists, the support of Élie Semoun
In short, in a permanent debate - and sometimes extremely violent on social networks - between those who find that the government is doing too much and howling at liberticidal measures, and those who find that the sacrifices made are justified, even insufficient, Nicolas Bedos has chosen his camp and went down into the arena.
In fact, on the one hand, we have Nicolas Bedos and co, who encourage disobedience and not wearing a mask, ready to risk their health and that of others.
And on the other hand we have the paranos who are screened every 3 days, hardly ever go out and freak out at 37.1 temperature
- Anne Stramgram (@StramgramAnne) September 24, 2020
And it is clear that before him, very few “celebrities” have risked putting their finger in this gear.
Last March, frustrated by the restrictions in concert halls, singer Matt Pokora tweeted this question with conspiratorial overtones - "Are we hiding something or what?"
»- before deleting his post and justifying it by his disappointment.
Two months later, Juliette Binoche had made a big splash by relaying conspiratorial delusions involving Bill Gates, 5G and Big Pharma.
Is it the place of artists to vote on health measures, however restrictive they may be?
The Minister of Health Olivier Véran, heard in the Senate, in any case showed his annoyance: "Live even if it means dying, it's a cookie-cutter sentence that can be launched on a blog, on an account Instagram.
We can have a platform effect or it can be a personal outlet.
I will be able to understand this type of reflection, if it had consequences on his health alone. "
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Contacted on his motivations, Nicolas Bedos has so far not responded to our requests.
But the debate divides, obviously.
At midday, Élie Semoun had in any case “liked” his friend's post, and in turn published a text to explain how the confinement had “killed” his father.
- elie semoun (@SemounElie) September 24, 2020