Philippe Caverivière is known for his pungent and incisive chronicles.
But for two mornings, in his section “The eye of Philippe Caverivière” broadcast on Thursday January 5 and Friday January 6 on RTL, the man has been ironic about Damien Abad’s handicap situation.
Indeed, the 42-year-old man - at the heart of the news after being accused of sexual assault and rape - suffers from a rare congenital disease causing him physical deformities and joint stiffness.
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The French columnist focused his column on Thursday on the decision taken to exclude from the Cesar ceremony all those implicated in violence.
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“The 8327 plaintiffs are all liars”, he states before adding:
“Damien Abad in the astonishing
“Le stump, the skirt and the plaintiff” [...]”.
And at this spade, even Roselyne Bachelot seems to have some qualms about laughing.
The former Minister of Culture - who had not refrained from openly laughing at his other jokes - cannot help but wave her hands in the direction of the author, a sign that he is
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Obviously, the answer is negative for Philippe Caverivière.
The day after this salty column, he puts a layer back on it by advising listeners not to confuse their guest of the day, the lawyer Clarisse Serre, with the politician.
“The lioness of the bar, not to be confused with Damien Abad who is called the penguin who has the bar.
Penguin because with his pants which are often on his ankles, Damien often has the same jolting gait of these sympathetic black and white birds of the cold regions
“Unworthy, degrading and humiliating”
These “tackles” did not go unnoticed in the eyes of the principal concerned.
The latter has, in this sense, published a press release demanding a public apology from RTL.
"Qualifying my approach as a 'penguin' and making fun of my 'stumps' on a major national radio station constitutes a profound attack on my dignity as a disabled person"
, he proclaims.
"Yesterday and again today, at prime time, repeated and outrageous attacks on my disability were made against me on a major national radio station without any journalist or guest on the air reacting"
, wonders the former minister.
“To stigmatize a disability with such violence, by mocking a 'penguin' gait and ironically on 'stumps', is of a rare indignity and these handiphobic attacks are totally unacceptable. Beyond my personal case, such handiphobic remarks are an insult to all people with disabilities
“To stigmatize a disability with such violence, by mocking a 'penguin' gait and ironically on 'stumps', is of a rare indignity and these handiphobic attacks are totally unacceptable.
Beyond my personal case, such handiphobic remarks are an insult to all people with disabilities
, ”exults the minister through a press release posted on his Twitter account.
He adds: “
It is not tolerable to attack publicly and in such a humiliating and degrading way the physical signs of a serious handicap.
My fight for disability and against all forms of discrimination is total.
Also, I demand a public apology from this great national radio station.
If necessary, I reserve the right to take all possible actions.
Neither the radio channel nor the comedian have yet expressed themselves on this subject.