They didn't change the Kouachi brothers... always there to piss off the concerts." It is by a hazardous reference to the attacks of 2015 - we owe to the Kouachi brothers the carnage of Charlie Hebdo, not that of the Bataclan - that the rapper Medina reacted to the mobilization of two Rouen students who want to ban one of his concerts, in a tweet published Thursday, June 1.
The artist from Le Havre is scheduled to perform on June 17 as part of free concerts organized by the Normandy region for the Rouen Armada, a large gathering of sailboats held every four to six years.
But the two students, Édouard Varin, head of the Young Republicans of the Eure, and Grégoire Houdan, former executive of the Young Republicans, asked for the deprogramming of Medina in a forum on the site of Causeur. They accuse him of the lyrics of his songs ("Crucifions les laïcards comme à Golgotha"), believe that he "minimizes Islamist attacks" and opposes French secularism, and accuse him of "calls for violence against elected officials of the Republic".
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The rapper responded by comparing them to the two terrorists who attacked the editorial staff of Charlie Hebdo on January 7, 2015 (12 dead). In a second tweet, he again denounced this call for the cancellation of his June 17 performance, calling them "new Taliban".
Concerts already targeted in 2018
At the end of 2018, Medina had already been the target of elected officials - from RN president Marine Le Pen to PS first secretary Olivier Faure - for concerts planned at the Bataclan. After weeks of controversy, the Le Havre rapper had finally canceled his dates and rescheduled them at the Zenith in Paris.
At the time, he recalled that he condemned the "abject attacks" of November 13 and "all terrorist attacks", accusing elected officials of "seeking to instrumentalize the pain of victims and their families". The rapper defended an "outrageous, satirical spirit in the name of freedom of expression to be able to blaspheme a value when it is misguided".