Friday, March 15, 2013

Lèse-Majesté contre le Pingouin en chef

Rumor has it that Carla Bruni's new song, ostensibly about a penguin, is in fact about her husband's successor at the Elysée. If so, Mme Bruni has an inspired eye: there is a remarkable resemblance between President Hollande and a penguin: the gait, the bodily habitus, the rounded form, the stiffness of demeanor, the rather awkward sadness. Ms. Bruni's lyrics go beyond affectionate metaphor, however. She seems to dislike the man: "Il prend son petit air souverain, mais j'le connais moi, l'pingouin, n'a pas de manière de châtelain... Hé le pingouin! si un jour tu recroises mon chemin, je t'apprendrai, le pingouin, je t'apprendrai à me faire le baise main. ... "Ni laid ni beau, l'pingouin, ni haut ni bas, ni froid ni chaud, l'pingouin, ni oui ni non..."

Disobliging, to say the least. When critics took after Carla, the former president understandably took offense, but somehow it's hard to imagine him telling Carla to cool it lest she be accused of lèse-majesté.

3 comments:

Passerby said...

If I were Hollande I would find this a particularly ridiculing rumor.

Either he's indeed about to be daily caricatured on the airwaves by the former first lady.
Or he isn't, but somehow the entire country thinks that him being compared to a penguin is a completely credible affair.

Mitch Guthman said...

I suppose time and gravity make penguins of us all.

Just as Carla Bruni’s desire to hold onto the remarkable loveliness of her youth has turned her from a beautiful and desirable woman into one who is fast devolving into Jocelyn Wildenstein.

One more bad plastic surgery and it's instant karma time for Carla.

TexExile said...

Surely, to judge from the lyrics, she has a manchot in mind. A manchot is NOT a pingouin. The two species of pingouin, one of which is now extinct, are/were northern hemisphere birds. (If I am not mistaken, they are related to puffins.) So Carla may well be singing about Hollande, but I do not think she is singing about a penguin.