Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Rimbaud?

Frédéric Mitterrand compares Orelsan to Rimbaud and thinks the Francofolies polemic is ridiculous. You decide:

6 comments:

Unknown said...

The violence of the language, the passing reference to Bertrand Cantat (i.e. Tostaky) and, through most of his other songs, the reduction of women as objects make Orelsan's "art" as Rimbaudesque as mainstream US rap music. The French rap scene has its poets; the content of their songs is mostly political and rarely blatantly sexist, vulgar and advocating violence (the opposite rather).
Orelsan has become the object of a political feud now though: Mitterand would probably not have gotten involved had Royal not spoken up against Orelsan in the first place, don't you think?

Unknown said...

Well, yes, it's political, but Valérie Létard, who is in the government (sec of state for solidarity) also attacked Orelsan, so it looks more like a gender divide than a left/right spat. If so, count me on the side of the women.

Unknown said...

You are probably correct, I was not aware of Letard's comment. Mitterand has always been more attracted by the limelight than by positioning himself along a gendered binary. Being sexist by proxy may have seemed acceptable provided he made the news.

Unknown said...

Well. Let's be straight : this song is vulgar, sexist and obnoxious.

MYOS said...

Add to this fact that the Festival doesn't sell concert tickets but day passes. On the day Orelsan would have sung were two singers adored by 8-13 year olds. Hence the logic of the "deprogrammation".

As for Rimbaud, errr???? Is Mitterrand really as cultured as he is made out to be?

Unknown said...

My guess is that he's never listened to Orelsan and simply assumes that anyone of that ilk isn't worth getting into a lather about. So he tosses it off with a reference to his "own" world: Rimbaud, don't you know, was also controversial in his day. He simply has no idea ... or, if he does ...