The Curious Case of Dieudonné

The Curious Case of Dieudonné

Corey WilsonWednesday,14 January 2015

It’s been an emotional week as the west finds itself the victim of yet another terrorist attack. And for news organizations around the globe that don’t have a dick-joke quota, it was as busy as it was emotional. Here at The Snap Download, however, it was a slow week. At least until French comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala capitalized on his opportunity to do what he does best: piss a lot of people off.

Just a few days after the shooting at the Charlie Hebdo headquarters, Dieudonné posted this comment:

“After this historic, no legendary, march, a magic moment equal to the Big Bang which created the Universe, or in a smaller (more local) way comparable to the crowning of the (ancient Gaullish king) Vercingétorix, I am going home. Let me say that this evening, as far as I am concerned, I feel I am Charlie Coulibaly.”

You may think that it’s in bad taste as he’s combined the mantra of Charlie Hebdo supporters (Je suis Charlie), with the last name of Amedy Coulibaly, a radical who murdered four people in a supermarket. And that’s what I thought when I first read it. But I did a little research into who Dieudonné is, and what I found changed the face of this entire article. Originally, I had intended on writing a thought-provoking, well-researched, piece of journalistic magic that would—better than any before it—question France’s strange behaviour regarding free speech. However, after reading a few articles, desperately trying to find a tiny dick of context (that’s one), it became obvious that there was something more important to say. That being:

Fuck the Independent, fuck News24Now, and fuck those who followed suit.

Why? Because I haven’t been dick-fed (that’s two) such disingenuous crap since the last time I watched the No Spin Zone. Their click-bait headlines read: “Dieudonné praises terrorist killer.” Really? I think I missed the part about the praising.

All it took was fifteen seconds of Google searching to find some fucking context for what he said. And that context comes right from the damn horse’s mouth. Here’s what Dieudonné had to say about his remarks.

“Whenever I express myself some people will not even try to understand me, they will not listen. They try to find some kind of pretext to suppress me. I am looked upon as if I were Amedy Coulibaly, when I am no different from Charlie.”

And from what I’ve found, it’s one-hundred percent true. Dieudonné is to many French parliamentarians what Eminem is to Bill O’Reilly: a discoloured bead in their Zen garden of humour where it’s okay to make jokes only if it’s tasteful, and no one in the whole world (especially them) gets offended.

So because Dieudonné is that kid in class everyone makes fun of, some news outlets realized that they could get away with churning out a shitty headline that would play off of the emotional distress many are feeling—without any backlash. And while I understand their logic, it doesn’t mean they’re not a giant dick. (Quota filled.)

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CTV, The Atlantic, Telegraph, Independent, News24Now, Image Credit: Réseau Voltaire via Wikimedia Commons

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