Several feminist figures have announced that they want to boycott the Ulule platform, on which Bertrand Cantat and his Detroit group raised more than 100,000 euros in half a day.
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Bertrand Cantat, sentenced to eight years in prison for the murder of his partner Marie Trintignant in 2003, managed to finance his new album in a few hours thanks to online donations on the Ulule platform.
The ex-singer of Noir Désir is working, with his group Detroit, on the release of an album for the end of 2024. To finance it, the trio formed by Bertrand Cantat, Pascal Humbert and Jérémie Garat, launched Wednesday a prize pool on the crowdfunding site Ulule. The goal was to raise 60,000 euros, and “twelve o’clock 110 000 euros” had been collected, almost double, greets Detroit on Facebook. This Friday morning, the prize pool amounts to more than 127,700 euros, through more than 2,000 donations, and continues to increase.
Faced with this enthusiasm, several feminist figures have announced that they are boycotting Ulule. Director Elvire Duvelle-Charles, behind the Instagram account “Clitrevolution”, posted this message: “We will no longer finance our projects on Ulule“. Message republished in particular by journalists Lauren Bastide and Elsa Wolinski. Elvire Duvelle-Charles also calls “all feminists“to turn away from Ulule. She specifies on Instagram that Bertrand Cantat is “free to self-produce his album, Ulule is free to accompany him and we are free to no longer go” on the site.
This controversy pushed Ulule to react on social networks. “Although this project is not illegal, we do not wish to associate Ulule with what Bertrand Cantat represents for victims of domestic violence.“, says the crowdfunding site in a press release published on Instagram.
The platform explains that it had not done “the link between the music group Detroit and Bertrand Cantat“, the name of the singer”not mentioned in the title and subtitle of the project“. She also specifies that this project “created enormous unease within [son] team“Ulule has therefore decided”from January 7 to give no visibility to this project“through her social networks. She also hears”repay the entirety of [sa] commission on this project to an association helping women victims of domestic violence“.
Ulule also presents its “apologies to all the people who are shocked and don’t understand that Ulule can host this fundraiser“. The platform justifies itself by reminding that it can only stop a prize pool in progress.”if its object or contents are illegal, or contravene Ulule’s conditions of use, which is not the case with Ulule“.