Din the thirty days since Rachida Dati came to light, this Sarkozy figure has been the subject of multiple discussions, to cajole her or cut her into pieces. The angles are rich – his stature as a traitor to the right, his duel with Anne Hidalgo, his links with Azerbaijan, the concept of “culture for all”. She has just added two shocking formulas: wokism is censorship; public broadcasting must reflect the diversity of opinions of the French. For less than that, the cultural world would be on fire. Non. For what ?
The media Rachida Dati spoke to are as instructive as her words: The Sunday Journal February 4Then CNews and Europe 1 the 6th. Or the reactionary pole of Vincent Bolloré. This is not trivial when we know that her predecessor, Rima Abdul Malak, denounced media that undermined freedom of expression – which in return made her a target, to the point that we can wonder if the Breton boss obtained his skin from the Elysée.
And then the minister’s interlocutors, the journalists Geoffroy Lejeune and Sonia Mabrouk, are very right-wing standards. Their questions to the minister were more than an incitement to attack subsidized cultural circles, accused of being very left-wing, when the money comes from all citizens, and of undermining Western civilization. What Sonia Mabrouk summarized as follows: “Cultural institutions are sometimes infiltrated by woke ideology. Works like Swan Lake were threatened. Subsidies were given for this purpose. Are you going to frankly oppose it? »
The boss of the Paris Opera, Alexander Neef, declared at the end of 2020 in The worldthat Nureyev’s ballets were going “probably disappear from the repertoire”, but he immediately backpedaled, such a blunder was so serious. It is true, on the other hand, that cultural subsidies target projects promoting parity and diversity. The minister, as if she wanted to please her interlocutor, replied that she had brought together the directors general of the Ministry of Culture so that they could support “freedom of creation against these new censors”.
As she did not give an example, and to see things more clearly, we contacted senior executives from her ministry and from prestigious places of creation. None remember their minister giving an “anti-woke” speech or taking a position on censorship. What marks them all, however, is his obsession: how can we ensure that young people from modest backgrounds feel legitimate and follow a particular cultural training, access a particular profession, go see a particular exhibition? “She gives a real left-wing speech like I’ve never heard”, declares with a laugh an old veteran who has seen quite a few ministers pass by. Another adds: “It puts pressure on us regarding the diversity of creative professions and the public. Not about wokism. »
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