Florent Peyre causes a Eurovision controversy
PARIS, FRANCE – Last Saturday, the first channel TF1 broadcast a parody show. One of the acts of the programme made a big controversy…
In his music video, rising comedian Florent Peyre, performs Kenji Girac’s 2014 smash hit “Color Gitano”. He transformed the song into “Travelo” (French slang for transvestite). His video clip itself is a parody of “Rise Like A Phoenix” and the singer is (successfully) dressed up as Conchita.
The lyrics of “Travelo” are called amusing by many, but some members of the LGBT community consider them insulting, not to say transphobic. The social networks were quickly filled with harsh criticism, and Florent had to apology, underlining the funny and innocent aspect of the parody, far from any homophobic consideration.
He declared:” If this parody has shocked some of you, I’m sorry about that. But let’s keep in mind that this is funny act, to entertain and have fun, not to rise anger or hate”.
As the comedian has said, many have underlines some lyrics of the song like:
C’est une façon de voir la vie, avec des seins et un zizi
(it is a way of seeing life, with breast and a willy)
Métier Camioneur mais je ressemble à ta sœur, un homme pour de faux
(I ‘m a truck driver but I look like your sister, a fake man)
But the final lyrics should have made it clear that the song was not insulting anyone:
C’est vos regards croisant le mien / C’que vous pensez je m’en fous bien”, “Je suis monsieur, je suis madame / Ce n’est pas un drame”.»
(You’re staring at me, but I really don’t care about what you think. I’m a Sir and I’m a Lady, nothing dramatic here).
Nevertheless, the video clip seem to have disappeared from French websites but a vast majority seems to understand Florent’s work. After all, parody is an art, and France knows far too well how precious liberty of speech is… But it’s up to everyone to watch and have an opinion.
I’m French, and I’m gay and I really can’t understand such a controversy. Parody is a French art, and we are used to it over here. Too bad humour isn’t universal. It sometimes seem like if being gay was more and more becoming a synonym of paranoia and lack of humour. Homophobia does exist for sure, but Florent Peyr’s work has jst fun. Let’s focus on real issues for once! I’m sure even Conchita would not call for war after watching this video…