Monthly Archives: August 2011
The ad only had time to appear once in the United States before rage started to build. Published for the first time on the September edition of American magazine Esquire, it gave rise to a huge controversy in the space of a few hours. The ad features a groomed black man tossing a mask of his former self, shown sporting an afro and a beard, with the words “Re-civilise yourself” written across the image. It proved to be too offensive for some, who straight away accused Nivea of being racist, claiming that the ad suggests that a black person’s natural hair looks “uncivilised”.
Faced with a huge number complaints and accusations, particularly online, Nivea quickly reacted by removing the advertisement from all marketing activities and apologising to those who were offended. However, people in the African-American community have already begun to call for a boycott and some even say singer Rhianna needs to her contract with the brand.
Here we are again, after KFC a couple of months ago. Nivea is publicly attacked by the black community of America for its last advertisement.
To be honest, I am not really sure what to think of this ad. It is quite ambiguous but I do not think that it deserves to be removed from television. I do not see an afro, I see a man who he not properly groomed. An afro can be beautiful if it is properly cut and I do not think that Nivea wanted to say that having an afro is not beautiful but anyway… This is America!
Source from FashionMag
In the United States after the scandal generated by the photos of Thylane Blondeau, a French brand relaunched the debate on children’ sexualisation. The advertisements of Jours Après Lunes- a brand of underwear for kids – are shocking the Americans.
France is scandalising the United States. Just when the Thylane Blondeau case has calmed down the Americans found a new source of controversy. This is the brand Jours Après Lunes and its advertisements.
Jours Après Lunes is a “Loungerie” brand; it is coined from loungewear (underwear for babies) and lingerie. According to Sophie Morin – the designer of the brand – Jours Après Lunes is a family brand that offers comfortable underwear for little girls and teenagers. To publicize the brand and concept, Jours Après Lunes launched advertisements in which we can see little girls, having fun with their mum’s lingerie. No suggestive poses or looks enticing. No makeup. In short, nothing misleading.
But across the Atlantic, the brand does not agree. These girls – aged 4 to 12 years – are too similar to women and especially to Brigitte Bardot in And God Created Woman. For some American journalists, small models of Jours Après Lunes say. ‘When a girl is in her mother’s clothes, jewellery and heels, it’s cute. But these pictures are not cute. It’s inappropriate to try to make them look like Brigitte Bardot in God Created Woman, “said Marilisa Racco – fashion editor at the Daily News.
And you what do you think? The girls from Jours Après Lunes are too sexy?
Pictures from: http://www.jours-apres-lunes.com/
Gerard Depardieu has to apologise over the humiliating accident that saw him urinate in the aisle of a plane in front of passengers.
Depardieu asked close friend and actor Edouard Baer to apologise and speak on his behalf. This later stated “He wanted to go to the toilet but was forbidden because we were about to take off, so he was forced to do it on the plane in front of everybody (…) I found the solution by passing him a mini Evian water bottle but it overflowed”
Horrified passengers told how the 63-year-old French actor called out, “I need to piss” as the Cityjet flight was about to take off from Paris on Tuesday evening.
My Frenchies are so not happy of Mr Depardieu behaviour. And to be honest, I am not proud as well and I think this story is so ridiculous to tell, to hear and to understand.
Défendre un monsieur, quel qu’il soit, qui au vu et au su de tous ses voisins éprouve le besoin de se comporter comme un gamin de 2 ans ne présente aucun intérêt ! Il était gêné ? Grand dieu ! Mais ses voisins eux … ils n’étaient pas gênés eux ? Allons, il est plus que temps d’oublier ce monsieur et ses semblables.
Defend a man, whoever he is, who openly and publicly feels the need to behave as a 2-year-old kid present no interest! He was embarrassed? Grand Dieu! But what about his neighbours … not bothered? It is time to forget these men and his fellows.
Heureusement qu’il n’a pas eu une envie de déféquer comment aurait agit l’humour anglais de la compagnie d’aviation, si c’était un lambda, il aurait sûrement écopé un procès en bonne et due forme mais c’est ce gros porc de comédien libidineux, drogué ivrogne donc pas de procès, beurkkk.
Fortunately, he did not want to defecate how would have acts the British humour of this airline company, if it was a lambda, it would certainly have been taken to Court but it is this big pig of libidinous comedian that drug addict drunkard so no trial, yeurkkk.
Puisque la compagnie ne porte pas plainte et au contraire rit des obscénités de ce Monsieur devenu, comme un GRAND REALISATEUR A DIT DE LUI IL Y A QUELQUES MOIS “UNE BALEINE ECHOUEE”
Je note que lorsque je prendrai un vol sur cette compagnie, je n’hésiterai pas à faire la même chose
voire même déféquer…..C’est vrai que Mr DEPARDIEU se croit tout permis car on le dit grand acteur…..mais aujourd’hui ce genre de comportement HONTEUX…est bien, car il est protégé par notre MONARQUE…..
PAS DE PUBLICITE POUR LA COMPAGNIE….ET UNE HONTE POUR CE SOIT DISANT ACTEUR DEVENU A MES YEUX UN PORC (DANS TOUS LES SENS DU TERME)….ET JE CROIS QU’IL A EU LA LEGION D’HONNEUR
DONC UNE BELLE REPRESENTATION DE NOTRE FRANCE !!!!!!!!!!!!!
As the company does not go to Court and on the contrary laughs at his obscenities of this man that becomes, as a BIG DIRECTOR SAID OF HIM a FEW MONTHS AGO” A FAILED WHALE “
I note that when I shall take a flight from this company, I shall not hesitate to make the same thin even defecate….. It is true that Mr DEPARDIEU considers he can do all that he want as we say he’s a big actor but today this kind of SHAMEFUL behaviour is good, because he is protected by our MONARCH….. (Sarkozy)
NO ADVERTISING FOR THE COMPANY…. AND WHAT A SHAME FOR THIS “SAID” ACTOR TRANSFORMED PIG (IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD)…. AND I BELIEVE THAT HE HAD THE LEGION OF HONOUR
THUS, THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL REPRESENTATION OF OUR FRANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
LOVE YOU YANNICK!!!!
Yannick Noah remains the favourite personality of the French people, for the seventh consecutive time and for the ninth time all in all, according to the classification realised by IFOP revealed in the Journal du Dimanche (JDD) today.
The former tennis player seems unbeatable and beats the ex-leader of the French football team Zinedine Zidane (number 2). I have to say that a lot of mature women like his personality and find him very attractive. That helps a lot ! 😉
Métisse (translation: mixed race), one of Yannick’s famous song.
You have to know, that this classification began in France in 1988 and was dominated for a long time by Cousteau (20 times) and Abbé Pierre (16 times).
The actress Mimie Mathy preserves her third place followed by the only political figure in the top 10, Simone Veil in the 4th rank.
Simone Veil, (born 13 July 1927) is a French lawyer and politician who served as Minister of Health under Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, President of the European Parliament and member of the Constitutional Council of France.
A survivor from the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp where she lost part of her family, she is the Honorary President of the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah.
She was elected to the Académie française in November 2008.
5th is singer Francis Cabrel. He is a well-known French singer-songwriter and guitarist. Inspired heavily by Bob Dylan, he has released a number of albums falling mostly within the realm of folk, with occasional forays into blues or country. Several of his songs, such as “L’encre de tes yeux” and “Petite Marie” have become enduring favourites in French music. Others, such as “C’était l’hiver”, about the suicide of a young girl, have since been covered by other artists such as Canadian Isabelle Boulay.
6th Michel Sardou. He was born in Paris, the son of Fernand Sardou and Jackie Rollin (Jackie Sardou). Contrary to claims common towards the beginning of his career, he is not the grandson of the dramatist Victorien Sardou. However, he is the father of the French novelist Romain Sardou, and the actor Davy Sardou. He is known not only for his love songs (“La Maladie d’Amour”), but also for songs dealing with various social and political issues, such as the rights of women in Islamic countries, clerical celibacy, colonialism and the death penalty. Another sometimes controversial theme found in some of his songs (“Les Ricains” and “Monsieur le Président de France” for example) is his respect and support for the culture and foreign policies of the United States. He has focused his full attention on his homeland, ignoring the prospect of an international audience, although his 1981 single “Les Lacs du Connemara” did manage to become a big international hit.
7th Gad Elmaleh (but he is the 1st for 50,6 % of the 15-24-year-old). Gad Elmaleh (born April 19, 1971) is a French-Moroccan stand-up comedian and actor. His latest show is called Papa est en haut (Dad is upstairs). He has starred in several feature films, including Coco, Hors de prix, La Doublure and Midnight in Paris.
8th Charles Aznavour. Charles Aznavour, OC (born Shahnour Vaghenag Aznavourian Armenian: Շահնուր Վաղինակ Ազնավուրյան Shahnowr Vaghinak Aznavowrhan, May 22, 1924, Paris) is an Armenian-French singer, songwriter, actor, public activist and diplomat. Besides being one of France’s most popular and enduring singers, he is also one of the best-known singers in the world. Charles Aznavour (pronounced in French as Sharl Aznavour) is known for his very short stature and for his unique tenor voice: clear and ringing in its upper reaches, with gravelly and profound low notes. He has appeared in more than sixty movies, composed about a thousand songs (including 150 at least in English, 100 in Italian, 70 in Spanish, and 50 in German), and sold well over 100 million records.
9th Dany Boon. Dany Boon (French pronunciation: [dani bun]; born Daniel Hamidou on 26 June 1966) is a French comedian who has acted both on the stage and the screen. He takes his stage name from the television show Daniel Boone. He was then offered several roles in movies, notably in the film Bienvenu chez les Ch’tis that made it on the international scene in 2007.
10th Jean Dujardin. The handsome, attractive, personable Jean Dujardin. We love him, I am a fan, THE fan. 10th??? Do not really agree but anyway Dujardin first became famous on the French talent show Graines de star in 1996 as part of the comedy group Nous C Nous, formed by members of the Carré blanc theater. From 1999 to 2003 he starred in the French version of the comedy television series Un gars, une fille before transitioning into a film career. In 2005 he starred as the titular character in the popular comedy film Brice de Nice and performed the soundtrack of the film, “Le Casse de Brice”.
Dujardin with spouse Alexandra Lamy at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.
In 2006 Dujardin portrayed the character Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, agent OSS 117, in OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies in a role which earned him a César Award nomination for Best Actor, something of exceptional rarity for a performance in comedy. In 2007, directed by Jan Kounen, he scored in 99F (99 francs), an existential parody of an advertising mule. In 2009 he again played OSS 117 in the film OSS 117: Lost in Rio.
He received the award for best actor at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011.
11th Jamel Debouze. Jamel is a French actor, comedian and producer of Moroccan descent. Debbouze is the oldest of five brothers. He was born in Paris, France, but his family moved to Morocco the following year. They returned in 1979 and settled in Trappes, where Jamel spent the rest of his childhood.
On 17 January 1990, at the train station in Trappes, he was struck by a passing train travelling at 150 km/h. He lost the use of his right arm, while another young man, Jean-Paul Admette, died. After this accident Debbouze met Alain Degois, his mentor, and began his career as a comedian/actor.
On 29 March 2008 Jamel Debbouze became engaged to French journalist and news anchor Mélissa Theuriau; the two married on 7 May 2008.
12th Florence Foresti is a French comedian and actress. In 2001 her first one woman show, Manquerait plus qu’elle soit drôle (“She needs to be more than funny”) won the Jury prize at the Antibes festival. Her style bears comparison with that of Muriel Robin and Sylvie Joly, as well as with some of the ‘attitude’ and voices of Dieudonné M’bala M’bala and Élie Semoun. She appeared in the Stéphane Bern programme 20h 10 pétantes, and then on Laurent Ruquier’s On a tout essayé, playing zany characters.
I do really love her as well, she’s funny, intelligent and beautiful.
Big surprise for the ecologist Nicolas Hulot, he falls of the 18th on the 36th place.
Elections of 2012 oblige, the JDD bends over the politics: Martine Aubry is in 45th place, Christine Lagarde in 49th whereas Jacques Chirac holds the 39th (he gained 2 places).
Outside the Top 50, Nicolas Sarkozy is on the 51st place followed by François Hollande 52nd Jean-Louis Borloo 54th and Ségolène Royal 55th.
Finally the JDD indicates that Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is ranked 56th.
This poll has been realised by IFOP from June 30th till July 6th 2011 with a representative sample of 1008 persons of the French population of 15 year-old and more.
Thank you Wikipedia for some pictures and biography.
A series of suggestive photos featuring a 10-year-old model Thylane Loubry Blondeau have sparked controversy over the sexualisation of young girls. Thylane is the daughter of retired French footballer Patrick Blondeau and Veronika Loubry, a well-known French TV presenter.
For the photo spread, which appears in a recent issue of Vogue Paris, Blondeau styled in the haute couture graces the latest issue of French Vogue (yes, the grown-up Vogue) in very adult-like poses, full make-up, and high heels, setting off a whirlwind of angry protests and fashion praises along the way.
Veronika Loubry shut her daughter Facebook group to the public over the weekend after photos of Thylane Lena-Rose Blondeau – first published in the magazine’s December/January issue – were featured on the US television program Good Morning America on Thursday.
The mother commented in English on the Facebook group page: “hey guys I’m the mum of Thylane something going ‘s wrong at the moment and bad person in usa about pictures she make’s 8 months ago for vogue, Thylane doesn’t know about the buzz and I want to protect her from the deepest of my heart , she’s so young , so we are going to close this account for a while ,I know that all of you are good person who like her so I send you a big kiss, thanks.”
Crossing the line? Work of art? The debate over age and social control will continue as lines are crossed.
What do you think? What do the Frenchies think?
A little change! I was curious to know how American British and French react to this story and what a surprise! American are the most lenient on this matter. Here are the best rated comments and opinions of a variety of websites.
American comments from www. itsybitsysteps.com
1/WOW ! , i think there freaking gorgeous , how about just leave them alone ! The US and France are two WHOLE different places , and they let little french girls be models. DO me a favor and mind your on damn business and stop talking bout think . Cause you obviously have nothing else to talk about !
2/She is beautiful..the pictures are gorgeous…i dont see anything wrong…just amazed by her talent and poise….
3/I would love see my daughter who is almost seven be able to pursue her dreams, she wants to be a model. She has been watching Americas Next top Model for as long as I can remember. She even does crazy make-up (all by herself). I think provocative is in the eye of the beholder and if this bothers you maybe it is not a psychological issue that this child is a model at 10 but psychological disorders of the adults who perceive this to be wrong. Culture varies and in France this is acceptable. So just because we as American’s may not agree with this, does not make it wrong. She is a beautiful young girl and as long as she knows she is a little girl, there is nothing wrong. Those who perceive this as controversy might just be a little resentful it is not there child or them.
4/I agree with both sides of this. She is gorgeous and obviously knows how to strike a pose. Most of these pictures are not very provocative…I mean heck there are babies that pose “topless” but I do agree that maybe makeup and heels at this young of an age may be telling other little girls that it’s appropriate, which I don’t necessarily agree with.
5/We live in a sick, sad world and the former comments illustrate this sickness perfectly.
6/ This is completely crossing the line. And fyi: the babies aren’t “posing topless’”, they are posing in diaper commercials AS BABIES!! This little girl is posing as an ADULT WOMAN in an adult magazine. I cringe to think what will be plastered everywhere by the time I have children…this is truly disgusting.
commercialized pedophilia – the parents should be held negligible.
British comments from http://www.dailymail.co.uk
1/Her parents need to take responsibility for the fact they sexualising their daughter at 10 years old. Very strange indeed and it actually makes me feel quite sick. I’m cross that Vogue have done this – it is not okay for children to be used in such a way and there are sone horrible perverts on the planet who will have a field day with this little girls pictures.
2/ This is disgusting and personally, I think it encourages perverts and paedophiles. Her parents should ashamed.
3/ So can parents now take photos at their children’s school sports day or Christmas concert? If the police found photos like the one at the top of this story on a computer,the owner would be in court faster than blinking an eye.
4/ Sorry but really the parents need a bloody good kick up the backside! What are they thinking allowing their ten year old daughter to be sexualised and expolited like that it’s disgusting and there must be a stop to it!
5/ Personally, I would say this is not far off child abuse..I feel sorry for the girl with such clueless parents. Thanks Vogue – never bought your magazines and here’s yet another reason not to start now.
6/ Talk about wiping a childhood out – this is not just neglect, it’s wilfully witholding a child’s basic needs
French comments from http://news.celemondo.com
First, please have a look at this poll made by Aufeminin.com
Translation: Do you think that these pictures are crossing the line?
Yes, it is not the role of a girl to seem sexy.
No, that does not shock me more than the other images…
Contrary to the common opinion, the French people are not so tolerant. Many are shocked by the pictures. In my opinion only the Trendy community of Vogue found these artistically beautiful. The French public opinion took time to react only because these photos were intended for the Vogue readers. Now widely broadcasted, these photos are condemned. Here are some comments and opinions.
1/I have guessed the next ad campaign for our kids: ” if you want to be the sexiest of sandbox, do not forget your golden stilettos and your small Mickey Mouse G-string, with all this you will be the most beautiful and cooool girl and you will make full of friends and some adult friends as well…
Somewhere in the space, on a planet named Unconsciousness, was a certain madam Loubry….
2/ It is scandalous!!!!! A little girl with such suggestive poses it is hallucinating!!! And SHAMEFUL but great for paedophilias!!!!
3/I congratulate Veronika Loubry on his artistic performance, she is an excellent photographer.
Her daughter is sublime, 10 year-old? That does not shock me, the girls like being behind the camera at this age … The coquetry is feminine.
The most important thing for her daughter is that she had fun. Thylane has big potentials.
4/It seems that there is only the nudity which is shocking on this planet. And the vulgarity? Allowing her 10-year-old child pose in this way is inadmissible, especially when a child of this age is not obviously capable of giving her clear consent and does not obviously realise the grotesque of the situation.
Certain parents close eyes and realise their own dream through their children. Indeed Loubry needs dollars; we all know that Veronika and her husband are super broke.
5/ This girly is magnificent, but some photos are, to my point of view, too provocative, it is necessary to respect her age and a certain morality, if later she wants to be allowed go to this kind of pictures, I say why not but, at 10, I am doubtful… And G-strings for kids still shocking me!
I hope you having some great holidays overseas or in Britain. I am sorry I did abandon you for a couple of weeks enjoying France and places in Europe with my family.
Some news, I heard about a riot in Tottenham last night and I have to be honest with you my sister told me about it from FRANCE! I have tried to find some information and French people as always, have their opinion on this story.
Article below from forargyll.com:
The Prime Minster is on holiday, The Deputy Prime Minister is on holiday. Foreign Secretary William Hague is supposedly in charge. As far as we know, Home Secretary, Theresa May is not on holiday. The Acting Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police is Tim Godwin.
Last night (6th August 2011) saw riots in Tottenham in north London that were horrifyingly reminiscent of the 1981 riots in Toxteth in Liverpool, the 1985 riots at Broadwater Farm, also in Tottenham and the bad days of barricades, burning vehicles and riots in Belfast and Derry.
Last night police cars were stolen and driven to Tottenham High Road where they were set on fire – as was a London double decker bus. Commercial and domestic properties were fired, petrol bombs were visibly being thrown and looting was rife. Police vehicles arriving to take up position behind the scene were openly and repeatedly stoned. Hooded youths in the riot area ran up to the police lines at the edge of it and openly threw bricks over the heads into whatever lay behind them.
There are serious questions to be asked both about police tactics on the night and about the current philosophy of policing.
The Tottenham riots appear to have been born from an incident on Thursday 4th August 2011, when police shot dead a 29 year old black man, Mark Duggan, in an exchange of fire. Tottenham currently features serious gun crime and drugs crime.
Last night there was no rule of law running in Tottenham. There was no serious prevention of the development or of the spread of the rioting.
Yet, by the time of writing – 10.00am the following morning – not one of those made any presence to establish that the incident was being taken in hand.
At 10.00pm a statement was issued from City Hall from the office of the Mayor of London, Boris Johnston; and the Tottenham MP, David Lammy, issued a statement. That was it.
The Charity Shield football match is at Wembley (not far away) this afternoon, between Manchester United and Manchester City – with significant tensions between their factional fanbases to deal with. The Hackney Carnival is today. The police would already have been stretched between these two events. Now there is the north London situation as well – and another night to come.
Where is the government? Of course these guys are new to power and have not faced anything like this – but where is the evidence that they are even engaged? There is none.
Rudderless does not come close.
On the one hand, this country is seriously and expensively over-governed, with local government, devolved national government, UK government and European government – and the more of it there is the less anyone seems to be capable of action or to feel directly responsible for anything.
These are the big issues.
The immediate one is the simple act of government.
We need to hear from Theresa May. We need to hear from Tim Godwin. We need to know that the Prime Minister is coming home at once, and that the Deputy Prime Minister is doing the same.
And if we needed the army to back up the police should the situation worsen – do we have any such army capability left at home?
At the moment there is no sign of anyone on the bridge as London literally burns.
Update 13.10 7th August: The first Government to be seen and speak on this matter was at 13.00 today and was not the Home Secretary but her subordinate, Home Office Minister, Lynne Featherstone.
bravo les anglais sont dans m…e comme nous
Congratulations the British, they are in the shit like us.
Les anglais payent leur propre nature….”faux culs” c’est pas nouveau, même Napoléon en a fait l’expérience….
English pays the own nature “phoney” it’s not new, Napoleon experienced it as well….
Eh oui … mêmes causes, mêmes effets, On dit que le Gouvernement de Sa Majesté est encore plus laxiste que le nôtre en matière d’immigration.
Same causes, same effects, we say that the Government of Her Majesty is even more over liberal than ours in terms of immigration.
Eh oui, nos amis britanniques connaissent aussi les affres de nos concitoyens qui voudraient vivre tranquillement dans leurs banlieues, alors que la racaille y est aussi omniprésente. Ah la société pluriethnique quelles délices!
Our British friends know the torments of our fellow countrymen who would like to live quietly in their suburbs, while the villain is omnipresent. Ah the multiethnic society, what delights!
As you have noticed French people comments are xenophobic comments. I’ve read a couple of comment and I can tell 70% of them are fascist. What is happening in my country? I believe the next election will be tough and surprising…