Paloma talks about homophobia in France

Endemol TVs / France Paloma from “Drag Race France”.

Endemol TVs / France

Paloma from “Drag Race France”.

TV – They had to embark on the adventure at ten. Since this Thursday, August 4, they are only three, the top three finalists for the first edition of Drag the Tour de FranceFrench adaptation to American competition RuPaul’s Drag Race Broadcasting since June 25, every Thursday evening on the Slash digital platform and on France 2 every Saturday, thereafter Boyar Castle.

The competition, during which drag queens compete in events that combine singing, theater, dance and modeling, has nothing to envy her older American sister. From week to week, she’s proven entertaining, funny, poignant, and eager to defend the interests and diversity of French drag. And this is without ignoring the powerful messages of self-acceptance.

Among the strong characters of this season, one managed to pull out of the game, it is Paloma. A prominent imitator of Fanny Ardant (and Ludovin de La Rocher in secret), the queen of comedy has also proven to be a fierce competitor on the catwalk, as evidenced by her interpretation of a sketch by famed fashion painter Erte for Haute’s couture fashion show.

Paloma does not have her tongue in her pocket. In particular, when it comes to remembering that the art of pulling is not just about rhinestones and glitter, or championing issues that cross the LGBT+ community HuffPost He gave her an interview.

HuffPost : In some of the interviews I’ve done since the launch Drag the Tour de FranceYou talk about the art of drawing as a political act. what do you mean by that?

Paloma: From the moment I risk kicking my ass by wearing stilettos, wigs and make-up on the street, it’s a political act. Drag is above all an art that deconstructs society, a society built according to heterosexual norms. Our art is to deconstruct sex. I myself felt the pressure of having to be a manly boy, when I wasn’t. I’m still in the community. It is important to open doors for the next generation, gay or not.

As long as there are homophobias and people insulting us on the street or on social networks, drag queens and kings will be needed to change things up.

Half Post: The presence of Caroline Caillou in the government, who had previously made statements against everyone’s marriage, sparked a wave of outrage. What do you think?

Paloma: It only shows that the current government, which claims to be progressive, is in fact implementing the conservative policy of François Fillon, but disguised. Manif pour tous, even if it has a right to exist in the public space, is opposed to the laws discussed and voted on, such as marriage for all and PMA for all. What they want is to discredit things that the government has already ratified. I find it very contradictory on the part of Emmanuel Macron to see her today next to him.

Furthermore, when Caroline Caillou talks about ” these people “I want to remind him of that ” these people “They are also government electors, they are electors, important people, and they pay their taxes and therefore their salaries. It does not exclude us from the public debate. We are here and there are many of us.

Half Post: The other current news is the monkeypox epidemic. Within a few weeks, the spread of the virus continued to progress, reaching more than 1,800 cases in France. Men who have sex with men account for 96% of these cases. Aides, Sidaction and Acte-Up regret the lack of support for the pandemic by public authorities. Is this a feeling you share?

Paloma: exactly. When Covid arrived, there was public panic. zilch. When I went for the vaccination, the doctors explained to me that they wouldn’t get enough doses for everyone, but on top of that, no one had heard of what was going on. bitter. Nobody outside the LGBT+ community knows this.

The government is setting a bell on the disease. The message it sends us is to manage internally. However, it is a disease that can have serious repercussions if it is not well taken care of. [elle peut s’avérer douloureuse et créer des complications, notamment chez les enfants, les femmes enceintes, et les personnes vivant avec le VIH, ndlr].

I find that this is indicative of the so-called pink wash. We like to bring LGBT people into the media and into the political debate. But when it comes to taking care of our problems, there is no one left. It allows us to understand that we, as gay, lesbian, trans or transgender people, are still excluded from this society. there are people “Normal” And here we are. We have to stop thinking of ourselves as a minority.

Half Post: Besides stigma, crimes and offenses targeting LGBT people have increased by 12% compared to 2019, according to France’s SOS Homophobia. Do you feel safe?

Paloma : After voting on the Palestinian Monetary Authority Law for All, in 2021, Munif Port Tous organized a rally to appeal. I, who showed very little, went to a counter-demonstration organized by gay people. We were 70 to break everything. Among us are many harmless young men who carry all-encompassing flags. The result: we were gassed and paralyzed on the ground by the police. Some were even detained.

My vision may be cut off because I live in Paris. Here, not many gay people are afraid to walk down the street with blue hair or manicured nails. We live in a cosmopolitan city. People don’t care. Where do you come from, Clermont-Ferrand, there was no strange place at that time. In my high school, I was the only one who said I was gay. If I walked around with the people I was in high school with at the time, I wouldn’t be surprised to find that a package came out.

but since Drag the Tour de France I walked out, getting dozens of messages every day from kids thanking me for starting to talk about homosexuality around them. However, as long as there is still a fear of revealing oneself, and coming out of the closet, it is that everything is not settled.

Endemol TVs / France Paloma

Endemol TVs / France


Half Post: So yes, on-screen acting isn’t everything, but is it important to you?

Paloma: I have a feeling that with the other candidates Drag the Tour de FranceWe’re the first gay people to hold this position on television. Sure, we’ve had openly gay TV hosts for a long time, like Laurent Ruquier or Olivier Minne, but they don’t often put themselves to these questions, if ever. On the contrary, those we can see on the screen sometimes bump into us, like Matteo Delormo. [le chroniqueur de TPMP a notamment été critiqué en 2021 pour avoir tenu des propos homophobes à l’encontre de Bilal Hassani, ndlr].

We need other representation, positive imagery, diverse discourse with different personalities, not just clichés. And that’s what drag race Brought. Each of us recreates in his own way a vision of the spectrum, which is clearly not fully represented. For example, La brioche is a transgender woman. She is a college student, in a relationship with a woman. It asks a whole host of questions about gender and sexuality. Muse’s Soa defines itself as non-binary, and does not want to be defined by one gender or the other. Her gender has also not been specified. Here, we come up with different discourses.

Half Post: Is there an interest in seeing this program in public service?

Paloma: Yes, what is more in France 2. We are still talking about a channel that broadcasts its collection Luis Procante. It’s a big step forward. Reach a wide audience, not just LGBT+ viewers I got a message from a woman. She wrote to me to tell me she wasn’t interested in what the draw was until then. She told me that she finds us all wonderful, both for our talents and for the resources we have. She is not the only one. I’ve received a number of testimonials telling me that they watch the show as a couple or as a family with their kids. spread of drag raceIt’s a real hit in the anthill.

Half Post: Hearings drag race France Good and returns too. Doesn’t this indicate that viewers are ready for other types of entertainment?

Paloma: We’re not on a reality show where people swing glasses of water in their faces. it’s not reality tv angels. It does not correspond to the classic codes of French entertainment. There are real moments of passion, humor and lightness. It raises real social issues [comme la séropositivité de Lolita Banana, l’agression homophobe de La Grande Dame, la réception du coming out chez les proches, ndlr].

Me, I’m from the world of theater and cinema and I noticed something there. When the program is successful, we continue to produce it, no questions asked. They’ve been producing really lame shows for years. people watching. So the producers think that’s what people want to see and don’t want to see anything else. And I do not agree with that. You write a slightly better script, and people will still watch. When we improve things, people are happy that we stop thinking of them as stupid.

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