« Brothers, we don’t celebrate, » Gims asks Muslims to stop wishing for the New Year and gets politicians to react
The artist expressed himself on this subject in a video published on his social networks, creating in passing a lively controversy. Several politicians have reacted to the words of the famous singer.
Gims does not want to be wished happy new year. He clearly explained it in a video published on his social networks on January 1. In his video message, he addressed specifically to his Muslim fans: « Please, leave me with the ‘happy new year, happy new year’ (…). I never replied to this, but you keep sending me messages during January and February. Muslims (Muslims, in English) stop it, » said the artist.
« Brothers, we don’t celebrate this. Did the companions celebrate the New Year? Please, stop, stop, » he continued. He also asked his Muslim community to stop wishing birthdays. « That’s not part of our beliefs. Let’s focus on our own stuff. Let’s stay strong on our values. » On the subject of Christmas celebrations, Gims said, « Christmas, we respect, but it’s not our holidays. »
The rapper’s comments caused a huge stir on social networks, but also in the political ranks. Eric Zemmour, a candidate for the French presidential election with his party Reconquest! – party, immediately commented on Gims’ exit. « Maître Gims, supporter of Valérie Pécresse, talks to you about identity, » he wrote in a terse message on Twitter.
Marlène Schiappa speaks out
« As minister in charge of citizenship, I fight against radicalization, separatism, a form of communitarianism. We often talk about living together, it can start with polite, relatively innocuous formulas. It requires more condemnation, « reacted for her part the Minister Delegate for Citizenship Marlene Schiappa on RMC.
She then added: « I learned recently in a television show that Maitre Gims was funded by the Ile-de-France region and that he had supported Valérie Pécresse. I ask Valérie Pécresse today what she thinks of these remarks. Everyone knows what I think of this type of practice. I ask Valérie Pécresse, who is supported by Maitre Gims, to make a statement. »