Outrage regarding proposal to designate Métro station after ‘misogynistic’ Serge Gainsbourg

More than 4,000 signatures have been collected for a petition that opposes naming a new Métro station after the late singer Serge Gainsbourg. The signatories argue that Gainsbourg’s songs glorified child abuse and promoted misogyny, and as such, his name should not be celebrated. The proposed station, located in Les Lilas and set to open in 2024, has sparked controversy in the post Me-Too era. The petition questions the message that such a decision would send to society and claims that it would condone violence against women and children. The petition suggests naming the station after another renowned French singer, Anne Sylvestre.

Former mayor Daniel Guiraud suggested naming the station after Gainsbourg due to his song “Le Poinçonneur des Lilas,” which pays tribute to a Métro worker. However, critics argue that Gainsbourg’s personal life, including his controversial song and video “Lemon Incest,” which he made with his daughter Charlotte when she was 12, and his inappropriate comments about singer Whitney Houston, make him an inappropriate choice for such an honor.

The debate around naming the Métro station highlights the importance of symbols and what they represent in society. The petitioners argue that names should not glorify problematic individuals, emphasizing the need for respect and consideration in the public sphere.

The Lilas town hall has not yet responded to the controversy.

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