Sunday, 30 September 2018 11:25

France – TV commentator claims minorities have an easy road to success

On live French TV, Charles Consigny claimed that those from minority groups have an easier path to success, and that 'native' French people are suffering because of it. This is France's media monitoring highlight for September 2018.

This article part of the Media Monitoring Highlights of August, a monthly overview of the most significant results of our monitoring of traditional and new media in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, and the United Kingdom. 

Charles Consigny Camille LicraDate of publication: 22 September 2018

Media Outlet:  TV show “On n’est pas couché” (“We are not sleeping yet”) broadcast on the public TV channel France 2.

Author: Young TV commentator, Charles Consigny. He is already known for conservative polemics and discourse. 


Description of the anti-migrant content: During an interview on the show “We are not sleeping yet”, Consigny stated: "Today, in fact, it is almost easier to succeed when you are a son of migrants, black and faggot than when you are a ‘native’ white French and heterosexual.” He went on further to say that “media kindness” and “political correctness” are very common in today’s world. His guest on the show, singer Kiddy Smile, immediately reacted to the statement saying that he found Consigny’s remarks “horrible”. Fellow commentator Christine Angot also made her disapproval clear. 

Myth debunked: The idea that minorities are given an easier path in today’s world over those from non-minority groups is a claim often made by those opposing immigration and the integration of minorities. It is true that in some countries in recent years, more attention is paid to making work environments more inclusive. This includes selecting candidates from a more diverse ethnic pool, and therefore creating a more diverse workforce. However, this does not mean that it is easier for minorities to succeed than it is for ‘native’ candidates. What is actually happening is equality. The situation that Consigny seems to be describing matches this well-known quote perfectly: “When you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression.” What is happening is that slowly, minorities are getting an equal playing field when it comes to issues like employment; this is not privilege, but equality. 

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