Petition against 'French Eminem' Orelsan over sexist lyrics gains thousands of signatures

Petition against 'French Eminem' Orelsan over sexist lyrics gains thousands of signatures

Orelsan has been regularly criticised over his lyrics

Thursday, February 15, 2018

A petition has been started against a rapper known as the "French Eminem" over his "sexist" lyrics included in past songs.

Many are calling for Orelsan to be stripped of his three Victories of Music awards which he was handed on Friday (February 9).

The petition has so far gained more than 25,000 signatures on Change.org. It states that it is calling on people who "defend women's rights to protest against the prizes received by this individual" and claims his music ought to be censored.

This is because in 2006 he released a song entitled Saint Valentine which led to a conviction for inciting violence against women, according to The Local.

In the song he said "shut your mouth or I will make a Marie Trintignant of you." The woman was an actress murdered by her boyfriend in 2003. However in 2016 the rapper was acquitted following an appeal.

Feminist groups have also been angered by other past lyrics used by Orelsan and have attempted to bring other charges against him.

But his appeals against them have always been successful as judges have ruled the "hopeless" characters in his music were not endorsed by the rapper himself.

Orelsan's more recent songs have been more humorous and often speak about small French towns in an apparent attempt to shed his reputation as a sexist.