• Britain tells “thought criminal comic” he’s too politically incorrect to be allowed in UK
By Pete Papaherakles
French comedian Dieudonné has set France on fire. His persecution by the government of President François Gérard Georges Nicolas Hollande has become a catalyst causing massive crowds to protest in the streets against what the French perceive to be a Jewish stranglehold over their country’s politics and freedom of expression.
Dieudonné M’bala M’bala, 47, the son of a French mother and a father from Cameroon, has become hugely popular in France over the last few years, with his shows sold out, his videos getting millions of views online, and people around the world from workers to famous soccer players being photographed doing the “quenelle,” a gesture he popularized that has recently gone viral.
Although his fans see Dieudonné and the quenelle as expressing their anger and disillusionment with “the system,” the French government has banned his shows and his opponents say Dieudonné is a dangerous “anti-Semite” who is popularizing the ideas of the extreme right.
Dieudonné’s genius with the quenelle is that he has found clever ways to get around France’s “Holocaust” denial laws by creating a gesture that can be perceived as an “up yours” to the establishment while at the same time an upside-down Nazi salute.
He has done the same with a catchy pineapple song and dance he created, “Shoananas,” with thousands of his fans singing it while displaying images of pineapples.
“Ananas” means pineapple in French and “Shoah” is the Hebrew word for the “Holocaust.” But the cleverness of the phrase is that in French it sounds like “chaud ananas,” or “hot pineapple.” “Nanas” is also French slang for “chicks.”
His fans adore him and even see him as a liberator.
“Here in France, the Shoah was like a religion that you couldn’t criticize,” said one fan. “It was like being enslaved. And now you have someone who comes to rescue you, a hero who frees your mind from the oppression.”
Dieudonné initially achieved success in the 1990s with a Jewish comedian, Élie Semoun, poking fun at racial stereotypes. He campaigned against racism and ran for office as a leftist against the far-right National Front (NF), which at that time he perceived as racist.
In 2003, Dieudonné did a comedy skit about a Nazi Israeli settler and was sued for “anti-Semitism.” He refused to apologize and denounced Zionism and the Jewish lobby.
This became a turning point in his career and he approached Jean-Marie Le Pen, then leader of NF, and became friends and and allied with him.
In 2008, Dieudonné had French “Holocaust” revisionist Robert Faurisson appear on a show with him and has described “Holocaust” remembrance as “memorial pornography.” He has since been convicted in court eight times on “anti-Semitism” charges and fined over €60,000.
He has increasingly been banned from mainstream media and his shows cancelled by local authorities.
Dieudonné’s quenelle gesture became notorious in December 2013, after footballerNicolas Anelka used the gesture during a televised soccer match.
In December, while performing onstage, Dieudonné was recorded as saying about prominent French Jewish radio journalist Patrick Cohen: “Me, you see, when I hear Patrick Cohen speak, I think to myself: ‘Gas chambers . . . too bad.’”
This caused French Interior Minister Manuel Valls to declare that Dieudonné was “no longer a comedian” but “an anti-Semite and a racist” and to place a ban on his shows for being a public safety risk.
On January 28, Dieudonné’s home was raided by the police. Authorities confiscated €650,000 and $15,000 in cash and Dieudonne was arrested and taken into custody for several hours.
On February 3, Britain’s Home Secretary Theresa May banned Dieudonné from entering the United Kingdom to meet with Nicolas Anelka on the grounds of “public security.”
Pete Papaherakles is a writer and political cartoonist for AFP and is also AFP’s outreach director. Pete is interested in getting AFP writers and editors on the podium at patriotic events. Call him at 202-544-5977 if you know of an event youthink AFP should attend.