In a long interview given to Current Values, Papacito returns to the controversy generated by his video. He denies any call for murder against Mélenchon or one of his voters. The latter, for his part, filed a complaint. An investigation is open.
While the controversy rages, our colleagues from Current values offered the blogger, YouTuber and screenwriter Papacito the opportunity to react, on June 8, to the words of Jean-Luc Mélenchon who accused him of calling for murder against him and that of his constituents. After a video broadcast on June 6 in which Papacito shot a shotgun at a mannequin representing a “leftist”, simulating a terrorist attack, the leader of La France insoumise (LFI) denounced at a press conference on June 7 a “call for murder” and added wanting to file a complaint. An investigation was opened against the polemicist by the Paris prosecutor’s office on June 9 for “public provocation not followed by effect to the commission of attacks on the life or integrity of persons”.
“No call to shoot people on the left or on, and even less, Jean-Luc Mélenchon”, according to Papacito
In this interview, Papacito denounces the “completely fallacious assembly [présenté par LFI lors de la conférence de presse du député des Bouches-du-Rhône] which makes this video a horrible thing ”which diverts, according to him, the humorous nature of the content, manifest, always according to him, when one sees the video in its entirety.
As a reminder, the incriminated video featured the execution of a mannequin decked out in a T-shirt bearing the words “Mediacuck.” Dhimmi. I am a communist ”supposed to represent“ a leftist ”.
“I expected the video to be controversial, it’s a provocative video,” he admits, however. However, he defends the comic nature of his video, relying on the large number of views it generated before being deleted by YouTube.
Claiming to be a “polemicist” and making “humor”, he considers it logical to produce excessively provocative videos like the one published on his YouTube channel which he firmly defends as “unassailable”. Caricaturing Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s conference as a summons by a college principal, indignant at being assimilated to “the extreme right”, he exclaims sarcastically: “Papacito is a Nazi!”
Papacito thus defends himself against any call for murder against Jean-Luc Mélenchon, his voters and more generally against any person claiming to be on the left. “I say it in front of the camera and I say to the audience listening to me: in the video there is absolutely no call to shoot at people on the left or at, and even less, Jean-Luc Mélenchon”, affirms t -he.
Challenging anyone to find a sequence where he makes comments calling for murder or violence, he vehemently points out that “never [il] born [se] will be[t] allowed something like that ”. Words that he reiterates firmly in the second part of the video where he repeats that “there is absolutely no material to say that there is an attack ad personam or ad hominem by Jean-Luc Mélenchon or his electors ”.
The polemicist denounces “a double standard”.
Papacito is also partly indignant at a double standard of which he considers himself a victim. He recalls in particular the comments encouraged in January 2020 by Raquel Garrido estimating the beheading of Louis XVI possible today with Emmanuel Macron, or the pike of Taha Bouhafs brandishing an effigy representing the head of Marine Le Pen, in a video dating back to 2016 , wondering if these examples would also qualify as calls for murder.
He also recalled the death threats that Jean-Marie Le Pen had, according to him, been the subject of throughout his political career, adding that “we had the right”. He didn’t spare either Charlie hebdo whose impunity he noted by quoting a front page from the satirical magazine entitled “The Koran is shit that does not stop bullets”, while he would be denied the right, according to him, to do the same with his video. “The left has the right to say that ‘the Koran is shit’ and I don’t have the right to ask if leftism is bulletproof? There is a double standard ”.
Papacito also considers problematic the balance of power against him by arguing about the media, state and financial support from which Jean-Luc Mélenchon would benefit, according to him, while he would only have ” [sa] Workforce”.
Describing the “masquerade” represented by Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s conference, Papacito repeatedly underlines the political importance of the leader of La France insoumise who does not deserve, according to him, that we are interested in it. “The possibility of making believe that he would be attacked would allow him to capitalize a little sympathy”, he launches, specifying in addition that “Jean-Luc Mélenchon is disappearing because the left is bloodless”.
Further, Papacito believes that his video was “completely used” by Jean-Luc Mélenchon who tried during the day of June 6 to reduce the scope of his remarks on the attacks committed before the elections. “You will see that in the last week of the presidential campaign, we will have a serious incident, or a murder. It was Merah in 2012, it was the attack on the Champs Elysées [du 20 avril 2017]. Do you remember all that? […] All this, it is written in advance, we will have the extremely serious event which will once again allow to point the finger at Muslims and to invent a civil war, it is boat all that ”, he declared. , drawing the wrath of families of victims. Faced with the controversy he then denounced a “buzz distressing ”and claimed that his words had been“ blunt ”.
The manipulation of Papacito’s words would be consistent with this, according to the videographer himself. The latter also judges the “slippage” of the deputy of Bouches-du-Rhône as “extremely insulting to the families of the victims of the attacks”.
On the contrary, the Youtubeur calls for “honesty” and invites viewing of the entire video. The dummy used in the “stay a dummy” video supports Papacito. “It personalizes the human being […] it is the projection of the spectator to live this experience [de guerre]He adds. He argues that on the contrary, only a “psychopath” identifies with the shooters. He also denounces the attitude of the “left” which, according to him, does not accept that the video reminds him of “what reality is”.
Jean-Luc Mélenchon wishes to file a complaint, an open investigation
For his part, Jean-Luc Mélenchon announced that he wanted to file a complaint and the Paris prosecutor announced, on June 9, the opening of an investigation against Papacito for “public provocation not followed by effect to the commission of attacks on the life or integrity of persons ”.
“I call on the organizers of stinging campaigns – political activists and the media – to measure their responsibilities in this context. What makes think the vision of the extract that I publish here. She comes from a big far-right, influential YouTube account. It is that of “Papacito”, promoted as being that of a friend by Eric Zemmour three days ago “, argued Jean-Luc Mélenchon in a press release published on June 7.
The boss of La France insoumise then called on social networks for a massive report of the video by denouncing a “call for murder”. He immediately reported the video to Pharos before appealing for the support of the political class, all nuances: “Whoever you are, whatever your political opinion about me or that of the rebels, I am sure that none of you approve of such a staging. ” Political leaders of all stripes had largely given their support to Jean-Luc Mélenchon. Prime Minister Jean Castex also assured the National Assembly on June 8: “” The government of the Republic condemns unreservedly and in the most firm manner [la vidéo]. “