Dieudonné: Now Makes Friends in the UK.
The Daily Mirror reports.
Nicolas Anelka, Dieudonné and why la quenelle can never be considered an innocent gesture
The West Brom striker cannot escape the connotations behind his ill-advised gesture when celebrating against West Ham.
La quenelle , the Larousse Gastronomique will tell you, is ‘a dumpling made with a spiced meat or fish forcemeat bound with fat and eggs’, which is then poached and served with a variety of sauces. Quite delicious it is too.
It is also the name given to the gesture Nicolas Anelka made to celebrate his first goal in an official game in England since 20 August 2011; incidentally, West Brom were on the receiving end on that occasion.
That quenelle left a far bitterer taste in the mouth than the dish it takes its name from, however, regardless of the player’s explanation that it was ‘just a special dedication to my comedian friend Dieudonné’ – the problem being Dieudonné himself, the inventor of the hand salute (which he has patented), a complete unknown outside of France, the subject of fierce controversy within it.
Comedy doesn’t travel well. In Dieudonné’s case, it probably shouldn’t be allowed to travel at all. The act he has developed over the last decade, and which has made him a wealthy man as well as, bizarrely, a champion for anti-establishment types of all hues, is based on all-out provocation and shock tactics within a comedic format which is, in fine , deeply traditional.
So far, so good – or inconsequential. But what distinguishes Dieudonné from other ‘alternative’ comedians is the target which he directs most of his barbs at; namely – Jews.
Reports the Daily Mirror.
Le Monde carries the latest in the racist filth Dieudonné saga today. It seems likely that he faces another prosecution for his vicious anti-Semitism.
Hope not Hate carries a firm condemnation of this act.
Nick Lowles (HOPE not hate)
Ged Grebby (Show Racism the Red Card)
HOPE not hate & Show Racism the Red Card today call upon West Bromwich Albion footballer Nicolas Anelka to clarify the intent behind his actions yesterday when he celebrated his goal against West Ham by making an allegedly antisemitic gesture, the “quenelle” described by many as an “inverted Nazi salute.”. The salute has been made infamous by the controversial French comedian Dieudonné M’bala.
M’bala is a well known and notorious antisemite in France. The Godfather of his child is Jean Marie Le Pen, the former leader of the far-right Front National and, himself, convicted for Holocaust denial.
We note that the -so-called ‘Unite Against Fascism‘ carries no protest against this racism.
We would remind readers of of Dieudonné’s past (this report on Tendance Coatesy dates from 2009).
Few deny that ‘Anti-Zionism’ can be a cover for racism. But rarely does it lead to this broad alliance. In France the mixed-race (Cameroon-French) ’humourist’ Dieudonné has launched the Parti Anti-Sionist (Site). Its candidates are standing in the European Election this June (in the Isle-de- France). The List contains, Alain Soral, former Communist, then member of the Front National, and Thierry Meyssan, famous as the author of ”L’effroyable imposture” – a founding document of the 9/11 ‘Truth’ Movement. They are joined by Sidi Yahi Gouasmi of the Fédération Chiite de France. As well as Rabbi Schmiel Borreman of Judaism Against Zionism. This week, some senior political figures have called for this list to be banned (here).