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Yvan Gastaut

La cèggal è la fôormi: When France laughs at the "Arabs" (1974-1977)

Le Temps des médias n° 28, Printemps 2017, p. 35-47.


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In the middle of the sixties appears shape of humor of which the media mainstream is going to show itself fond : laugh at accents of populations considered as foreigners. In the context of the economic crisis, France laughs at immigrant populations and in particular at « Arabs» about whom the caricatural representations grow. The most significant correspond in lightning success of the sketch of the humorist underestimated Pierre Péchin who a « popular» adaptation of « La cigale et la fourmi ». Racist laughter ? To laugh in the second degree ? The story of the success between 1975 and 1977 then its putting under silence afterward invites us to think about the meanings of the laughter and its media temporality.

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