Freeze Corleone, accused of anti-Semitism, is no longer welcome at a festival in Rennes
Announced headliner of Boomin Fest 2023, the French rapper finds himself at the heart of a new controversy.
“I arrive determined like Adolf in the 1930s”, “every day RAF (don’t give a damn) about the Holocaust”… The texts of Freeze Corleone have always shocked and aroused the anger of associations, elected officials and members of the government. In 2020, a few weeks after the release of his album The Phantom Menacethe rapper had already found himself at the heart of a controversy. The Licra (International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism) had denounced the anti-Semitic nature of his words. A survey for “incitement to racial hatred” had been opened. According to the Swiss site Blick, it will be dismissed in 2021. Freeze Corleone’s music label, Universal France, had nevertheless decided to cork “any cooperation” with the artist.
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Two years later, the rapper continues to be talked about. The international Jewish organization B’nai B’rith denounced his arrival in Montreal for a concert. The event, which was to take place on Sunday, December 4, has been canceled.
In France, on the other hand, Freeze Corleone is still the headliner of the Boomin Festival, the second edition of which will take place on March 18, 2023 in Rennes. But for a few days, the rapper has been in the crosshairs of the elected officials of Rennes. Charles Compagnon, boss of the right-wing opposition to the municipal council, requests the deprogramming of the concert. Before the city council, Monday, December 5, he recalled that “Freeze Corleone praises Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich” in his texts. “In political action there are red lines that should not be crossed.” and “the coming of this singer is clearly a red line”, he explained, according 20 minutes .
In an interview given to Figaro in September 2020, Patrick Mignola, president of the MoDem group in the National Assembly, already denounced “the worst incitements to hatred” of the rapper. He recalled at the same time that “the 1986 law, which fights against racism and anti-Semitism, applies both to those who say and to those who peddle what is said”. Therefore, he wanted the Minister of Justice to seize the Paris prosecutor against the singer but also against the social networks and platforms that broadcast Freeze Corleone’s music.