The singer/songwriter of this song (which is in French) is the son of a Rwandan father and a Belgian mother. His father was one of the victims of the 1994 genocide. He wrote this song from an autobiographical point of view.
In the video itself, Stromae portrays the “father” here depicted as the mannequin, with the actor playing his son lipsyncing the song.
April 7 marked the twentieth anniversary of the genocide, which claimed between 500,000 and 1,000,000 Rwandans in a 48-hour period.
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I don’t often given to posts like this but apparently you caught me at a weak moment and I am trying to distract myself from managerial accounting study.
So CNN just showed a report on the royal visit to New Zealand, which not only actively mocked the cultural traditions of the Maori, comparing the haka to the mating dance of the emu, but also denigrated the cultural traditions of many other groups as being ‘native’ and generally silly. It’s this kind of shoddy journalism and blatant racism that perpetuates an idea of multiculturalism being some kind of childish joke and trivialises the identity of 15% of NZ’s population. If you want to do something about it, there is a complaint here, and the petition associated with it here. .
This makes me so angry, I don’t even want to talk about it. It’s made me so angry this week that I’ve literally seen red, almost thrown up. I’m only reblogging it now because I’ve had people ask if I know about it.
Yeah, I know. Yeah it’s making me angry. And I don’t want to talk about it, not just yet. I need some time to process how this is making me feel. Just fucking fuck.
I was wondering if I was going to see this at some point on tumblr (was too mad on the day it came out to write a coherent post myself).
For the record the tattooed guy in the video is George Mana, a warrant officer in the New Zealand Air Force. Tattoos/Ta Moko are very important within the Maori culture (denoting identity, family, iwi etc) so it would have been a very deliberate choice on George Mana’s behalf to display his.
(Although tbf the reporter did apologies eventually but… “”Duly noted. I do humour and satire, and I am truly sorry if the tone of my story offended anyone.”"… the apology could have been better I think)