In the clip, Gaillard — who reportedly bills himself as his country’s answer to Dane Cook — sneaks up on women and simulates sexual motions toward them while they aren’t looking. In the instances when the women discover him, he walks away without talking to them. On Monday, Gaillard said on his Facebook page that the women filmed consented to being shown in the video.
But Gaillard has also been accused of promoting rape culture; journalist Audrey Pulvar said on a French talk show that his actions in the video were “characteristic of a sexual assault,” and magazine columnist Dom Bochel Guégan wrote in Le Nouvel Observatour that they constituted a “trivialization of the sexual violence of which we have been or will be one day the victim of.”
In response, Gaillard thanked his fans on his Facebook page for voting “for the freedom of expression.”
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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