A French comedian has drawn criticism for a video in which he makes sexual motions toward women in public places without their content.
The Daily Dot reported on Tuesday that Rémi Gaillard’s video “Free Sex” has garnered more than 4 million views online since being released late last week.
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.”
[h/t The Local]