show must go on After yet another controversy, we interviewed deputies who had already participated in Cyril Hanouna's show on C8
Cyril Hanouna in 2018. — J.E.E/SIPA
- Cyril Hanouna regularly invites political figures to discuss social issues or buzz media in “Do not touch my post”, on C8.
- But the program is regularly punctuated by controversy, like the insults uttered last Thursday by the host against the rebellious deputy Louis Boyard.
- Deputies were questioned to find out the reasons for their participation in this television show.
It’s become one of the privileged passages of part of the political class. In his show Touche pas àgrave; my post (TPMP), Cyril Hanouna regularly invites elected officials to discuss social issues; or media buzz. But the daily show of C8, which brings together up to two million viewers, is regularly accompanied by controversy.
Last Thursday, the exchanges between the host and the deputy rebellious Louis Boyard, former columnist of the show, have thus degenerated; in insults, then in legal complaints. Despite the controversies, the politicians continue to rush on the set of “Baba”. They were asked to tell us why.
“There is no sub-public”
The MPs interviewed are unanimous: they go to TPMPto reach a wide audience, not necessarily interested in by politics. “You have to talk to; everybody. There is no sub-broadcast, no sub-audience. We cannot claim to speak to young people or the working classes and refuse to go into the media spheres that they rub shoulders with, defends Maud Bregeon, deputy for the Hauts -de-Seine. The spokeswoman for the Renaissance group accepted; to several times the invitations from C8, to talk about Covid-19 or the dissolution of Gégération identitaire.
“”I noticed; that after my passages in TPMP, in the markets of northern Yonne, the people who came to talk to me about the show were not those who usually watch news channels or classic debates” ;, abounds the deputy RN Julien Odoul. “Before, he was just entertaining. But Hanouna has taken on another dimension in recent years by talking about social issues, by leading to the politics of people who didn’t care,” An Ifop poll had shown, in June 2021, that Cyril Hanouna reached a rather young audience via his talk show (under 35), mainly workers, employees, craftsmen, traders, women in the home or inactive.
“It’s a bit of a jungle”
But going to TPMP, it’s also to accept the omnipresence of Cyril Hanouna in master of the game, the possibility’ to be interrupted by a joke by Jean-Marie Bigard, or to suffer the wrath of one of the columnists – not always seasoned – around the table. All in a limited time. “We are always reluctant to go there, because it’s a show that breaks the codes. I understand that it is complicated, it’s a talk show, not the place of half measures, where deep reasoning has no place. But you have to go,” assures Pierre-Henri Dumont. The deputy The Republicans of Pas-de-Calais notably came to talk about the boycott of the Assembly football team by LFI, of which he is captain, or this Monday on the Louis Boyard affair. “&Cedil;a does not prepare like a BFM or a CNews. There, the timing is different, it’s a bit like a jungle. You have to cut the floor to be heard, to capture attention, to be audible for a few seconds,” he adds.
“There is a side; show which can impress, and with which it is necessary to be at least to be; comfortable. But you have to go there by being yourself, without playing a role, leaving the elements of language and the big convolutions in the locker room,” assures Maud Bregeon. Antoine Léaument, MP LFI d’Essonne, was there recently to criticize the “overmediatization” of the death of Elizabeth II. “I had criticized TPMP processingon Twitter and I was invited. When I spoke, one of the columnists showed up. aggressive by getting up in his chair. It’s like an arena, I was alone against eight, it’s more a fight than a debate, he says. Any position can quickly be caricatured, the arguments not always substantive. It’s hard to be heard in the hubbub, but that’s the principle of the show. And it’s useful, because &ccedit allows one or two ideas to be put forward. people who don’t necessarily want to hear what you say.
“We devalue politics when we're looking for the buzz”
And the criticisms of the lowering of public debate? Swept away. The latest controversies will not prevent them from returning to the set. “We are right to go there when we deliver a message, but we devalue the role of politics when we go on this type of program to seek buzz, for its notoriety. tee personal experience,” says Maud Bregeon, who says she has already refused certain program topics. Julien Odoul defends freedom; speech of the show. “Those who reproach Hanouna don't do it at Daily[the TMC broadcast]. They follow us everywhere and make dishonest montages with bits of sentences. This weakens the public debate much more,” criticizes the elected RN.
Pierre-Henri Dumont sets himself a few rules: “You have to have a distance, avoid familiarity; with the host and overplaying the marks of seriousness – the suit and tie, the formal address”. The elected official thus assumes that he is the only deputy. from right to accept Cyril Hanouna's invitations. “It’s another world, but it’s a world that exists. Those who hold their noses will then complain of not being known by anyone, or of not reaching young people. Our congress to elect the president of the party will have 91,000 members… Which LR can say today that he’s going to talk to? 2 million people?”