Marion Maréchal accused of transphobia after her comments about Karla Sofía Gascón

28 May 2024 / Interviews

Marion Maréchal sparked intense controversy after posting a critical tweet against the Best Actress Award given to Karla Sofía Gascón, a transgender actress, at the Cannes Film Festival. “It is therefore a man who receives the prize for… female interpretation at Cannes. Progress for the left is the erasure of women and mothers,” she wrote on the social network

Six associations, including Mousse, Stop Homophobia and the LGBT Federation, filed a complaint for “transphobic insult” against Marion Maréchal. According to their lawyer, Me Étienne Deshoulières, Maréchal's statements deny the existence and suffering of transgender people.

During the closing ceremony of the 77th Cannes Film Festival, Karla Sofía Gascón, along with Selena Gomez, Zoe Saldana and Adriana Paz, received the Best Actress Award for the film “Emilia Perez” by Jacques Audiard. This is a first for a transgender woman in Cannes. Karla Sofía Gascón dedicated her award “to all trans people who are suffering,” emphasizing the importance of recognition and support for the trans community.

Guest this Monday on the show “Les 4 vérités” on France 2, Marion Maréchal defended her tweet by quoting George Orwell and affirming that “telling the truth is a revolutionary act”. She argued that giving a female actor award to a transgender woman was an attempt to “erase women.” Faced with the objections of journalist Jean-Baptiste Marteau, recalling that Karla Sofía Gascón is legally recognized as a woman, Marion Maréchal replied that it was an “imposed lie”.

The associations recalled that 85% of transgender people in France have been victims of discrimination or violence. In 2023, 2 crimes or offenses against LGBT+ people were recorded, marking an increase of 870% compared to the previous year. These figures highlight the urgency of combating transphobia and protecting the rights of transgender people.

When receiving her prize, Karla Sofía Gascón anticipated the criticism and delivered a message of hope. With emotion, she called for tolerance and self-improvement, saying: “We all have the opportunity to change for the better, to become better people. » His speech was intended to inspire and encourage those fighting against prejudice.