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Ulf Dalquist <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 19 May 1995 08:20:13 CDT
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Mikel Koven wrote (lotsa things, among them):
>2. In an interview with director Denys Arcand (a man quite devoted to
>keeping Quebecois culture alive), Seguin opens his interview with: "I
>have a French name, but I don't speak French.  That's pretty funny, eh?"
>Arcand replied that it was Seguin's loss that he could not speak French
>(presumably spoken in Arcand's perfect English).  Apart from the
>insulting nature of Seguin's comment, much like saying to Spike Lee, "you
>are the first African-American I've met that didn't own a gun," he
>actually printed it, complete with Arcand's biting retort (which Seguin
>was seemingly unaware of its tone).
Excuse me, but I don't get it. I know Arcand & the Quebequois movement, but
haven't heard of Seguin. I can't understand what's so insulting with Seguins
comment. It's not funny or clever or anything, but insulting? Is it all about
the same kind of rethorical hairsplitting that makes people accuse directors of
racism when they use the "N"-word? (No, I don't want to mention the film or
director in question, 'cause I don't think I could stand another post on that
I just don't understand...
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