Kas Saed hits the red carpet

Being the all-powerful president gives you all the responsibility. Including those not closely or remotely connected to your tasks. Especially the ones you should never have stepped on.

Yesterday the Omni-President summoned his Minister of Culture to discuss the difficult subject…Carthage Film Days. Immediately afterwards, Hayet Ketat gave his first TV interview as minister – apparently in Wataniya – to talk about the Francophonie Summit, which is currently being organized, and the JCC, which had just concluded.

Forty minutes of intervention in which the minister will be congratulated, congratulated, thanked for the choice of the city of Djerba for the Francophonie summit, the organization of the summit, the questions, etc. and a few minutes at the end, to conclude, about the failure of the Carthage film days. After his interview with the head of state, Hayet Ketat announces that an investigation will be launched to determine the responsibility (of the various confusions) and that the event will no longer be organized every year, but that it will be biennial again, as it was. the case before 2014.

Behind this anger, redundancies by the bucketload, a messy prize list… and a red carpet that has sparked a lot of talk. For a week that lasted for days, the red carpet saw personalities, citizens and other Tunisians and foreigners known and less known.

Alongside filmmakers, women and men of culture, actors and artists, journalists and media professionals, several opinion makers or famous unknowns have appeared. The Internet and public opinion have devoted themselves to a criticism and a sheer liquidation of these appearances, some deemed undesirable, others downright annoying or inappropriate. This event had been criticized for having given rise to “minorities that should not show themselves in the public square, but remain hidden in the shadows”. We pointed the finger “violations of good taste committed affecting the customs and values ​​of the traditional, religious and conservative society”. A society that many dream of seeing established. Sexist comments competed with homophobic remarks. The plunging necklines, slit dresses, exposed knees made conservatives’ hair stand on end. The mix of genres, fuzzy and confusing, ended up ending them.

You will understand why this red carpet was the first point mentioned by the minister during her first interview where she said she would ban it without success. “There should not be a red carpet at such an event. This is heresy! Even as a minister, I never wanted to walk the red carpet” was indignant Hayet Ketat, who confirmed it “this mat should not be open to just anyone”.

“This red carpet caused the JCCs to deviate from their main mission”, emphasized more than once the facilitator. The same terms were used by the presidential communique published very late that evening by Carthage. We read there, at the end of a meeting between Kaïs Saïed and Hayet Ketat, earlier in the day, that the President of the Republic raised the practices that tainted this festival. “who caused it to deviate from the set goals”.

Coincidence? Of course not, dear readers, when you have very little idea of ​​how things are done at the top of the state.

Since taking over full powers, Kaïs Saïed does not always know how to choose his battles. In the midst of the surrounding giddiness, he chose to step on the JCC’s red carpet – or rather to step on it – and make it one of his priorities.

Amazing to see the head of state summon his minister of culture and address to the public his disapproval of what the red carpet of this film event has brought together. In an unequivocal message, as usual, he takes to the storms of the canvas to make his own battles to tell him without any subtlety that the “unwrapping” of the red carpet must not happen again. Add it to the list…

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