Viral French film on sexism accused of ‘Islamophobia’

Ever since the French short film “Oppressed Majority” was republished on YouTube this year with English subtitles, it’s had more than 9 million views and continues to be an international talking point.

Not only has the film, by French director Éléonore Pourriat, inspired a recent trend of gender-flip audio-visual media provoking a conversation about everyday sexism around the world, but it’s continued coverage in international media has shed an unintended light on the political and social context of France and it’s growing culture of racism towards its Muslim and ethnic minority communities.

Since going viral, online audiences have applauded the short film for its hard hitting portrayal of sexism in French society. The 10-minute film depicts a reversed reality showing men and women having swapped stereotypical gender roles and experiences. In several media interviews, Pourriat reinforces that her film illustrates an unrelenting level of sexual harassment, sexism and victim shaming and blaming in order to not be “‘so realistic but frightening.”‘ 

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OPPRESSED MAJORITY (Majorité Opprimée English)

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