The French are notorious for their inscrutable sense of humor, but French comic “Frigide Barjot” isn’t joking when she says she opposes marriage equality in her homeland.
Barjot (real name: Virginie Tellene) is an odd spokesperson for France’s anti-equality movement, which is populated mostly by right-wingers and Christian groups: She made her name in the 1980s with public stunts that poked fun at Gallic institutions. (In 1984, she staged a demonstration blaming a particularly frigid winter on President Mitterrand.)
But Barjot, a born-again Catholic, hopes to bring together some 200,000 people for a nationwide protest on Sunday against the Socialist government’s “marriage for all” law.
The outspoken personality claims she’s not homophobic, citing her friendship with her first boyfriend, now gay, and a quarter-century working in LGBT clubs as proof.
“I do not deny gay love and I’ve got nothing against gay culture,” she told right-leaning daily Le Figaro for a portrait published on Friday. “But I cannot condone the introduction of a new type of marriage into France’s civil code.”
Stick to the yuck-yucks, madame.