Solène Delinger 11:55 a.m., February 20, 2023, modified at 11:59 a.m., February 20, 2023
In an interview given to the "Guardian" on Friday February 17, 2023 on the occasion of the release of his "Liaison" series, Vincent Cassel felt that there was going to be a "problem", "if men became too vulnerable and too feminine".
The 56-year-old comedian laments the distorted image of masculinity conveyed in Hollywood productions.
His remarks caused a real outcry.
Words that do not pass.
Friday February 17, 2023, Vincent Cassel created controversy with a short sentence pronounced during an interview with the British newspaper
"If men become too vulnerable and too feminine, I think there's going to be a problem," assured the 56-year-old comedian, starring in the Liaison series,
"It's a total fantasy of what sexuality should be"
Vincent Cassel, eager to defend his own vision of masculinity, elaborates: "Look at what is happening. Instagram and TikTok are full of people giving false images. Men should be like this. Women should be like that. You see? It's a total fantasy of what sexuality should be. And you tend to forget what it's really about. It's about being yourself."
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"It's almost shameful to be a man these days"
But what does it mean to be a "man" for Vincent Cassel?
Asked about it in
, the actor evokes the influencer Andrew Tate, a former masculinist kickboxer recently detained in Romania for a case of pimping.
He made headlines last January by making fun of environmental activist Greta Thunberg, who in turn ridiculed him.
"He says a lot of things that sound really problematic, especially when you see where he's coming from, but in the middle of it all he says things that are actually interesting, because he wants to stand up for masculinity. It's almost shameful to be a man these days. You have to be more feminine, more vulnerable", assures Vincent Cassel before adding: "But listen, if men become too vulnerable and too feminine, I think there will be a problem".
It is this sentence that has caused a stir on social networks.
Many Internet users indeed consider the release of Vincent Cassel deeply misogynistic.
The main interested party defends himself in his interview: "I mean, I hope not to be misogynistic. I am surrounded by women from morning to night, because I have three daughters, a wife, a ex-wife and a mother", concludes the actor.