On Thursday, Breitbart.com reported that Medhi Meklat, an influential French blogger whose blog was at least partially funded by George Soros’ Open Society Foundation, has come under fire for “thousands” of threatening, homophobic and anti-Semitic tweets he issued under a pen name.
“I am going to slit your throat Muslim style,” one tweet directed at Marine Le Pen reportedly said. Another tweet called for “Hitler to kill all the Jews.”
The tweets were published under the pseudonym ‘Marcelin Deschamps’, described by Meklat as a “shameful”, “fictional character” whose thoughts were “quite the opposite” of his own.”
But they remained on the account after Meklat switched it to his name in 2015. This weekend they were outed by a fellow Twitter user who was outraged after seeing Meklat on TV promoting his new book, Le Monde has reported.
On Saturday Meklat cleaned the account, deleting around 50,000 tweets spanning back over a number of years to leave just 503 remaining. He also used the platform to issue an apology, writing “I’m sorry if these tweets shocked some of you. they are obsolete”, adding “through Marcelin Deschamps, I was questioning the notion of excess and provocation.”
According to Breitbart, he and his supporters have shrugged them off as a joke. But, the report said, not everyone is convinced. The left-wing, secularist Printemps Republicain [Republican Spring] called them “serious” and “within the scope of the law,” further accusing the media of bearing some responsibility for the tweets, given the praise lavished on Meklat.
Breitbart further noted (Emphasis added):
Had he been a member of France’s National Front, they said, Meklat “would have been instantly and quite rightly pilloried by the same media, and would certainly have found himself in court”, they added in a statement.
And they dismissed claims that Meklat, under the pseudonym Deschamps, was acting satirically in the same vein as the provocative magazine Charlie Hebdo arguing that Meklat had “only attacked certain categories of people […] Charlie Hebdo attacks everyone.”
Born in the notorious Paris suburb of Seine-Saint-Denis, where riots have recently been raging, Meklat gained prominence through his writing for the Bondy Blog, a pro-migrant blog set up following the 2005 Paris riots and financed by George Soros’ Open Society Foundation.
Of course, we don’t really need to ask what would happen if a pro-Trump conservative wrote tweets like these, right?
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