Parisian Drag Queen Selected to Carry Olympic Torch Amid Controversy

Minima Gesté, a 33-year-old Parisian drag queen, has been chosen as one of the torchbearers for the opening ceremony of the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. However, her selection has stirred up controversy, drawing both support and criticism from various quarters.

In a video announcing her participation, Minima expressed her gratitude for the opportunity, emphasizing the importance of visibility for the LGBTQIA+ community. Despite her positive message, the online response to the announcement was marred by hateful comments, with some condemning her participation as a symbol of societal decay.

Far-right politician Marion Maréchal, niece of Marine Le Pen, echoed these sentiments in an interview, denouncing Minima’s performance as vulgar and hypersexualized.

Parisian Drag Queen Selected to Carry Olympic Torch Amid Controversy

However, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo swiftly came to Minima’s defense, affirming her support and emphasizing the city’s pride in having a drag queen represent its values of peace and humanity.

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Despite facing criticism, Minima remains resolute, dismissing detractors and reaffirming her pride in carrying the Olympic flame. Her participation is a testament to Paris’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity.

Minima will join other torchbearers during the relay in Paris on July 14 and 15, symbolizing unity and celebrating the city’s rich cultural tapestry.

Maréchal’s previous criticisms, including remarks about French pop star Aya Nakamura, reflect broader debates about representation and identity in contemporary France. However, Minima’s selection sends a powerful message of acceptance and solidarity, highlighting the diverse voices that contribute to France’s cultural landscape.

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