In Apolline Matin, Sasha, a 22-year-old environmental activist, came to debate on the theme “Do we need more radicalism for a real awareness of the heat wave”.
But faced with the somewhat condescending tone of the journalist, Apolline de Malherbe, the debate came to nothing. And on social media, the video quickly went viral, surpassing one million views.
And it is indeed the questions and answers of the journalists who are called into question, and not the answers of the young environmental activist.
The journalist first mentioned the action during which environmental activists had blocked the A13 motorway at Easter: “You have seen that there, you have aroused discouragement or even anger among users who were in their car and who just wanted go to work”. “Doesn’t it really feel like the cause is going to turn against you and that, on the contrary, you’re going to hold people up?” she asks. To which Sasha replied: “It has nothing to do with it”.
This response knocked Apolline de Malherbe off her hinges. The latter then began to cut her guest off: “I have the impression that you are not listening to me. I can ask you questions, but you are in your TGV there”, she lets go.
The tone also rose when she asked her guest if she intended to become a mother in the future.
Outrage on the web
On social networks, the reactions are strong.
“This (pseudo) journalist is smug. Contemptuous. I am flabbergasted that she has no awareness of the situation and that she can be so irresponsible…”, indignantly an Internet user.
“Nothing is going well in this interview… looking for a clash at all costs with a 22-year-old girl to put on a show instead of talking about the motivations for her actions, the root of the problem”, comments France 24 journalist Audrey Racine.
“Thank you for the lesson in humanism from Sasha, an ecological activist, in the face of the contempt of Apolline de Malherbe”, adds another Internet user
“The opportunity to remember that Apolline de Malherbe is someone deeply detestable”, writes yet another Internet user by sharing the video of the sequence.