Singer Safia Nolin, who had accused Maripier Morin of sexual harassment in the summer of 2020, lamented in an Instagram posting her return to public life with a bang.
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"It's hard enough to see that two years later, my sanity, my safety, my career is extremely damaged [sic] and I see his face everywhere," she wrote in a post Saturday night. on the social network.
Maripier Morin recently started a promotional tour for the film Arlette, his first role since several denunciations, including those of Safia Nolin.
In 2020, she criticized the actress for having already made inappropriate advances and racist comments to her, and for having bitten her in the thigh in a bar, two years earlier. Maripier Morin had then been dropped by the artistic community.
Safia Nolin claims to have suffered the full impact of her denunciation, which still persists today, resulting in a lot of hatred.
"It's terrible what she's getting. It looks like we're in the Middle Ages and a woman is being thrown stones in the public square, "reacts Nellie Brière, digital popularizer.
According to her, social networks have disrupted the public space by providing a platform for voices and opinions that come out of the mold.
She compares Safia Nolin to a "pioneer who may be going too fast for many," which may explain the backlash.
"And she doesn't have a lot of bulwarks to protect herself," she says, questioning the support of public figures on the web. The institutions will have to wake up to help these people who are completely left behind. That does not make any sense. »
Mélanie Lemay, co-founder of Quebec Against Sexual Violence, considers Safia Nolin "very brave" to make such an outing on social media.
"There comes a time when we are no longer able to be silent, when we tell ourselves that it can't be worse than the silence that is imposed on us", underlines the doctoral candidate in sexology.
She sees in the controversy a reversal of roles, as if Maripier had been the victim of Safia, rather than the reverse.
“We are asking the public to stop defining Maripier based on this denunciation, while we are not giving Safia any opportunity to do the same. And at the same time, we resent him for not moving on, while the violence against Safia has never stopped, ”she observes.