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Group Calls for Boycott of Angouleme Grand Prix as 30 Men, 0 Women Nominated for Award

Written by Jude Terror on Tuesday, January 05 2016 and posted in News with Benefits

Group Calls for Boycott of Angouleme Grand Prix as 30 Men, 0 Women Nominated for Award

The all-male nominee list for the festival's Lifetime Achievement Award has led to calls to boycott voting.


Source: Robot 6

Via a report on Robot 6, a French group called BD Egalite is calling for the boycott of voting in the Grand Prix du Festivale d'Angouleme, a French comics award that translates roughly as "Auto Race for the Stinkiest Cheese," for failing to include any women on their list of 30 nominees for the Lifetime Achievement Award. Only one woman has won the award in the 43 year history of the event. Perhaps even more insulting, the list of this year's nominees includes amongst its number names such as "The Great One" Brian Bendis, despite how he ruined The Avengers, as well as "Mad Men" star Jean Hamme, who doesn't even make comic books (as far as we know)! In a statement to Robot 6, Grand Jury member Matt Madden pointed out:

Not only are there no new women added–they've actually REMOVED women who have been nominated in previous years, such as Marjane Satrapi and Posy Simmonds.

 

This isn't the first time the awards have been the subject of controversy. In 1987, Grand Jury President Pepe Le Pew awarded the prize to a black cat which had accidentally rubbed against a freshly painted bench leaving a white stripe up its back, citing a firm belief that the two would "make zee beautiful muzik together." Though the festival eventually recovered from the disgrace, Le Pew was forced to change his name to Eddie Berganza and get a job as editor at DC Comics.

At press time, The Outhouse was planning to gleefully ignore these awards just as we normally would any other year, but if we did care about them, we'd definitely support the boycott, because holy shit, out of thirty fucking nominees, they don't think one single woman is worthy of the honor?! Jesus Christ, or, if you'll pardon our French: sacré bleu!

You can read the statement from BD Egalite here, and here in English, for more info.





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