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Maripier Morin and Julien Lacroix have no other choice. In order to return to the public, they must go through an equally public therapy. In her case a my fault feeling good is not enough. They must reveal their inner journey and submit it to the famous People’s Tribunal.

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Everyone is currently talking about the return of these two personalities, who were heavily spattered and discarded in the course of the #metoo movement, to the arena. The presenter and the comedian, both from the same generation, were the darlings of Quebec audiences. Today they seem to have as many critics as admirers.

Will they be able to reclaim the place they occupied before their career collapsed? History will tell.

After allegations of sexual harassment, physical assault and racist comments, Maripier Morin put her career on hold in July 2020. The young woman immediately began therapy, particularly to end his alcohol and cocaine addiction.

Here she directs the film Arlettscheduled for release on August 5th.

Comedian Julien Lacroix, who was the victim of allegations of sexual misconduct, also underwent an “intense therapeutic process.”

Now he’s ready to get back on stage to make his audience laugh.

Anyone who has been wondering for months how long the purgatory of these monastic stars must last before considering a return to stage or screen has the answer: 24 months! At least for these two.

I’ve seen scandals throughout my career. From theft (coat, gloves, ring, bottle of wine) to drunk driving, tax evasion, concealment and selling narcotics, “our stars” have slipped down many times. To see this, one only has to re-read the “Yellow Newspapers” of the last few decades on the BAnQ website.

What has changed today, apart from the nature of the error and the way it is brought to light (remember that Maripier Morin and Julien Lacroix have not been officially charged in court), is the way how you dodge your image by beautifying yourself to win back the hearts of the public, that other addiction no one talks about.

A few weeks before the release ofArlettMaripier Morin opted for the long “truth interview” method with none other than Canada’s First Lady, Sophie Grégoire. The latter has been presenting capsules on the subject of mental health for some time. The interview, published on the magazine’s digital platforms Elle Quebecoffers Maripier Morin the opportunity to talk about her journey over the past two years and her experience as a mother.

This interview follows his participation in the podcast series seed of hope, in the company of Angelo Rubino and Jean-Claude Télémaque, where she faces the problems of addiction with great courage. In short, his return is smooth but takes the wind out of it.

For his part, Julien Lacroix announced earlier this week that he would be recording a podcast show on July 12 in front of an audience of 25 people (more were added). The goal is to highlight the two years of sobriety he just experienced. It should be noted that the profits from the sale of tickets to this event are used to prevent alcoholism and drug addiction among young people.

These headliners have been judged by the public, and by facing that same public they will attempt to make a comeback. Through media of all kinds, they will try to reclaim their place.

I confess that I am completely torn apart by these surgeries. I wonder if I’m witnessing a rehabilitation strategy that is superbly adapted to her time, or rather a lesson in courage and determination. Because it’s required to get out of an addiction, regardless of the type.

For now, I’m clinging to the effect that the rapprochement of these two idols and the taboos they break can have. Getting involved in therapy is often kept to oneself these days. People who suffer not only experience it in secret, but if they dare to climb the mountain, they do so in secret.

For once, the nagging shamelessness that hits our societies is used for something constructive.

Does this act of repentance go too far? When we look at Éric Lapointe, who pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman in October 2020 and who is offering shows in several Quebec cities to the delight of his admirers, we are right to ask questions.

It is difficult to predict what impact the statements by Julien Lacroix and Maripier Morin will have on the public. This depends on several factors. The tone and choice of words are crucial. For the rest, you have to rely on the mood of the moment. Another denunciation to another personality or a disputed judgment could turn everything upside down.

One can also wonder how the people who have denounced the behavior of Maripier Morin and Julien Lacroix will react. Will they find these two getting off too easy? Will they want to intervene more in public space, as some have started?

This climate will undoubtedly color the publicity surrounding the film Arlett. I’m curious to see where Maripier Morin’s fall and rise will take place during the interviews. The questions that are then put to her do not benefit from the protective framework that the actress has enjoyed so far. It will be interesting to see the mechanism that the press relations team will put in place.

Since the #metoo movement erupted, much has been said about the role of public denunciations and that of the real courts. The success or failure of this return should help us to go further in this reflection.

Rachel Chagnon, a professor in UQAM’s Law Department, who was interviewed by my colleague Simon Chabot in 2020, made this very correct observation.

“The traditional justice system rewards those who admit wrongdoing, often reducing their sentences and imposing harsher sentences on those who outright deny it. On social media, those who admit their mistakes can pay dearly, and those who deny it often get away with it. »

Julien Lacroix and Maripier Morin show their cards and go all out. You don’t know the outcome of that risk.

But an invisible judge, on which we rely more and more, will decide.

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