“New version of the poster, normally it works for the metro,” quips Waly Dia on his Instagram account. The 35-year-old comedian, columnist on France Inter, promotes his show, An Hour to Kill. On January 25, Mediatransports, the RATP advertising agency, refused the promotional poster for his show where he appears with his face covered in fake tattoos with political demands. In particular, one could read: “I am like the IGPN, I am not here to put the police on trial” or “Macron, he is like an alcoholic father, at home he ruins your life, outside He shames you.” Messages “of a political nature incompatible with the duty of neutrality which is required in public transport”, estimated the RATP.
Mediatransports asked to remove the two sentences in question to validate the display in transport, a proposal declined by Waly Dia and the producers at K-WET and Majime.
In reaction to the RATP press release, Wali Dia published a new poster on Instagram. Same composition, same face, only the title and the tattoos deemed problematic have been modified. The title of the show became “An Hour Late”; the RATP and SNCF will appreciate it.
Other tattoos read “In the subway, you rub shoulders with everyone. It stinks, we're with each other. It looks like an orgy in a trash room.” Another parodies the slogan of the rabbit Serge, RATP mascot, who invites users not to put their hands on the metro doors: “Don't put blame on Macron and the police on your poster, you risk being prohibit very strongly.” The comedian, whose forehead is adorned with “I love Castex” – the former prime minister is now head of the RATP – also had fun using the title of an article published on the France 24 website Friday January 26: “According to the National Health Security Agency, the levels of toxic particles in the Paris metro are at least three times higher than outside.”
Waly Dia will play at the Théâtre de l'Œuvre from February 1 to April 27, in the 9th arrondissement of Paris.