chapter  2
17 Pages

Parody, satire and the rise of populism under postcolonial criticism

A French and an Italian case
WithCécile Vermot, Maica Gugolati

This essay aims to analyse the tensions in the rise of populist rhetoric through satires and parodies performed by the two migrant artists in France and Italy. More specifically, it analyses to what extent racist and sexist stereotypes are performed through ethnic humour. The comparison of postcolonial performativities of these artists allows us to deconstruct and show similarities and differences in right-wing populist rhetoric. In Italy and France the right-wing populist parties share a rhetoric that instrumentalises the issue of extra-European migration as “the problem” of the generalised condition for the European “crisis”.