Gims gave a big rant. The Congolese rapper, a convert to Islam since 2004, urged his Muslim fans to stop celebrating the New Year.
On social networks, the interpreter of “Sapés like never” asked his fans not to wish him a happy new year 2022, if they are Muslims.
Gims denounced on Instagram the practices of certain Muslim Internet users during the holiday season. ” Please leave me with the ‘happy new year, new year’… leave me with that. You know I never answered that and you keep sending me ‘Happy New Years’. In addition, muslims stop it, we have the same convictions! They are the ones who send most of the ‘Happy New Years’. Brothers, we don’t celebrate that (…). No guys, it’s not part of our beliefs“, He got annoyed.
The one who lives in Marrakech made the same criticism concerning the birthday celebrations. “I am suffering with this. It is one more step towards death. We don’t celebrate that. It is not part of our convictions, come and we focus on our own things. It’s not mean. But let’s stay strong on our values ”, he added.
The remarks of the former Sexion d’Assaut did not go unnoticed. Indeed, many Internet users have pointed to his hypocrisy reminding him of the words of his songs and his clips highlighting naked girls.
Alcohol, woman, and so on in these clips and they yell because people of good faith wish him a happy new year, we have to question ourselves #gims https://t.co/ZFgajx65o5
– Imrane 🇲🇦 (@ imrane179) January 1, 2022
– Leïla Benchemsi 🇲🇦 ليلى بنشمسي (@LBenchemsi) January 1, 2022
Sorry GIMS but must leave religion where it is… Tired of these artists who give injunctions to people while at home it is far from being holy… 🤦🏿♂️
– Abdoulaye Kanté (@ AbdoulayeK3) January 1, 2022
These statements also made certain figures of the extreme right react, including the 2022 presidential candidate Eric Zemmour. ” Maitre Gims, support of Valérie Pécresse, talks to you about identity ”, he commented, referring to the singer’s support for the LR candidate in the regional elections.
– Eric Zemmour (@ZemmourEric) January 1, 2022
Before becoming a star by putting his powerful voice on pop songs, Gims was seen as one of the most technically gifted rappers of his generation.