Extracts from the press concerning the Chaplin affair

"The fires of the footlights have dissolved the make-up of the so-called genial mime and one sees no more than a sinister and self-absorbed old man." -- No more flat feet, 29 October 1952. Tract launched by the Lettrist International at the reception for Chaplin in Paris.

"Only the Lettrists who signed the tract against Chaplin are responsible for the extreme and confused content of their manifesto." -- Jean-Isidore Isou, Combat, 1 November 1952.

"We believe that the most urgent exercise of freedom is the destruction of idols, especially when they represent freedom [...] The diverse expressions of indignation are indifferent to us. There aren't degrees among reactionaries. We abandon them to the anonymous and shocked crowd." -- "Position of the Lettrist International," [unpublished letter to] Combat, 2 November 1952.

"We are so little impressed by the belletrists and their tactics that the incident has almost been forgotten; this is as true as if Jean-Isidore Isou had never existed for us [...]" -- Guy-Ernest Debord, "Death of a traveling salesman," Internationale Lettriste #1.

"'Charlot' carried off the gold medal of the hundred and fiftieth anniversary of Police Headquarters that he had been awarded yesterday afternoon by Mr Jean Baylot, as well as a white, toy cane that he hung from his buttonhole." -- "Charlie Chaplin leaves Paris," France-Soir, 10 November 1952.

(Published in Internationale lettriste #2, February 1953. Translated by NOT BORED!)

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