Ten Percent: how the series captured prime-time homosexual parenting – news series on TV

With the farewells of the series Dix Pour Cent, the last episodes of season 4 of which will be broadcast next Wednesday, it is also the end of a series that highlighted the issue of homoparentality with a modernity recognized by many. .

Ten percent: how the series captured prime-time homosexual parenting - news series on tv
Christophe BRACHET – MONVOISIN PRODUCTIONS / MOTHER PRODUCTIONS / FTV

The time to say goodbye is approaching for the Ten Percent gang. The outcome of season 4, presented as the last, will be broadcast on France 2 next Wednesday and also marks the end of a prime-time program, bringing together a large audience, which has brought homoparentality to the fore, a strong subject and still relevant, because of the tensions around the bioethics law, framing the PMA and the GPA.

If there are of course other French series that have taken up the subject, like the daily Un Si Grand Soleil on France 2, or Parents Instructions for use on France 3 – not counting the American series, like the aptly named Modern Family-, it is clear that Dix Pour Cent has integrated it with modernity, commitment and a strong resonance, in particular in its season 3.

The New Parents Instructions for use: meeting with the first homoparental couple

Please note that the rest of the article contains spoilers.

Small reminder of the facts: one of the main twists of theater at the end of season 2 had indeed been the totally unexpected sexual relationship between Hicham (Assad Bouab) and Andréa Martel (Camille Cottin), assumed lesbian. This “one night stand” had allowed the young woman to get pregnant.

This strong rebound had also caused a lot of reaction on social networks, and the showrunner of the series Fanny Herrero was explained. in our columns : “I didn’t realize how important it was to have a lesbian heroine who became iconic within a community that was so unaccustomed to being portrayed in fiction, she told us for the broadcast of season 3. I did not measure that, although I was very proud of this character.

It unsettled me, I also felt a form of injustice because what we wanted to tell the team about Andréa was her transgressive, impulsive side, even with regard to her own camp. She is never where you expect her to be. But it was never a question for me of making her fall in love with a man. On the contrary, it was a way of making her come back to Colette. We knew what we wanted to say with Camille Cottin. “

It’s very easy to make a child and so hard to raise it

The outcome of season 3 then gave rise to a very strong sequence, which had been widely relayed on social networks, summarized in particular by this sentence pronounced by the character of Hicham: “It is very easy to make a child and so difficult to raise him.

Without detour, in this scene, the series testified in favor of the opening of the PMA to all the women. Ophélia Kolb, interpreter of Colette, had commented on the importance of this sequence and of her character, in a relationship with Andréa. At our microphone, she had expressed the pride of having been able to participate in highlighting this homoparental couple in prime-time on television:

I am really very, very proud of it. When I read the scripts and saw that Fanny Herrero and her team of writers had written these scenes and developed this subject, I was delighted. The fact that this homoparental couple had a child, the story of the adoption, of the parent who did not bear the child and is therefore non-biological, it is so complicated and so topical.

Lots of people have written to tell me that these are fights they are having and that they are happy that this is recognized throughout the series.

A lot of people have written to me telling me that these are fights they are having and that they are happy that this is recognized throughout the series. They even thank me, even though I’m not really responsible for it, I just played (laughs). Rather, it is the authors who should be thanked. But hey, I take the thanks with great pleasure. And I’m very proud to have been able to play these scenes, which have been relayed a lot on social networks I believe.

It is close to my heart because even if taboos are being lifted little by little, it is a struggle which is extremely hard for parents who are confronted with this. It’s hard to talk about it with family or in the workplace. So the fact of dealing with this subject at a prime time in an extremely popular series, if that can open minds and make people think differently and discuss it, so much the better. It’s scandalous that there are still people who think that a family is necessarily a mom and dad, when there are so many possibilities. What matters in raising a child is the love you give it.

Ten percent: how the series captured prime-time homosexual parenting - news series on tv

Christophe BRACHET – MONVOISIN PRODUCTIONS / MOTHER PRODUCTIONS / FTV

Camille Cottin and Ophelia Kolb in season 4 of Ten percent

This Ten Percent streak had even earned an article by Têtu bearing this title which says a lot: “the minute that is better on homoparentality than all the current debates”.

It is precisely in the LGBT media Stubborn that Camille Cottin returned more recently to the importance of his character in terms of representation: “Already today, when you play a woman, you have a small responsibility. There are questions that we must ask ourselves about what it tells, about the messages that it can convey. So indeed, we went through moments of questioning, especially after Andréa slept with Hicham. There have been concerns about that. Suddenly, in season 3, Fanny Herrero integrated this clumsiness and discussed a lot with people in order to rectify the situation so as, in the end, not to betray what was sincere in the first season. “

TV in the broad sense needs to continue to embody these models of modernity and which we need in terms of identification

Interrogated precisely on the representation of homoparentality, and the delay with which the subject is approached in France, the actress abounds: ” I don’t know how it goes on TVs elsewhere, but clearly yes, we are lagging behind on a lot of things. I don’t know if French TV lags behind the others, but in any case TV in the broad sense needs to continue to embody these models which are models of modernity and which we need in terms of identification.. “

> Season 4 of Dix Pour Cent continues on France 2 next Wednesday and is available in replay on Salto and the France.tv site

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