The world upside down by Stéphan Bureau: the debate as an antidote

The journalist is betting on a strong but respectful debate show, where the hot topics of the week will be tackled by his group of collaborators in the company of invited personalities.

This team of players brings together Guy Nantel, Louise DesChâtelets, Biz, Yasmine Abdelfadel, Gregory Charles, Sophie Durocher, Raed Hammoud and Richard Martineau. These people will visit the TV set alternately.

Players, because that’s the word I like, are people, friends that I invite to a sandbox to come and play. To be what they are and risk disagreeing on certain thingsexplains Stéphan Bureau.

We are going to debate, we are going to discuss, accepting that the tone can rise, but with the imperative of being able to laugh, and to laugh at us. »

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Another key ingredient of the show: the live, which will add a layer of authenticity and imperfection terribly human to all the people treading the plateau of the Upside-down worldaccording to Stephan Bureau.

The six people in a bright studio, where we see the name of the show on screens.

Biz, Yasmine Abdelfadel, Guy Nantel, Stéphan Bureau, Louise DesChâtelets and Sophie Durocher on the set of the show “Le monde à l’envers”.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Catherine Richer

Dissenting views

With his new television show, the host wants to promote free conversation and allow his audience to be exposed to dissenting views.

And I’m not thinking of Didier Raoult when I say that, he quickly adds. The facilitator had been blamed last year by the Radio-Canada ombudsman for his interview with the French microbiologist on his show Of coursea decision he then criticized on the air.

I think of all those who are outside the nails, who think differently, who take risks and who decide to assume their role as citizens by saying things that shock us. But why are we shocked at someone who takes the risk of saying what we perhaps don’t want to hear, or what we don’t hear? he asks.

While the host acknowledges that the current social climate is tense, especially with the Black Lives Matter movement (Black Lives Matter) and the COVID-19 pandemic, he maintains that it has often been so throughout history, recalling the mobilizations against the Vietnam War in the United States.

We are living in a wonderful time. […] Let’s defuse it by talking to each other. »

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Stéphan Bureau, in front of a microphone, in a studio with wooden walls.

Host Stephan Bureau

Photo: Radio-Canada

The debate above all

Among the collaborators of the program, all have the same watchword: to show the Quebec public that it is possible to discuss without yelling at each other, and without hating each otherexplains actress, host and columnist Louise DesChâtelets.

The doyenne of the show – a role she fully assumes – has the ambition to bring together the younger generation and the elderly, two groups that have more in common than it seems, according to her.

The more we [les personnes aînées] will be open to young people, the more young people will open up to us. It is a communicating vessel. It’s not hermetic, but it takes both to make the stepsays the one who knows Quebec society well because of her long career in the public eye.

There was good in the past, but there was also very bad, and it’s the same today. It is the fusion of the two that makes a society evolve for the better. »

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Louise DesChâtelets, smiling, on the set of the show 24 hours in 60 minutes.

Louise DesChâtelets will be part of the team of eight collaborators of the show “Le monde à l’envers”.

Photo: Radio-Canada

The member of the group Loco Locass Biz, he hopes to bring a historical angle to the debates, as well as a touch of humor and lightness to the show.

I want to demonstrate publicly that we are capable of disagreeing without jumping at each other’s throats and without pissing each other off. If we are able to do that, we will have achieved what we want to do with this show.he says.

The story is similar for comedian and author Guy Nantel, accustomed to debates and controversies, as evidenced by his web series Need to talk about it and his recent book The Offending Book.

It is not the fun to be caught up in a controversy, he said. Except that what is even less the fun, it is to prostitute oneself and to say something other than what one thinks so as not to have trouble. In my nature, I am not made like that.

Guy Nantel explains himself in an interview, both arms in the air, wearing a suit.

Guy Nantel in an interview with “Everyone talks about it” on ICI Télé

Photo: Radio-Canada / Karine Dufour

People may think that the goal is to shock, but not at all: I find that society benefits from listening to each other, confronting each other, not being OK, but let there still be a modicum of decorum and respect throughout all of this. That’s exactly the nature of the show [Le monde à l’envers].

The world upside down will be broadcast to the public and live every Friday at 8 p.m. on TVA and on QUB radio starting this week.

This text was written from of interviews conducted by Catherine Richercultural columnist on the show 15-18. Comments may have been edited for clarity and conciseness.

The world upside down by Stéphan Bureau: the debate as an antidote