Brigitte Bardot’s Islamophobia and anti-Semitism

Brigitte Bardot with headscarf in the 1950s

From AFP news agency in France:

Bardot rails against Muslim, Jewish animal slaughter

– Tue Jan 4 [2011], 10:49 am ET

PARIS – Former screen idol Brigitte Bardot and other animal rights activists on Tuesday launched a poster campaign in France to end Jewish and Islamic ritual slaughter of animals.

“I can no longer accept that in order to please a god animals have their throats slit like in the Middle Ages without being stunned beforehand, when we have modern methods to prevent animals suffering,” the 76-year-old Bardot told AFP.

The Brigitte Bardot Foundation and six other rights groups are planning to put up more than 2,000 posters across France sporting a picture of a cow’s head and a text denouncing ritual slaughter.

France is home to Europe’s biggest Muslim minority, estimated at between five and six million, and to the continent’s biggest Jewish community, believed to number up to 700,000.

What this AFP item does not mention is that Ms Bardot now is a supporter of the neo-fascist Front National.

Her campaign is based on hatred of Jews and Muslims rather than on genuine concern about animal welfare.

Already in the 1930s, anti-Semites hid their racist poison behind an “animal welfare” smokescreen. Their 21st century heirs have learned this trick, now not just against Jews, but against Muslims as well.

Jewish Swiss author Charles Lewinsky has noted that in the 1930s Swiss government anti-ritual slaughter policies were supposedly pro-animal welfare, but in fact anti-Semitic. The first anti-Semitic measure after Hitler’s nazis had invaded the Netherlands in 1940 was banning shechita slaughter.

Like anti-Semites use shechita as a pretext, Muslim bashers use Islamic halal slaughter (similar to kosher slaughter in many ways) as a pretext.

Singling out religious minorities like Jews or Muslims for supposedly being worse anti-animal than others does not help animals, but helps racists.

In France, like elsewhere in the world, millions of animals suffer in the commercial animal processing and animal transportation industries. The bosses in these industries are usually neither Muslim nor Jewish. And you don’t hear Ms Bardot about them.

Britain: Islamophobia has become “socially acceptable”, warns Warsi: here.

Roger Stockham, a 63-year-old Army veteran from California who was reportedly angry at the U.S. government, was arrested by police in Michigan and charged with allegedly threatening to blow up a Mosque in Dearborn: here.

Chris Hedges, Truthdig: “News personalities, politicians, self-appointed experts on the Muslim world, and law enforcement and intelligence officials, as well as the Christian right, have successfully demonized Muslims in the United States since the attacks of 2001. It is acceptable to say things openly about Muslims that could never be said about any other ethnic group. And as the economy continues to unravel, as we face the possibility of revenge attacks by Islamic extremists, perhaps on American soil, the plight of Muslims is beginning to mirror that of targeted ethnic minority groups on the eve of the war in the former Yugoslavia, or Jews in the dying days of the Weimar Republic”: here.

Sierra Leone: Muslim women fight against discrimination: here.

New Report on Islamophobia from the Council on American Islamic Relations: here.

The Right Wing’s Election-Year Islamophobia. John Feffer, TomDispatch: “Those who fervently believe that Barack Obama is a Muslim generally practice their furtive religion in obscure recesses of the Internet. Once in a while, they’ll surface in public to remind the news media that no amount of evidence can undermine their convictions”: here.

Muslim civil rights advocates and other civil liberties supporters denounced New York Mayor Bloomberg and police commissioner Kelly over an Islamophobic film shown to 1,500 police officers: here.

An officially commissioned study on Muslims has become the occasion for a renewed campaign against immigrant communities in Germany: here.


31 thoughts on “Brigitte Bardot’s Islamophobia and anti-Semitism

  1. tuer des poisons cest aussi pas beau a voire cest normal des voire ca et de contester ils faut pas manger de la viand et surtout ne pas regarder’ concernant le Hall et le Kosher il faudra changer les ecrit de la Bible’ et ca ”” ca va durer encore 5000 mille ans succes Brgite Bardo elle ne pas Moral dans ca vie’. elle a tous faits la plus Belle femme du monde tres sexy ‘et pas trop inteligent ‘ cest mieux quelle s ocuppe de ca famille de son fils et des ces annimaux domestique’ et de sa santer bisous BrigiteBardo


  2. PMC on January 5, 2011 at 6:37 am said:

    you are mistaken. miss bardot has spoken up for the animals hundreds of times… but seems that the press prefer to focus on religious and ethnic affairs, therefore the special coverage for this campaign…

    please visit:

    [UPDATE: that link to Ms Bardot’s site does not work anymore]

    (ps. i really like your blog, don;t take an issue. its just that on this case i felt compelled to point out what i know…)


  3. Administrator on January 5, 2011 at 11:48 am said:

    Re #1: indeed Ms Bardot has spoken out on animal issues.

    However, at least since 1992, when she married Bernard D’Ormale of the neo-nazi party Front National, she did this in a context of attacks on Muslims and other immigrants, Jews, gay people, and other far Right views.

    From the Wikipedia article on Ms Bardot:

    In a book she wrote in 1999, called “Le Carré de Pluton” (Pluto’s Square), Bardot criticizes the procedure used in the ritual slaughter of sheep during the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha. Additionally, in a section in the book entitled, Open Letter to My Lost France, Bardot writes: “…my country, France, my homeland, my land is again invaded by an overpopulation of foreigners, especially Muslims.”. For this comment, a French court fined her 30,000 francs in June 2000. She had previously been fined in 1997 for the original publication of this open letter in Le Figaro and again 1998 for making similar remarks.[21][25][26]

    In her 2003 book, Un cri dans le silence (“A Scream in the Silence”), she warned of an “Islamicization of France”, and said of Muslim immigration:

    Over the last twenty years, we have given in to a subterranean, dangerous, and uncontrolled infiltration, which not only resists adjusting to our laws and customs but which will, as the years pass, attempt to impose its own.[27]

    In May 2003, the Movement Against Racism and for Friendship between Peoples (MRAP) announced they were going to sue Bardot for the comments.[citation needed] The “Ligue des droits de l’homme” (Human Rights League) announced they were considering similar legal proceedings.[26]

    In the book, she also made comparisons of her close gay friends to today’s homosexuals who, “jiggle their bottoms, put their little fingers in the air and with their little castrato voices moan about what those ghastly heteros put them through” and that some contemporary homosexuals behave like “fairground freaks”. …

    Bardot’s book was also against “the mixing of genes”; made attacks on modern art, which Bardot equated with “shit”; drew similarities between French politicians and weather vanes; and compared her own beliefs with previous generations who had “given their lives to push out invaders”.

    On 10 June 2004, Bardot was again convicted by a French court for “inciting racial hatred” and fined €5,000, the fourth such conviction/fine the French courts gave her.[31] Bardot denied the racial hatred charge and apologized in court, saying: “I never knowingly wanted to hurt anybody. It is not in my character.”[32]

    In 2008, she was once more convicted of inciting racial/religious hatred in relation to a letter she wrote, a copy of which she sent to Nicolas Sarkozy when he was Interior Minister of France. The letter stated her objections to Muslims in France ritually slaughtering sheep by slitting their throats without anesthetizing them first but also expressed that she was “fed up with being under the thumb of this population which is destroying us, destroying our country and imposing its habits” in reference to Muslims. The trial[33] concluded on 3 June 2008, with a conviction and fine of 15,000 Euros, the largest of her fines to date. The prosecutor stated that she was tired of charging Bardot with offences related to racial hatred.


  4. Administrator on February 23, 2011 at 8:06 pm said:

    Rights groups sue over mosque spy

    UNITED STATES: Two rights groups sued the FBI on Tuesday, claiming that one of the agency’s former informants was ordered to target Muslim citizens for surveillance when he infiltrated a California mosque.

    The ACLU and the Council on American-Islamic Relations allege that ex-FBI informant Craig Monteilh violated citizens’ constitutional rights to freedom of religion by conducting “indiscriminate surveillance.”

    They want class-action status, damages and for the FBI to destroy or return the information gathered.


  5. Administrator on March 17, 2011 at 7:33 pm said:

    Muslim woman kicked off flight

    UNITED STATES: A US citizen who was kicked off a domestic flight to San Diego for wearing a headscarf warned on Wednesday that her ordeal was symptomatic of rising Islamophobia in her country.

    Irum Abbasi was removed after an attendant thought she heard her say “It’s a go” on her mobile phone.

    Local Council on American-Islamic Relations activist Hanif Mohebi said the group is seeing an increase in anti-Muslim attitudes.

    “It is sad to see people acting out of fear, not having enough information.”


  6. Muslim bullying victim wins payout

    UNITED STATES: A California jury has awarded $465,000 (£297,000) to a security guard who was subjected to Islamophobic bullying by his supervisor and a co-workers.

    Victim Abas Idris said a supervisor told him that Muslims kill people and that a fellow security guard referred to him as a “goddamn terrorist” and an al-Qaida member who couldn’t be trusted.


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