Bardot Convicted of Inciting Racial Hatred


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mr_dove
June 10, 2004, 05:13 PM
http://entertainment.msn.com/movies/article.aspx?news=160827

The Associated Press


PARIS -- A Paris court on Thursday convicted former film starlet Brigitte Bardot of inciting racial hatred for portraying Muslims in a negative light in a book, comparing them, as the court said, to "invaders, cruel and barbaric."

Bardot and her publishing house, Editions du Rocher, were fined $6,050 each. She had risked a year in jail.

Bardot, 69, a 1960s sex kitten who became an ardent animal rights campaigner, was not present for the verdict.

At a hearing in May, she told the court that she never meant to harm anyone with her book, "Un cri dans le silence" (A Cry in the Silence), published last year.

"I never knowingly wanted to hurt anybody. It is not in my character. If I did hurt someone, I'm sorry," Bardot said in May.

In her book, Bardot denounced the "infiltration" of France by Islamic extremists and criticized the ritual slaughter of sheep during Muslim religious ceremonies. She also described what she called the "Islamization of France."

Bardot had previously been found guilty on similar charges.

The court found that the actress had presented Muslims as "invaders, barbaric and cruel, responsible for terrorist acts, wishing to subdue the French people to the point of extermination."

This could lead the reader to "reject members of the Muslim community through hate and violence," the court concluded in its ruling.

The fine is to be paid to two anti-racism groups who had filed the complaint.

During her May trial, Bardot said that her book — which topped France's nonfiction best-seller list last year — was but a simple critique of the religious practices of Muslims and a denunciation of those terrorist attacks committed by Islamists.

"Among Muslims, I think there are some who are very good and some hoodlums, like everywhere," she said at the time.



I sometimes forget that other countries don't have the first amendment. Anyone know statistics on what countries have anything similar to the Bill of Rights?

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Jeeper
June 10, 2004, 05:17 PM
It really is amazing what a complete lack of freedom of speech and expression exists in france.

El Tejon
June 10, 2004, 05:20 PM
Something smells Vichy!:D

mr_dove
June 10, 2004, 05:23 PM
At least the judgment was small. In the US she would have been fined Millions.

Erich
June 10, 2004, 05:32 PM
Tejon, :D

Wow, when I saw this story this morning, I thought about how much we take the First Amendment for granted.

El Tejon
June 10, 2004, 05:41 PM
Erich, the Europeans have what rights the king gives them. We have what rights the police find convenient.:D

nico
June 10, 2004, 07:50 PM
is it ironic to anyone else that this ruling took place in the same country where muslim girls aren't allowed to wear scarfs in public schools anymore? Apparently "inciting racial hatred" is illegal, but practicing racial hatred isn't? :rolleyes:

Moparmike
June 10, 2004, 08:12 PM
The court found that the actress had presented Muslims as "invaders, barbaric and cruel, responsible for terrorist acts, wishing to subdue the French people to the point of extermination."Well, if I read the article right, the extremist segment of the Muslim world are responsible for those heinous acts, and do wish harm upon all "infadels". Its not like she declared that we should go on a jihad against all of Islam.


I really dont get the reactions of some people when people point out facts for what they are. God forbid if someone points out that non-white people are trying to commit genocide because of a doctorine or dogma they subscribe to. Anglo-Saxons dont have a monopoly on hate.:rolleyes: :banghead:

HankB
June 10, 2004, 08:36 PM
The Froggies ought to scour their history books to eliminate hate words from the 1940's like boche.

Standing Wolf
June 10, 2004, 10:36 PM
It really is amazing what a complete lack of freedom of speech and expression exists in france.

It's by no means a recent development.

Monkeyleg
June 10, 2004, 11:45 PM
Well, there's hairy Islamo-facists, and then there's women like Brigette Bardot.

I know where my vote's going.

westex
June 11, 2004, 12:26 AM
I think she's probably gone off the deep end with her animal rights stuff but in her younger days she could have excited anything that wasn't dead.

If Purcells or Bird had said anything in France it would have been guillotine time.

By the way, why do people who speak their minds on any subject always feel it necessary to start apologizing when the thought police stick their noses in? Doesn't anyone have cojones any more? Male or female? :fire:

JPL
June 11, 2004, 01:41 AM
The problem is, she's right.

France is facing growing problems with Muslim radicals and they're scared stiff about it.

Orthonym
June 11, 2004, 02:09 AM
and who won the battle of Tours?

Logistics
June 11, 2004, 10:29 AM
Don't let John McCain get ahold of this article. He'll be on the first flight over to brush up on his 1st ammendment limiting blissninny for the children bills.........

And no I am not kidding either..........Just a matter of time.

:barf: :barf:

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