Lost in translation?

Bridgett Bardot is on trial in France. Apparently her crime is “inciting racial hatred”. I loath racism, however disliking people or even hating people shouldn’t be a crime. Nor should saying you dislike or hate people. It doesn’t make it nice, it doesn’t make it the moral thing to do but since when should any government be the one to decide which speech is appropriate?

I keep wondering if it’s just translated incorrectly but they keep saying her “crime” was this statement: “I am fed up with being under the thumb of this population which is destroying us, destroying our country and imposing its acts“. Now, I’m pretty sure that ethnicity or culture does not constitute a race. I didn’t see anything stating that she had any problem at all with Arabs or any race, she is making a complaint about the culture and how the Muslim community is conducting itself. As for context, I did find other examples of her complaining about Islam, which is a religion not a race. One could argue she is a xenophobe but since when should that be a crime? Ultimately her crime was that she had the audacity to complain about Muslims.

Keep in mind that this is the country that well known 9/11 conspiracy theories and anti-semitic documents originated from. Not only has she been tried multiple times but others have been fined for such statements as “The defendant pits the French against the Muslims … and attempts to arouse … a feeling of rejection and hostility towards the Muslim community”. As this link alludes to, how can you even engage in a conversation on the subject? You can’t, you are just supposed to keep your head down…

Link: Brigitte Bardot on trial

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