“Slovenia and myself, suddenly Miss Israel jumped in, took a selfie, and put it on her social media.” So says Miss Lebanon now. But AFP says, “It shows Miss Israel with a beaming Miss Slovenia and Miss Japan, and Miss Lebanon, who appears to be gritting her teeth.” She doesn’t appear in the least unhappy to me, but your opinion may differ.
In any case, this silly kerfuffle shows that the jihad against Israel invades every part of life for people in the region. Saly Griege knows that if her participation in the Miss Universe pageant hasn’t already made the nation’s Muslims angry, this photo with Miss Israel would certainly send them over the edge. So she has to backpedal and be all OMG, she was totally grossed out that Miss Israel jumped into the picture.
“Miss Lebanon in hot water after selfie with Miss Israel,” AFP, January 18, 2015:
Beirut (AFP) – Miss Universe contestants are keen to proclaim their desire for world peace, but this year’s Miss Lebanon has declared war after claiming Miss Israel muscled in uninvited during a group “selfie.”
Saly Greige took to her Facebook page to declare that Israel’s Doron Matalon had pushed her way into a now widely-circulated photo showing the Middle Eastern beauties with Miss Japan and Miss Slovenia.
“Since the first day of my arrival to participate to Miss Universe, I was very cautious to avoid being in any photo or communication with Miss Israel (that tried several times to have a photo with me),” Greige wrote in English on her page.
“I was having a photo with Miss Japan, Miss Slovenia and myself, suddenly Miss Israel jumped in, took a selfie, and put it on her social media.”
The offending photo, taken in Miami where the Miss Universe pageant is staged, appeared on Matalon’s Instagram account on January 11.
It shows Miss Israel with a beaming Miss Slovenia and Miss Japan, and Miss Lebanon, who appears to be gritting her teeth.
Matalon responded to the controversy herself on Sunday, saying it made her “sad”.
“It doesn’t surprise me, but it still makes me sad. Too bad you can not put the hostility out of the game,” she wrote in English and Hebrew.
Lebanese media picked up the story, running Greige’s allegations that Matalon had “photobombed” the selfie, and local social media users both defended and attacked their beauty queen for the picture….