Posted on November 8, 2021

Brigitte Bardot Is Handed Her Sixth Fine for “Inciting Racial Hatred”

Erin Vanderhoof, Vanity Fair, November 5, 2021

Two years after writing an open letter where she called residents of Réunion island, a French territory in the Indian Ocean, “degenerate savages,” French actor Brigitte Bardot has been fined 20,000 euros, about $23,000, by a French court for “inciting racial hatred,” according to the New York Post. Her spokesperson, Bruno Jacquelin, was also fined for his role in disseminating her letter to news organizations, the Post added {snip}

In the 2019 letter, Bardot claimed that the Réunionese slaughtered goats inhumanely, calling them “natives [who] have kept their savage genes” and “a degenerate population still soaked in barbarous ancestral traditions” that evoke the “cannibalism of past centuries” {snip}

The 87-year-old actor, known for her long modeling career and for movie roles including 1956’s And God Created Woman, has been fined five previous times for comments attacking Islam and its followers, according to the New York Post. She was most recently fined 15,000 euros in 2008 for a letter about animal slaughter that she wrote to Nicolas Sarkozy, which referred to Muslims as “this population that is destroying us, destroying our country by imposing its acts” {snip}