Winter Warmer

As my last post showed a half-naked man, then in the interests of balance, I’ve decided to write a post about Brigitte Bardot, the woman who made the bikini fashionable.

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Bardot is a ‘Marianne’, an icon of the French Republic, someone unafraid to speak her mind; a woman who abandoned her acting career to live with her menagerie of animals in Saint-Tropez, devoting her life to the causes of vegetarianism and animal rights, long before these became fashionable causes célèbres for the Hollywood Set.  It is easy to criticise Bardot and many may see her as just a wealthy elderly woman living near the Côte d’Azur, with its tan-to-cancer beaches and locals who look like they have been bred for their leather, speaking controversially in the safe knowledge that she can afford lawyers to fight any prosecutions against her for her views; also knowing that her iconic status affords her a certain degree of impunity.

Bardot’s objection to the barbarity of Halal and Kosher slaughter methods has drawn criticism from the Regressive Left to whom she is ‘racist’, when her views on this matter are in reality ‘culturalist’; and praise from the whiter-than-white snowflakes of the Alt-Right, a large proportion of whom are gun-toting, pro-hunting rednecks, hostile to her support for vegetarianism and animal rights.  If Bardot’s views on religious slaughter are ‘xenophobic’, then her opposition to the inherent cruelty of force-feeding ducks and geese for the production of foie gras; and her opposition to bullfighting, which is still practised in Languedoc, must be similarly ‘prejudiced’ against French culture, given that France is not exactly renowned for its adherence to animal welfare standards, let alone animal rights.  Bardot’s views on these matters are consistent (just like those of Morrissey, one of our most famous old curmudgeons, who has also in the past been accused of ‘racism’).

It is Bardot’s support for Marine Le Pen, whom she compared to Jeanne d’Arc, which is where she has drawn the most criticism.  If Bardot’s support is unconditional, then that criticism is deserved, as it is unlikely that Marine Le Pen would pay anything more than lip service to the causes to which Bardot has dedicated her life, as it would damage Le Pen’s electoral campaign among conservatives to do so.  That Bardot is willing to speak out, when feminists are unwilling to do so, against Islam, a religion which subordinates women, is itself a good thing, but that doesn’t mean that she should compromise her other views by allying herself with pro-hunting conservatives.  As an aside, a couple of years ago, French politician Nadine Morano used the above photograph on her Facebook page to campaign against women wearing burkas at the beach (this was slightly before the advent of the ‘burkini’ and the ‘controversy’ about that).  As Bardot is now an octogenarian, presumably Morano wouldn’t expect her to wear a bikini in order to prove her secular, patriotic credentials in the service of the republic.

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