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Brigitte Bardot Sued For 'Racist' Comments

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By    |   Thursday, 21 March 2019 12:42 PM

Actress Brigitte Bardot is being sued  for comments that are called racist and offensive.  The animal rights activist and iconic actress is facing a lawsuit from the highest-ranking official on the French island of  Réunion for using "racist" language in a letter that attacked the island’s inhabitants over their treatment of animals.

"The natives have kept their savage genes," the 84-year-old wrote in a scathing open letter to the prefect of Réunion, Page Six reported.

The former film star, who has become a fierce campaigner for animal rights over the years, wrote the letter as a call to end the mistreatment of animals on Réunion. However, rather than have the intended effect, the correspondence prompted officials to file a lawsuit against Bardot Wednesday.

"This letter contains terms that are offensive and racist toward the inhabitants of Reunion," prefect Amaury de Saint-Quentin said in a statement, according to Reuters.

Bardot not only sent the letter to the government official but also sent it to the media. She described the island population as "aboriginals who have kept the genes of savages" and termed them a "degenerate population".

Bardot sparked outrage from officials across the island and as far as Paris.

"Ordinary racism has no place in the exchange of opinions," said France's Minister of Overseas Territories Annick Girardin while president of the lower house of parliament in Paris, Richard Ferrand, expressed his "contempt" for Bardot's comments.

In her letter, Bardot described Réunion as a "demonic isle" and accused its people of cruelty to dogs, cats and other animals, Page Six noted. There have been multiple reports of animal cruelty on the island over the years and many animal welfare organizations have attempted to bring the topic into the spotlight.

In 2017 reports emerged that Réunion officials were planning a decree that would allow the shooting on sight of stray dogs.

"After the authorization of the poisoning and trapping of stray cats, it is now the dogs that are in the sights of the authorities of the Réunion Island," wrote animal protection organization, One Voice.

There also have been reports, confirmed by the Brigitte Bardot Foundation, which is dedicated to animal protection, that live animals were being used as bait on the French island.

As of Thursday, Bardot’s lawyer has not released formal comment and the Brigitte Bardot Foundation said the actress had written the letter as a personal initiative, Page Six said.

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Actress Brigitte Bardot is being sued for comments that are called racist and offensive. The animal rights activist and iconic actress is facing a lawsuit from the highest-ranking official on the French island of Réunion for using "racist" language in a letter that...
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