Miss Universe selfie photo stirs controversy

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Beauty queen selfie sparks diplomatic row between Miss Israel and Miss Lebanon.

The international beauty pageant may need to add a diplomatic relations competition after Miss Lebanon Saly Greige accused Miss Israel of trying several times to have a picture taken with her.BEIRUT — A Israeli beauty queen’s selfie has caused a stir in Lebanon, with some Lebanese saying their country’s contestant at the Miss Universe pageant should be stripped of her title for consorting with the enemy.

Saly Greige was pictured smiling alongside Miss Israel, Doron Matalon, Miss Slovenia and Miss Japan in Miami ahead of the pageant this week in a photograph posted on the Israeli’s Instagram site. But many Lebanese citizens are upset at their representative for a appearing with the Israeli since the two countries are technically at war and have had multiple military battles in their history. 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. Israel fought a bloody war against Lebanon’s Hezbollah in 2006, which killed more than 1,200 people in Lebanon, mostly civilians, and some 160 Israelis, mostly soldiers.

The appearance of Ms Matalon’s photograph, captioned “Good morning from us!”, prompted a wave of condemnation of Ms Greige on social media with the hashtag “two words for Miss Lebanon” trending on Twitter over the weekend, according to Lebanon’s Daily Star newspaper. Matalon responded to the controversyon her Instagram page Sunday morning.She did not respond to the allegations she had been stalking Greige, but said the situation makes her feel sad. “It doesn’t surprise me, but it still makes me sad.

And if you were harassed like you say, you could have at least avoided the huge smile [we see] on your face.” Some called for the Miss Lebanon title to be taken from Ms Greige. Too bad you cannot put the hostility out of the game, only for three weeks of an experience of a lifetime that we can meet girls from around the world and also from the neighboring country,”she wrote.

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