Doron Matalon should’ve kept this selfie to herself.
A seemingly innocent photo of four women smiling at the Miss Universe beauty contest has sparked international outrage. The incident began after Miss Israel (Matalon) took a selfie with Miss Lebanon, Saly Greige, and two other contestants during some downtime. The problem? Lebanese television station Al Jadeed later condemned the photo, saying that Greige should have remembered that Lebanon and Israel are sworn enemies.
Well on behalf of Miss Lebanon, sorrrry! Greige should’ve snubbed her pageant counterpart while she had the chance, instead of trying to demonstrate that supposed enemies can be friends — how foolish. Let’s take a look at this photo for ourselves:
Are you as offended by this filth as we are? Thought so.
Perhaps in response to the mounting pressures at home, Greige later took to social media and defended herself, saying that she was just trying to snap a photo with Miss Japan and Miss Slovenia when “suddenly Miss Israel jumped in, took a selfie, and put it on her social media.”
How unspeakable! A fist fight would’ve been more appropriate.
The Miss Universe Organization, appearing to be the only sane person in the room, deplored the controversy in a statement released Monday.
“It is unfortunate to know a photo of four smiling women from different parts of the world, working together at an event, could be misconstrued as anything other than what it is, a celebration of universal friendship, which the Miss Universe Pageant is all about.”
Matalon also expressed similar feelings on her Facebook page Sunday, saying she wished the “hostility” could be forgotten during the pageant.
Too bad, because it looks like some people would rather cling to it.