For those of you unfamiliar with the 60s in France, Brigitte Bardot was a HUGE movie star and singer. She became a sex symbol especially through Roger Vadim’s film And God Created Woman (am I showing my age??) and the best songwriters composed for her. After the “refrigerator stars” of the 40s and 50s in French cinema (gorgeous women with no sensuality), Brigitte Bardot was obviously sexual and the directors of the French New Wave welcome the liberation from the old canons of femininity.
Not only that, but Bardot had guts. During the Algerian conflict, a far-right group threatened her. In response, she wrote an op-ed in a large-distribution newspaper to basically tell them to go f!@# themselves.
She ended her career early and rather abruptly, then became an animal rights activist. Then, became super racist and married a guy from the National Front, the fascist party. And it’s all downhill from there. Yesterday (via Le Monde), and for the fifth time, she was convicted of “incitation to racial hatred” and 15,000.00 Euros (three times what she had to pay the last time). She has it in for the Muslims and she has made comments to the effect that we’re being invaded. The sad thing is, she makes a valid point (animals should not be bled to death during the Muslim holiday of Aïd el-Kébir), but she can’t shut up and has to go on and on about the Muslims.
Oh, and she does not like homosexuals either. Sad to get old like that. Personally, I prefer to remember her like this: