BB … Brigitte Bardot …

BB … I don’t think anyone has to ask who’s she/he? No, I must correct that: they probably wouldn’t know who BB is in Timbuktu or Tibet. But, in case you’ve been locked in a cellar without television these past 60-odd years, BB is Brigitte Bardot and she’s going to be 74 on 28 September […]

BB … I don’t think anyone has to ask who’s she/he? No, I must correct that: they probably wouldn’t know who BB is in Timbuktu or Tibet.

But, in case you’ve been locked in a cellar without television these past 60-odd years, BB is Brigitte Bardot and she’s going to be 74 on 28 September and she keeps on being charged with *provoking discrimination and racial hatred* for what she comes out with.

A Paris court has just fined her €15,000 ($23,100:₤11,850) again for remarks she’d made in her animal protection quarterly newsletter. (I’m not going to repeat them here.)

This was her fourth conviction on the same charge, but her lawyer, François-Xavier Kelidjian, says that she won’t be silenced. “She has the impression that people want to silence her. She will not be silenced in her defense of animal rights.”

Her first conviction was in 1997 for racial comments published in the Paris daily, ‘Le Figaro’. The following year she spoke out about the growing number of mosques here in France; she said they were silencing France’s church bells (and that makes me think when last have I heard a church bell ring).

In 1999, she wrote a book ‘Pluto’s Square’ – Le Carré de Pluton – and again carried on about Muslims and how they slaughter sheep and again she ended up in court and was convicted.

Two years later (2001) she was back in court for an open letter she had written to the people of France. “My country, my France, my homeland, my land is again invaded by an overpopulation of foreigners, especially Muslims,” she wrote and again she was found guilty.

Then, in her 2003 book, ‘A Scream in the Silence’, she really let loose and carried on about the ‘islamicization of France’ and blaming immigrants and gays for all France’s problems.

But Brigitte Bardot – she’s called Madame Bardot these days here – has never been someone to sit quietly in the corner while others were having their say on the podium. Like once she said that she was against marriage and didn’t care ‘a fig’ for society. Of Saint Tropez, the Glam and Glitz HQ each summer, and which, it must be said, she put on the map, she said: “I am leaving the town to the invaders: increasingly numerous, mediocre, dirty, badly behaved, shameless tourists.” Couldn’t really blame her for letting off steam then because tour operators were offering trips on motorboats to her villa, La Madrague.

By the way the ‘Madame’ is the French way of showing respect to someone who is no longer so young. It was Madame Coco Chanel for example, and it is Madame Jeanne Moreau too.

Much has been written about Madame Bardot’s wrinkled face. I find her quite lovely looking: with the grey-blond hair piled on top of her head and the round face and full lips, she reminds me of those dusty porcelain dolls in faded crinoline dresses one sees in windows of antique shops.

Once she earned France as much money as the country’s perfume and arms industry and this General de Gaulle acknowledged …

Remind me of something someone used to say to me: “Marilyn, we must all die young like Marilyn Monroe because that way we will always be remembered as handsome or beautiful”. True… true …

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

6 Responses to “BB … Brigitte Bardot …”

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    Anonymous Says:

    Also,althought she doesn’t look that great today,she didn’t have plastic surgery contrary to the other old icons which is respectable.
    And it’s a good thing that she is a animal activist.

  2. 5
    Anonymous Says:

    Of course i remember her.Come on,she was one of the most beautiful bombshell.Her style is still copied nowadays(for ex by Kate moss,Amy Winehouse…)

  3. 4
    Anonymous Says:

    BB was gorgeous!!

  4. 3
    Johann Waters Says:

    BB — the stuff dreams *were* made of.
    Johann Waters

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    Silly Yak Tales Says:

    Well, Madame Marilyn Tomlins, I too remember BB. But then we are all over 20 years old, I am not sure even my son would know who she is.

    She played the roles of dumb blonde sex kittens and then she went not so quietly into the night. She showed she was more than a pretty dumb face by standing up for animals. However, like many who were and still are in the business she feels the need to be in the attention loop even tho sometimes going about it in the wrong way.

    It is still good that she is for animal rights and I am with her on that. Yes, she would hate that I do things with leather. I have two sides to this, I am not for killing animals and do not eat any read meat. However, they are going to kill cows and pigs anyway so the idea is to use everything and waste nothing. I look at it as I am not wasting anything.

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    Jo Says:

    Well do I remember Brigitte Bardot. I am not sure she is known much on this side of the pond. I also remember, and still have recordings of, Sacha Distel who was a heart throb of mine once upon a time. Then there was Je t’aime which I thought was one of the sexiest pieces of music I had ever heard. Jane Birken I think.

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