It’s official, selfies have now crossed over into the exciting world of politics. After Doron Matalon (Miss Israel) posted a photo of herself with Miss Lebanon, Miss Slovenia, and Miss Japan on Instagram, Lebanese beauty queen Saly Greige faced calls for her to be stripped of her title for posing in the picture with Matalon. Lebanon and Israel have been bitter enemies for years. Although the Miss Universe pageant has never been the place for international issues the posting of the photo on Instagram has brought political attention to it.
Lebanon, has a law forbidding its citizens from fraternizing with Israelis. Last week, this year’s Miss Israel Doron Matalon posted a photo on Instagram featuring herself alongside Saly Griege, this year’s Miss Lebanon, and her fellow contestants from Japan and Slovenia.
Griege claimed that she had been the victim of a sinister photobomb, writing on Facebook and Instagram, “I was very cautious to avoid being in any photo or communication with Miss Israel (that tried several times to have a photo with me) … I was having a photo with Miss Japan, Miss Slovenia and myself; suddenly Miss Israel jumped in, took a selfie, and put it on her social media.”
Matalon responded with a Facebook post of her own, saying that Griege’s reaction “doesn’t surprise me, but it still makes me sad.” Addressing her rival, she added, “Too bad you can not 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.”
The New York Post reports that the Lebanese government has launched an investigation into the photo. The Miss Universe pageant is scheduled to take place Sunday in Miami. Unfortunate that these girls can’t enjoy this experience and not have to worry about what’s going on around them in the world while they try to live out their dreams.