Miss France 2021 runner-up April Benayoum becomes a target of anti-Semitic comments online

21 Dec 2020 | Camilla Suarez

Miss France 2021 was held on 19th December 2020 at Puy du Fou in Les Epesses, Pays de la Loire where Miss Normandie 2020 Amandine Petit was crowned as the new Miss France 2021 and she will represent France at Miss Universe 2021/Miss World 2021. Clémence Botino of Guadeloupe crowned her successor at the end of the event finale. The event marked the centenary of beauty contests in France

Miss Provence 2020 April Benayoum was adjudged as the first runner-up and during an interview at the ceremony, Benayoum noted that her father had roots in Israel. She stated, "I myself have quite varied origins: my mother is Serbian-Croatian, and my father is Israeli-Italian,” and described herself as passionate about geography and the discovery of other cultures. Later, she found herself as the subject of numerous anti-Semitic comments on social networks after the revelation of her father’s Israeli origin that triggered strong reactions from the political class.



Some people on social media demanded to boycott her candidacy because of her ancestry i.e., Israeli. The comments included, "Uncle Hitler forgot to exterminate", "Do not vote for Miss Provence. Reason: she is JEWISH ", " Miss Provence has just lost just by saying that her father is from Israel,” and much more. While some people supported her and mentioned that she is representing a French province and not Jewish.

After the diva was the subject of the numerous anti-Semitic comments, she responded, "I find it sad that we are still there in 2020, we must mobilize to stop it. I did not try to provoke anyone, France is a cosmopolitan country, the Misses come from 'different origins, different cultures, different regions and that is what is beautiful about this competition.”



Minister of Citizenship Marlene Schiappa also tweeted that the beauty competition is “not a contest of anti-Semitism. All my support to April Benayoum, target of anti-Semitic remarks and an incredible violence all evening after evoking her origins.”

The production company Endemol and TF1, which broadcast the event, also offered harsh words for the tweets, saying they “condemn the hateful and anti-Semitic remarks made yesterday evening on social networks” that attacked Benayoum.

Miss France 2021 Amandine Petit also supporting her court queen said that she is extremely disappointed with the inappropriate remarks against the diva and she has her support in such tough times.