The Voice (UK) is reporting that the 2014 Miss France Flora Coquerel, 19, has been receiving racist threats via social media platforms. Rakesha Hudson writes:
“According to French media organisations TF1, Gala, and Le Télégramme there was over 1.1 million tweets on Twitter the night she won, including some horrific racist tweets.
One person tweeted: ‘I’m not a racist but shouldn’t the Miss France contest only be open to white girls?’
Another tweet simply said: ‘Fuck, a n***er’
According to French media, the most popular hashtags that night were ‘shame’, ‘black’, and ‘n***er’.
Numerous articles claimed Coquerel’s victory was ‘surfing on the Nelson Mandela wave’, implying there was a pro-black agenda in because he had just passed away, reported Elle online.
The 19-year-old, whose mother is from the West African state of Benin, insisted that France is happily ‘mixed’ was chosen by a combination of public votes and a celebrity jury.”
Unfortunately Ms. Coquerel isn’t the only pageant winner in recent years to receive such threats. 2014 Miss America winner Nina Davuluri, who is Indian-American, received racist Tweets following her pageant win. In 2000, Rwandan-born Sonia Rolland won the Miss France pageant and received 3000 ‘negative’ letters.
Read more at Hello Beautiful.