Thursday, March 1, 2012

Natalie Portman ad stirs up Beirut bloggers

An ad campaign for top fashion design house Dior has landed Academy Award winner and Israeli-American actor Natalie Portman in trouble with Lebanese bloggers.

In a posting for The Juice, Soraya Roberts, reports that a 50-foot billboard displayed in Beirut has drawn criticism from local anti-Israel bloggers.

"Since each contact with an Israeli occupation in Lebanon is considered a crime, you do not think hanging a poster size of 15 meters with the Zionist Jerusalem is illegal?" one blogger wrote.

Though this is not Portman's first billboard in the city (her topless Miss Dior perfume ad reportedly went up in the city in June 2011), it is the first criticism aimed at the star.

Portman became the spokesperson for Dior two years ago after winning an Academy Award for her role as a disturbed ballet dancer in "Black Swan." She appears in two ads for the company: the aforementioned Miss Dior perfume ad and a Diorskin promo in which she reclines in a gauzy top.
In March 2011, the 30-year-old actress distanced herself from Dior designer John Galliano after he was recorded making anti-Semitic remarks.
"As an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way," she said at the time, although she had previously posed with Galiano on the red carpet.
As a teenager in 1997, Portman played the eponymous heroine of the holocaust in "The Diary of Anne Frank" onstage in New York; more recently, the actress starred in "Free Zone," the 2005 film about a Jewish-American woman who takes a journey to the Free Zone with a Jewish cab driver and a Palestinian woman.

Beloved for the many memorable roles she has stepped into on and off of the big screen, Natalie Portman should continue to hold her head high in the face of the negative blogger comments. The majority of people around the world respect how poised, professional and principled she continues to be.

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