There’s been a string of victories for minorities on Israeli reality TV – does it mean anything?
There are probably a lot of people in Israel today who are really proud of their country. Last night, a Filipina cleaning lady won the final of the Israeli X-Factor – one of the highest rating shows in the country. Israelis are probably saying to themselves: “See, we just voted for a 47-year-old, lesbian Filipina – have you ever seen such a liberal and modern society?”
And, it’s not the first time Israelis have voted en masse for a minority figure in the top reality shows.
Sorry to rain on your parade, but the problem is that the love Israelis show for those people pretty much ends there.
I mean, Rose Fostanes had a pretty good night singing Sinatra.
But in the morning, Filipino children better be careful not to be taken from their homes, arrested and deported by Israeli authorities.
Sure, Tahuniya, the beautiful model of Ethiopian descent was a refreshing win for the Israeli version of Big Brother,
And another Ethiopian representative, Hagit Yaso, won a couple of years ago Israel’s “A Star is Born” (our American Idol),
And even though it’s not exactly a reality show, Titi Aynaw last year was anointed Miss Israel,
But let’s just hope all three of them won’t have any problems finding a place to live, since some neighborhoods in Israel don’t really like black people.
And how can we forget the amazing Lina Makhoul, a Christian Arab who dazzled us with her angelic voice in the Israeli “The Voice” and beat everyone at the finals.
Well, I don’t really have to tell you about discrimination against Arabs in Israel, do I?
Bottom line? Israelis love their minorities looking gorgeous and singing beautifully. Not when they demand their rights.