Beauty pageant contestants.
(photo credit: DORON MATALON INSTAGRAM)
Jon Stewart took aim Tuesday night at the controversy over a selfie taken at the Miss Universe pageant by Miss Israel contestant Doron Matalon, which included the Lebanese contestant Saly Greige.
In a segment titled, War of the Poses, Stewart mocked the idea that Lebanese media was angry with their contestant for posing with Matalon, because "Lebanon and Israel are enemies."
"It's a beauty pageant-- they're all enemies!" the Jewish comedian quipped.
Miss Lebanon accused Miss Israel of "photo-bombing" her photo with Miss Japan and Miss Slovenia. To this Stewart exclaimed: "Does everything that happens between Middle Eastern countries have to be a bombing!"
Matalon took to Facebook on Sunday to address the controversy, saying that while she wasn't surprised by the incident, it "still makes me sad.
"Too bad you cannot put the hostility out of the game," she lamented, even for the duration of the three-week competition, an event she called "an experience of a lifetime [where] we can meet girls from around the world and from neighboring countr[ies]."
Miss Lebanon also took to Facebook to defend herself of against accusations of fraternizing with the enemy: "The truth behind the photo: Since the first day of my arrival to participate to Miss Universe, 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…this is what happened and I hope to have your full support in the Miss Universe contest," she wrote on Facebook.
The final round of the pageant will take place on Sunday, January 25.