Dieudonne loses appeal over $150,000 fine from parody of Holocaust survivor's song

By JTA
June 14, 2015 22:56

 
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The French comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala lost his appeal over the parody of a song by a French Jewish singer and Holocaust survivor.

The country’s highest appeals court on Thursday upheld the ruling by the French Supreme Court in January and tacked on an additional daily fine for his not removing the parody from online venues. In total, the fine comes to more than $146,000.

Dieudonne, who has been convicted seven times for inciting racial hatred against Jews, changed the song by the late Barbara from “The Black Eagle” to “The Black Rat.” He reportedly called the singer “crazy.”

Her descendants argued that the parody was anti-Semitic in nature and humiliated the artist, who died in 1997, the French daily Le Figaro reported.

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