A French Muslim woman has quit a TV singing competition amid criticism of comments she posted on Facebook after Islamic extremist attacks in 2016.
Mennel Ibtissem drew nationwide attention for a moving performance Saturday on French TV program "The Voice" of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." A French-born woman of Syrian origin who wears a turban, Ibtissem notably sang one passage in Arabic.
In the ensuing days she drew criticism for Facebook messages posted after deadly attacks in Nice and Normandy in 2016. In one, she wrote "the real terrorist is our government."
She apologized, saying she was shaken by the attacks and by French authorities' failure to prevent them. But criticism continued, and she announced Friday that she quit the TV competition.
Supporters say Ibtissem is being unfairly targeted because she is Muslim.
The event formerly known as Home World has a new name and new location.Get totally inspired for spring as you find hundreds of ways to improve your home. Make your home the one you really want. Show open daily duringmall hours. Admission is free!
Landscaping and Outdoors
Get ready for Spring and Summer and transform your outdoor space into something that feels like you’re on vacation
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Meet Barry Williams from The Brady Bunch
Join us as we welcome Me-TV superstar Barry Williams who played the iconic Greg Brady from The Brady Bunch TV Show. Meet him and get an autograph on February 10th stage side at center court in front of Macy’s.
The line will start forming when the Mall Opens, and Barry’s First appearance will be at 11 a.m.
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