Former French envoy to Israel faces backlash following misogynist tweet
Former French Ambassador to Israel Gérard Araud faced major backlash after tweeting a phrase on Saturday about “the difference between a lady and a diplomat” which suggested that women who say “no” don’t mean it and that women saying ‘yes’ This tweet, which was deleted Sunday afternoon following the overwhelming backlash, responded to Twitter user Gary Girod, who tweeted Robert Frost’s quote: “A diplomat is someone who always remembers a woman’s birthday, but never her age. Araud responded by saying that the difference between a lady and a diplomat is that “When a lady says no, it means maybe”, suggesting that women who refuse something – often interpreted as referring to romantic advances – do not mean in fact that they refuse totally.“When maybe it’s yes and when yes she’s not a woman,” he continued, suggesting that women who agree to court in the front are not well behaved. “This kind of ‘joke’ normalizes misogyny and it’s disgusting, not funny.” “A bit of humor, you say, but rape culture is not funny at all and those kinds of jokes are part of it,” Twitter user @iroughol replied. “It’s even more problematic given the size of the audience and the degree of influence you have.” Twitter user @phyleaux replied, “Basically when a woman says ‘no’ it means no. Your tweet is just an old misogyny. I’m very disappointed with you, ”to which Araud replied:“ A little humor please … ”The former ambassador did not respond to the Jerusalem Post’s request for comment. Sunday night, Araud tweeted an apology, saying, “I heard you. I learned. I’m sorry.” Araud was Ambassador to Israel between 2003 and 2006, Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 2009 to 2014 and Ambassador to the United States from 2014 to 2019.