Israel's Culture and Sports Minister, Miri Regev, appeared on the red carpet yesterday for the annual Cannes Film Festival wearing a provocative dress emblazoned with a panorama of the iconic Jerusalem skyline.
The red carpet, which his normally an occasion for making fashion statements, was instead exploited to make what many saw was a crass political statement.
Regev was reported to have said that she wanted the dress to express the beauty of Jerusalem, in honour of the 50th anniversary of its "liberation and unification". It was also viewed as a protest against the UNESCO decision that rejected Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem.
The minster's stunt drew political and satirical responses from people on social media. People used the dress as a canvass to make political statements of their own.
Anyone wishing to make Regev a new dress can do so easily after pranksters, who took over the domain of Regev's personal website after she failed to renew it, added a Photoshop file on the site to make it easier to do so. Download the English version of the Photoshop file here.
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