KUWAITI IN­FLU­ENCER SONDOS AL QATTAN FACES MA­JOR BACK­LASH OVER DO­MES­TIC WORK­ERS RANT

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Prom­i­nent Kuwaiti beauty in­flu­encer Sondos Al Qattan faced ma­jor back­lash over her com­ments about do­mes­tic work­ers’ right in her coun­try in a now-deleted In­sta­gram video shared with her 2.4 mil­lion fol­low­ers. In the video, the blog­ger de­nounces new reg­u­la­tions re­gard­ing Filipino do­mes­tic work­ers, which pro­hibit em­ploy­ers from de­tain­ing their pass­ports and grants them the right to at least one day off per week. “Hon­estly I dis­agree with this law. I don’t want a Filipino maid any­more,” she re­port­edly said in the video. So­cial me­dia users, ac­tivists and ad­vo­cacy groups alike were out­raged by her com­ments, urg­ing her to is­sue a public apol­ogy. In­stead, she went on to dis­able com­ments on her In­sta­gram page and make her twit­ter pri­vate be­fore re­spond­ing with yet another ques­tion­able coun­ter­at­tack. “Af­ter see­ing all this, I felt there's an at­tack on Is­lam, say­ing 'look, she is wear­ing the hi­jab, look at the Mus­lims, of course [look] at the Kuwaitis in par­tic­u­lar, and sim­i­larly the peo­ple of the Gulf re­gion, look at the Arabs',” she said in her video. In the wake of Al Qattan’s of­fen­sive re­marks, a num­ber of beauty brands such as Max Fac­tor and Mac chose to cut ties with her, re­vok­ing any ex­ist­ing deals/col­lab­o­ra­tions.

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