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