After sparking outrage over her remarks on Filipino domestic workers, Kuwaiti social media celebrity Sondos Al Qattan has been condemned by Gulf-based influencers and lost a number of her sponsors.
One of those who criticized Al Qattan was Enjy Kiwan, a UAE-based health and wellness influencer. Kiwan said she disagreed with what Al Qattan said, but also said everyone has the right to their own opinion, Arabian Business reported.
“I have (domestic) help, and we are blessed in this part of the world to be able to have that and we owe so much to them, be it for taking care of our children when we are at work, house duties, cooking and so much more,” Kiwan said.
Her Royal Highness Sheikha Noor, Royal Princess from The Kingdom of Bahrain, said that her domestic worker needs to have a day off as any other person would after work.
“If I have a long week, I just want a one-day break at the end of the week to get my energy back. I really don’t understand how some people think,” Princess Noor said.
Several cosmetics brands have cut their ties with Al Qattan because of her remarks. Max Factor, British brand Chelsea Beautique, French perfume brand M. Micallef and Japanese cosmetics giant Shiseido have dropped Al Qattan. They say they have no plans to work with her again, International Business Times reported.
Haircare brand Phyto said in a statement that they do not tolerate any kind of racism and abuse and announced the end of their partnership with Al Qattan.
“We take our brand’s values very seriously and will not support such behavior or have it associated with our products,” it said.