Kim Kardashian brings out fans, Islamists and police in Bahrain

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US television celebrity Kim Kardashian brought out screaming fans, angry Muslim hardliners and police throwing stun grenades on Saturday when she visited Bahrain to launch a milkshake franchise, witnesses said.

About 100 Sunni Salafists demonstrated with banners outside The Walk Bahrain, an upmarket mall in the capital Manama, after some MPs tried to block the visit over what they called her "bad reputation", according to a local newspaper.

Thousands of fans, who had paid up to 500 Bahraini dinars ($1,360) a ticket, broke into hysterical screams as the 32-year-old celebrity launched the Millions of Milkshakes franchise inside the mall.

Witnesses said police dispersed the demonstrators with stun grenades as the inauguration proceeded inside. There were no reports of casualties.

Kardashian stirred controversy even before she arrived in Bahrain from Kuwait, where she opened another store last week.

Hardline Sunni Muslim MPs presented a motion to parliament calling her "an actress with an extremely bad reputation", according to Bahrain's English language Gulf Daily News.

The assembly did not vote on the motion, the newspaper said.

Many Kardashian fans tweeted their displeasure, saying the "MPs should focus their time on solving key political, economic and social issues", the newspaper reported.

Bahrain, where the US Fifth Fleet is based, is trying to overcome nearly two years of unrest among its majority Shi'ite Muslims demanding political reforms and equality with the Sunni Muslims who rule the kingdom.

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Posted by: Heba

Kim Kardashian is beautiful inside out, and she is nothing like Paris Hilton. She's full of warmth, supports good causes, and simply living her life to the max. AND she's against posing nude. Doesn't matter where she comes from, we are all humans. All she's doing now is endorsing a brand and making a living.

There are soooo many worse people out there who have done real evil and deserve this kind of hatred.. but not Kim! GIVE HER A BREAK. Why do people always attack her??

Posted by: Mark Zoro

Heba, I did not know there was an X-ray machine which can read people's inside !!!!!!!. Maybe you have just invented it. She may be beautiful outside, but inside, she is very calculating andan opportunist person. Taking an opportunity is not a bad thing, but when you are an opportunist at the expense of your close loved ones and fans, you are an opportunist who is expoiting. Young fans especially the ones in Middle East seem to be totally naive to what she is playing at as they are more absorbed at looking at her plastic features and getting messmerrized by her.

Posted by: george santos

Hey mazen
calling Iranian and Aremenian (Kim) the same is like calling Sunni and Shia the same.. try reading " Idiots guide to Middle Eastern History"- available for immediate download on your kindle

Posted by: Mark


Posted by: Mazen

She is, like the rest of her family, pure trash...And Iranian as well...

Posted by: fatee

to be realistic,what she is famous for is not something to be proud of,or encourage your female children to do,to snap nude pictures for play boy magazine!!!,she is really not a good mentor for girls in islamic country.

Posted by: Baiju

@peg..she is not famous, she is ''infamous" for Kim Kardashian in search engines...and you will come to know what is she "famous" for.....

Posted by: Monkey Tennis

@ Peg: It makes me howl with laughter that these plastic people make a reality show - which anyone can do and all of a sudden get catapulted to international celebrity status!!!

So, if anyone can do it Peg, why don't you go ahead and do it, make the same sort of money she has and then use it to establish an organization that promotes real and "worthwhile" talent.

Posted by: Qureshi

Celebrities are dime a dozen. Parents should be careful about who their children are idolizing. 'No talent' celebrities like Kim and P Hilton have similar dubious claim to fame and cannot possibly be a good role model for young teenage girls. Are we so morally blind to ignore the beginnings of why these celebrities are famous?

Posted by: Peg

Baiju - that wasn't a literal question!!! It makes me howl with laughter that these plastic people make a reality show - which anyone can do and all of a sudden get catapulted to international celebrity status!!! I've never watched the Kardasians or any of this brain dead supposed reality rubbish. If a celeb is going to cause this much commotion then at least make it a talented and worthwhile one!!!

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