Criticism of me is attack on Kuwait and Hijab, says Sondos Al Qattan

Kuwaiti beauty influencer has vowed to have her followers boycott brands that sever ties with her
Criticism of me is attack on Kuwait and Hijab, says Sondos Al Qattan
A number of brands have cut ties with Qattan in the wake of widespread public backlash concerning a July 10 video in which she criticised Kuwaiti rules that give Filipina domestic workers one day off a week and forbids employers from retaining their passports. (ITP Publishing)
By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Wed 25 Jul 2018 03:30 PM

Kuwaiti blogger and social media influencer Sondos Al Qattan has hit back at her critics, saying that the “foreign media campaign” against her is an attack on Islam, the Hijab and Kuwait.

In a video shared widely shared on Twitter, Qattan says the criticism of her remarks concerning legislation protecting the rights of Filipino domestic workers is an intentional effort to damage Kuwait and the wider Gulf region.

In the video, she also asked why her critics have, in her view, expressed more outrage over her remarks than they have over humanitarian crises in Syria, Iraq and Gaza.

Qattan vowed to reveal any brands that have severed relationships with her, so that her followers can boycott them.

While Qattan’s Twitter page with 116,000 followers is now ‘protected’ and no longer public, her Instagram profile - with 2.3 million followers - remains open to the public and active.

On Tuesday night, Qattan put up a post promoting perfumes produced by Al Jazeera Perfumes, a Kuwait-based company.

On Wednesday, she posted another image of herself with the caption “do what’s right and don’t do what’s trending.”

A number of brands have cut ties with Qattan in the wake of widespread public backlash concerning a July 10 video in which she criticised Kuwaiti rules that give Filipina domestic workers one day off a week and forbids employers from retaining their passports.

On several occasions since the original video, she has defended her comments, saying that any criticism is “unjustified” and upbraided her critics for spreading what she called “rumours”.

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