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Beauty Brands Cut Ties With Instagram Model After She Says ‘Servants’ Shouldn’t Be Allowed To Hold Onto Their Own Passports

Instagram model Sondos Alqattan posted a video on July 10 criticizing new laws passed by Kuwait to protect domestic workers. The laws, passed in May, give workers “a day off per week and [prevents] employers from taking their passports.”

Alqattan comments in the video:

How can you have a servant at home who keeps their own passport with them? What’s worse is they have one day off every week.

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She went on:

If they run away and go back to their country, who will refund me? Honestly, I disagree with this law. I don’t want a Filipino maid anymore.

The video has sparked intense backlash from almost everywhere, including a statement from Migrante International, which advocates for Filipino workers worldwide:

By projecting herself as a slave-owner, Sondos exhibits intoxication in her overinflated ego and false sense of superiority.

Migrante International added that Alqattan’s views “cling to a backward outlook which literally belongs to the dark ages.”

The model is not backing down, however. She posted a response to the controversy on Instagram, standing by her comments and defending her warped point of view:

And is apparently blocking her detractors on Twitter.

Brands are quickly cutting ties with Alqattan. Max Brand Arabia commented in a statement:

Max Factor Arabia is taking this incident very seriously and have immediately suspended all collaborations with Sondos.

Similarly, French perfume brand M. Micallef said it “deeply regretted” its relationship with Alqattan and would be “terminating with immediate effect.” Chelsea Beautique even went so far as to delete any videos featuring the model from their YouTube channel.

The new laws were put in place as part of an agreement between Kuwait and the Philippines to ensure basic workers rights like one day off per week and providing them with “food, clothing, health insurance.” Since around 660,000 of Kuwait’s 4 million people are “domestic migrant workers,” it’s important they’re protected by people and/or Instagram Models who might like to take advantage of them.

It’s good to know that intolerance has consequences, even for the wealthy and famous.

H/T – Business Insider, BBC

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Written by Collin Gossel

Collin Gossel is a writer and comedian living in Brooklyn, New York, but there are nights when he looks up at the stars and wistfully thinks to himself “there’s got to be more out there…” You can catch Collin improvising new musicals every Tuesday night at the Magnet Theater’s Musical Megawatt, or follow his unfiltered thoughts on Twitter and Instagram @CollinGossel.--