After gaining backlash online, Kuwait vlogger Sondos Alqattan has lost two international brands solely because of her video criticizing the new labor law of Kuwait.
French perfume M. Micallef and London-based Chelsea Beautique cut ties with the Arab social media influencer.
“We are absolutely shocked by the behavior of Sondos Alqattan, and we deeply regret the relationship with her, which we are yerminating with immediate effect,” a spokesperson from M. Micallef told gulfnews.com.
“We believe that decent working conditions should be provided to everyone and such behavior does not represent our brand’s core beliefs,” Chelsea Beautique, meanwhile, said in a separate statement.
They also revealed that they have taken down a video on their channel that features Alqattan.
Max Factor Arabia issues statement
Max Factor Arabia, who has worked with Al Qattan, say it will sever ties with the beauty influencer. In a statement to The National, the cosmetic company said that “Max Factor Arabia was shocked by the comments made by the influencer Sondos AlQattan. Sondos’ comments are personal and do not represent either the values or the principles that Max Factor Arabia stands for. Max Factor stands for women’s empowerment and supporting every woman to express her individuality, irrespective of ethnicity and occupation. Max Factor Arabia is taking this incident very seriously and have immediately suspended all collaborations with Sondos.”
Other major brands that have worked with the influencer, Shisheido and MAC, have yet to issue statements.
More of Al Qattan’s follow up comments
Talking to news agency AFP, Al Qattan stood by her original comments over the new laws: “All I said was that the employer was entitled to keep the servant’s passport, and that many Kuwaitis and Gulf nationals agree with me,” Qattan said. “I have the right as a kafil (sponsor) to keep my employee’s passport, and I am responsible for paying a deposit of up to 1,500 dinars (around Dh18,000),” she said.
She also said the practice of keeping an employee’s passport was not a human rights violation because, “I did not deprive the employee of her salary or beat her.”