Thursday, July 26, 2018

Repost: Beauty Products Cut Ties with Kuwaiti Social Media Influencer after Remarks on Pinoy Workers’ Rights

Image courtesy of www.gmanetwork.com


Instagram star Sondos Alqattan was dropped by several cosmetic brands following the internet backlash she received after complaining about a new law enabling Filipino domestic workers to have days off and control of their passport.

Gulf News reported that at least three international brands have cut ties with Alqattan days after her comments on the law that sprang from a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the protection of Filipino workers in Kuwait.

The MOU was signed after months of strained relations between the Philippines and Kuwait after the body of domestic worker Joanna Demafelis was discovered in a freezer at the abandoned apartment of her employers.

Lebanese national Nader Essam Assaf, her male employer, and his wife were hunted by police. Assaf was later sentenced to death by a Kuwaiti court after he confessed to killing the 29-year-old Demafelis.

Max Factor Arabia, the Middle East branch of the cosmetic giant, said it was shocked by the comments the beauty guru made about the new labor law and immediately suspended all its collaborations with her.

Prior to this, French perfume brand M. Micallef and London-based Chelsea Beautique severed all its ties with the influencer who has 2.3 million followers on Instagram.

 Several beauty brands that worked with Alqattan and local companies that carry her range of cosmetics have yet to respond to requests for comments.

Pro-OFW group Blas F. Ople Policy Center also condemned Alqattan's remarks and said she personified "the ugly face of modern-day slavery and should be included in the POEA’s blacklist of abusive and undesirable foreign employers."

Alqattan has refused to apologize for her comments and said the backlash against her was "unjustified" and that "many Kuwaitis and Gulf nationals agree" with her opinion that the employer must keep their "servant's" passport. — Rie Takumi/RSJ, GMA News

91 comments:

  1. Yaassssss!!!!
    Buti nga ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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    1. more please ng makaranas 'to maging 'servant'

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    2. nakakapanginig lang laman ung tawagin tayong "servants"

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    3. Let her get off her pedestal and life of privilege and walk in the shoes of desperate people. The only thing they want is to provide and feed their families. We are proud of our people, who just want dignity and fairness from their employers. Go bury yourself lady. To my co-Filipinos out there, I work as a Registered Nurse in one of the biggest hospitals here in the USA, but I take pride of our kababayans. Let us show them that we are more than a slave. We are hard-working people who deserve equal treatment from the other group of ethnicities. Let us show them that we were raised to treat a janitor with the same respect as the CEO. We are nice to everyone and we don't see ourselves either below or above than anyone else.

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  2. serves you right!

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    1. Ba yan???? Naglabas lang ng opinyon niya napressure agad mga sponsors niya sa public reaction!

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    2. 12:37 of course she is promoting the product they want a good ambassador not like her

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    3. Siyempre image ng brand pwedeng masira pag endoser nila is nega sa public.

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    4. 12:37 di yun opinion. nagdedegrade sya ng tao. at talagang dapat lang mapressure ang mga sponsor nya sa public dahil yung public na yan ang dahilan kung bakit sila anjan. (public aka consumers)

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    5. 12:37 well yung public na yun ang bibili ng product ng mga sponsor. gets mo??

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    6. 12:37 it's not an opinion. it's discrimination. know the difference po.

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    7. 12:37 hello? Opinion? She was saying na Filipino workers should have no days off at all. Tengene nya! kung Dyos nga e natutulog din, tao p kaya? Hindi man tayo katulong at mataas profession natin sa buhay, ipaglaban din naman natin ang ibang kapwa natin na nagpapakapagod at sinisikmura lahat ng trabahong yan para sa pamilya nila! Hindi mo alam pinagdadaanan ng ibang tao na mapawalay sa pamilya tapos tatratuhin pa na parang hayop sa ibang bansa.

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    8. Hind na talaga pwede yung mga racists na ganyan. Dapat lang na aware mga companies sa mga yan at wag bibigyan ng pagkakataon lumakas ang influence sa mga taong may access sa internet lalo na sa future generations.

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    9. 12:37 AM Ikaw ang klase ng pinoy na imbes kampihan ang kapwa pinoy, sa ibang lahi ka pa makiki-simpatya! Nakakahiya ka!

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    10. Wow di ako makapaniwalang may pinoy na kakampi pa sa babaeng yun. Ikaw yun anon 12:37. Ikaw kaya sabihan ng boss mo na magtrabaho 7days a week, walang pahinga, tapos kunin passport mo? Or baka kasi wala kang trabaho at isa kang palamunin kaya mo nasabi yan??

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    11. 12:37 sige ikaw maging servant nya.. Opinion lang pala eh. Try mo dali

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    12. buti nga yan para sa hambog na yan. Dapat dyan mawalan na ng career sa internet. Maganda nga majoho naman

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    13. IT WAS AN OPINION, A DISCRIMINATORY ONE.

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    14. ipasok na maid yang 12:37 dyan para hinde sya maka day off!

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    15. Hindi porke you express your view ay opinion na o freedom of expression. If your view is downgrading, insulting and descriminating that is NOT OPINION.

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    16. sa lahat ng ig stories nyan babaeng yan, PI ko talaga sya. tinag ko sa mga post at FU ko pa. she deserves all the curses. my mom worked as a domestic helper sa middle east at nakaranas ng pananakit ng mga selosang arabyana na yan. kakabwisit! mga mukha naman wax ang fez at ugaling wax din. lol

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  3. Strip this poor excuse of a human being her sources of income until she is reduced to a slave and let’s see if she for the life of me asks for these basic benefits she wouldn’t want to give her household workers.

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    1. Yeah! Laban mga kapatid! We shouldn't allow anyone to degrade our co-Filipinos. Modern century na! We should put an end to this slavery!

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  4. kaya pala second class citizen ang mga babae sa middle east kasi mas nasty pa sa mga lalaki ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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  5. Well that's what she gets. Mild pa nga yan na karma niya.

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  6. Nabasa ko na statement niya... tigas parin niya. She should've said sorry but she did not. Mega explain parin siya.. ma pride siya!!!

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    1. true. kaqiqil si bakla

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    2. Let's bully the bully until she learn her lessons! Masyadong mapag mataas ang babaknitang ito!

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    3. Tigas ng mukha nun sarap ipakaen sa camel

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    4. She doesn't understand the backlash coz its a "sentiment" shared by most kuwaitis. And besides, just because majority has that thinking doesn't mean its right. Hay naku si ate girl, sarap paliguan ng isang baldeng empathy (silang lahat na ganito pananaw).

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    5. Here in the states, Kuwaitis or middle eastern people are treated coldly. They should start realizing that they are not that special.

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  7. Hindi porket may black gold sila, they can do that to their "servant". Kung walang servant.. How can they just survive a week or even a day without them. Sabi nga nila.. Take care of the people that you always look down cos they are also the ones that can drag you down.

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    1. Tumfact ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

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  8. Sana lahat ng endorsements nya kumalas na! Nang magtanda ang babaitang to

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  9. Goood Riddance! Until now nanginginig pa rin ako while reading this article. This insensitive media influencer daw should be banned everywhere.

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  10. Taas pa rin pride ni atcheng. She’s not even remorseful sa mga pinagsasabi nya.

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    1. sadly po 12.33 yan po ang norm dito sa mid-east.. hindi ko po gine-generalize but most of them out of 100%, 95% sa kanila slave ang tingin sa mga DH natin at iba pang lahi na DH. It's her upbringing and no amount of human rights outcry will change that fact. They think they are entitled because they have the money, in her own words sa first video niya "if they will run away who will REFUND me?" so for her binili niya na ang taong yung, kasama na dito ang rights and freedom nung "servant" on a lighter side sana matadtad siya ng acne na may nana sa buong mukha niya..

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  11. Ano kaya make up remover nito. Asarol? Piko? Pala? Kapal eh sing kapal ng pader namin. Ikaw ngayon maglaba ng panty mo tse!

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    1. alcohol ata ginagamit nito hahaha

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  12. Ayan kasi.. mag tutorial ka na lang ng how to put tawas in your leki leki!

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    1. true, yan dapat ang mga magsponsor sa babaeng ito.

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  13. bilis ng karma, she deserves it

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  14. sige sa'yo na yang opinion mo basta karma nalang na nagsisimula na bahala sayo

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  15. Napakaignorante niya. Ganyan ba mostly ng arab women?

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  16. Tama lang yan! Hindi dapat tino-tolerate ganyang klaseng tao! Bigyan yan ng leksyon! Without her followers and her sponsors, she’s nothing!

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  17. Dapat lang! Yong post niya sa IG pa-tungkol sa passport naka-deactivate ang comment section. Alam niyang susugurin siya.

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  18. Dapat pati mga followers niya UNFOLLOW na cya para matuto ng leksyon yan.

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  19. Agree sila sa yo kasi pareho kayo ng kulay. Kung tatakas man yung DH. Pagbayarin nyu. Hindi buhay nila ang kapalit ng salapi kundi serbisyo. Wag asal hayup te! Sana makahanap ka din ng katapat mo!

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  20. Mataas ang Pride niya kasi May followers pa siya at the same time hindi pa nagpullout lahat ng endorsement niya. Manginginig na yan pag wala na ang lahat sa kanya.... tska wag na siyang mandamay ng ibang Kuwaiti.

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  21. Have you guys seen yung isa nyang video? Hindi naman daw importante yun, may mas importanteng bagay pa daw like botox. Haha jusko

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    1. Anong klaseng pag iisip yun? May other vid pa pala sya addressing that matter pero di pa nag public apology? Matigas ang mukha (literal)

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    2. she even said na 'the four-day-a-month off days, differs from a household worker compared to a business worker' truly a vile woman. Regardless of a person's occupation everyone deserves a day off.

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  22. d bale si karmi martin na bahala syo

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  23. Good job sa mga brands! Karma talaga mabilis dumating.

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  24. Yan ang gusto ko sa ibang bansa/lahi. Pag may sinabi talaga na detrimental ang public figure, drop agad ng sponsors. Only in the philippines kahit nakakahiya na pinagagawa ng public figure, mukhang praised pa sila dor it at deadma lng ang public/sponsors. Kaya namimihasa eh

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    1. Agree! Dito kasi basta napagkakakitaan hala sige!

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    2. Teh hindi dedma ang public sa Pilipinas nakalimutan mo na ba hindi kinunsinti ng mga pinoy ang Gilas sa ginawa nila!

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    3. Pero mas marami pa rin ang mga kinukunsinti

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    4. 7:11 sus nagkataon lng na international kasi ang sinalihan ng Gilas kaya sanctioned sila. Pero majority namimihasa lang- no shame kumbaga. Sa states, magka scandal ka lng bitawan ka agad ng sponsors eh dito sa atin deadma lng (politicians and showbiz alike)

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  25. Karma is a bitch girl. Labas pa ng official statement dali

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  26. Buti nga sayo! Chaka mo naman! Pwe!

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  27. maganda nga , majoho naman.

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  28. Buti nga๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Achuete na lang lipstick mo at uling na eyeliner. Mawalan ka ng Sponsors.

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  29. Hindi ka makapagcomment sa IG nya. Siguro pinutakti ng bashers! Pero nagsend ako ng message.

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  30. Dapat lang mag cut ties nakakasira imahe ng brand

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  31. saan pa sya endorser beshie? gusto ko sumulat dun sa mga wala pang comment or reaction, baka di nila alam madumi yung brand ambassador nila.

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    1. Curious din ako kung ano pa mga brand sponsors niya para masulatan ko!

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    2. Nag issue na ng statement ang max factor arabia at shiseido. Kuyugin na ang MAC hehe

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  32. Philippines should not even send ofw’s in that country. There are other respectful and kind countries who are always or have always been willing to help Filipinos

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    1. E di ba nga nagkaron ng OFW Ban sa Kuwait. Nagalit si Duts. Yan ang pinagpuputok ng buchi ng babaeng makapal ang foundation, dahil sa ban, nagkaron ng bagong agreement na dapar may day-off at dapat hawak ng OFW ang passport. Kaya ayun, warla si ateng

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    2. kung makakaranas ng maltrato yung mga kababayan natin diyan talagang wag na tayo magpapadala. Buti at naayos na ang agreement na yan.

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  33. Buti nga!

    I read her statement. Hindi nag apologize. Poorly written pa. Wala sigurong friends na tumulong mag proofread. Lol

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  34. Serves her right! For somebody whose religion is being discriminated, she should be amongst those who advocate for fairness and anti-bigotry. Nakakasuka ang klase ng tao na to. Kawawa naman ang mga kababayan natin na ginagawang alipin sa ibang bansa. Sana dumating ang panahon na hindi na kakailanganin mangibang-bansa para kumita ng pera.

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  35. Still, 2.3million followers. Unless those numbers go down, she will never apologize.

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  36. No matter how beautiful you can be if you have a rotten attitude, you will never be beautiful. You don't deserve to be a human being. I wish you get reincarnated as a cockroach!

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  37. She seemed to latch on to the fact na maraming nagsabi na maganda sya. It was on her statement. People, let’s stop commenting “beautiful on the outside, rotten on the inside”. She seems to be enjoying it. Thanking people pa for calling her beautiful.

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  38. grabe ang tiniis ng mga ofw sa ganyang klase ng amo, hopefully dumating ang panahon a wala ng aalis na pinoy para maghanap ng trabaho sa ibang bansa, bagkus maraming trabaho ma open dito sa ating bansa

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  39. Serves her right!!!! There is no excuse to what she said!!! Thought of writing the said brands to do what they did but there they go and kudos to them! But i believe there’s still a big brand left which might be supporting her! They might need a reminder that influential brands should not support this kind of being!!! Hope someone tells her na She messed up with the wrong people!!!! Lahing Andres Bonifacio ‘to atapang atao di atakbo!!!!! #dipasisiil

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  40. human rights and anti-slavery group should make a petition and demand that woman to make a public apology.but i am glad that cosmetic brands are distancing from her because hate speech and promoting slavery have no room to our modern society.so,those people who are agreeing with her are ignorant and lack of repect of human rights and dignity.so,it is right to blacklist these people.our domestic workers are earning a living decently and they have the right to be defended and be supported because they have much rights as everyone in this planet.being a domestic worker doesnt mean they are slave or they have lesser rights than us.i stand for the rights of every domestic workers.

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  41. This swine is a douchebag. No one should buy products of those that sponsor her.

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  42. Buti nga sa kanya. Mawala lahat endorsement s. Kala napakaganda punong puno ng make-up ang mukha. Maitim ang budhi.

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  43. Hindi ba pwede i-shut down ng instagram yan? Kasi offensive. Racist.

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  44. Nothing wrong with being called a servant. That's a decent job plus most of the Filipinos work like that.

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  45. I sent her messages multiple times and she blocked me... nababasa nya talaga Good that these companies wont tolerate such behaviour

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  46. MAC dropped her

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  47. She has never and will never issue an apology. Fact is, she sticks with her belief and wont change a thing to it. She is not geting offended on any remarks and comments, and if you see her latest IG post it looks like she's riding the 'trending' fame. Sad to hear that most Gulf people look up to themselves as the Supreme race. It's 21st century but slavery is still real!

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  48. Dapat lahat ng pinoy na may Ig i-mass report yung Ig nya para mawala ๐Ÿ˜’

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