Sondos Alqattan posted a video online slamming the new law that provides better working conditions for Filipino workers.
“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,” she said as translated by the Guardian. “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 any more,” she added about the new law implemented in May this year. She later deleted the video from Instagram.
The video quickly spread across social media platforms. Many asked beauty brands to stop endorsing her or have any forms of ties with her. Filipino expat groups and workers’ associations have demanded an apology from the star, who has over 2 million followers on Instagram.
She just doesn’t get it. Just apologize for the stupid statements and try to be a better person. But no. She had to defend her position. When will she learn?
Pressure mounts on MAC to denounce Kuwaiti influencer Sondos Al Qattan.https://t.co/MGgWxNOrI6
— Mishal Kanoo (@MishalKanoo) July 26, 2018
Boycott @SHISEIDO_corp @PhytoParis @LieracParis if they continue to sponsor pro-slavery and racist @Sondos_q Any company that do business with her supports her inhumane view on domestic workers. #sondosalqattan
— ᴄɪᴀʀᴀ (@Crlnzo) July 21, 2018
Overseas Filipino workers are seen and treated as mere slaves! We demand a public apology from Sondos Alqattan!
More so, we demand the END OF LABOR EXPORT as government policy! Provide better opportunities for our countrymen here in our own country— pic.twitter.com/k0K1tGE15R
— Marc #OustDuterte (@meowista_) July 20, 2018
She later put up a statement on Instagram clarifying her reasons.
As people slammed her for not apologizing, she also claimed that her critics targeted her for wearing hijab.
Last update from me on this story: Sondos now suggests controversy about her maid comments is a conspiracy. Claims she’s been criticised coz of her hijab. Intended targets are Kuwait, Islam & Arabs. Ignores fact first of her critics were also Kuwaitis, other Arabs & Muslims! pic.twitter.com/euKDsss84w
— Abdirahim Saeed (@AbdirahimS) July 25, 2018