Kuwaiti social media star Sondos Al Qattan insisted that what she said was right and refused to apologize for publicly opposing the new policies of Kuwait to protect the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).
But will she still insist her rant in the upcoming days as cosmetic brands already severed their ties to her because of the criticisms that she received on social media?
Last week, Al Qattan became the new target of the Filipino community after she said that she has the right to confiscate the passports of her ‘servants’.
Instead of apologizing, Al Qattan insisted that as a servant, they should surrender their passport to their employers.
“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,” said Qattan.
“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 $4,900),” Al Qattan said in her social media post.
Because of this statements, several cosmetic brands which became the source of income of Al Qattan already removed their ties with the make up artist, saying that they were shocked by the recent announcements of the Kuwaiti social media star.
“We believe that decent working conditions should be provided to everyone and such behavior does not represent our brand’s core beliefs,” the company Chelsea Beautique posted on Twitter.
Thank you for sharing your concerns, we’ve decided to remove the video sponsored by Sondos on our channels. We believe that decent working conditions should be provided to everyone and such behavior does not represent our brand’s core beliefs.
— Chelsea Beautique (@ChelseaBeautiqu) July 21, 2018
Another company, French Perfume brand M Micallef also said that the comment of Al Qattan prompted them to end their relationship with the social media star.
Netizens thanked the companies that already removed their sponsorship to Al Qattan, saying that supporting the said Kuwaiti social media star also means that they’re also supporting modern day slavery.
Glad you realized supporting Sondos Alqattan is supporting slavery around the world. Thank you for listening. #NoToSlavery #SlaveryIsReal @ShiseidoUSA @Shiseido_UK @LOrealParisUSA @LOrealParisUK @lieracusa @MACcosmetics @phyto_usa @PHYTOuk @ABHcosmetics @Sondos_q NO TO #Slavery
— Gi B Huybrecht (@GBHuyB) July 22, 2018
It is not easy to work as house hold helper..I'm not complaining Bout it we just wanna be treated fairly because we're human too.. working whole day is tiring that much that you can't imagine..4am till 4pm with their big houses and rooms thank God I'm here still Alive but….
— nnere sazay (@nnere_sazay) July 24, 2018
Great. More have to come. Our young brothers & sisters following this woman need to learn that there are consequences when you say something Inhumane like that
— BIG HASS (@BIG_HASS) July 22, 2018
Al Qattan is not yet giving a statement after the companies that giving her money already severed their ties to her.
700,000 Filipinos are working in Kuwait, far from their families.