Paris Hilton irks Muslims with store in Mecca
The sex-tape heiress' handbag and accessories shop in Saudi Arabia has been accused of affronting the principals of Islam and earned her a backlash
The American socialite and hotel heiress whose Twitter is awash with optimistic, life-affirming tidbits such as, “Smile, because you’re beautiful... Stand strong, because haters can’t bring you down” and “I love black and white photographs. They are always so timeless” — has sparked controversy in the Middle East.
Posting a picture of her new accessories store in Saudi Arabia’s holy city of Mecca, Paris caused a backlash of abuse from an insulted Islamic community, with some claiming it as an “affront” to the “principal sanctuary” of the religion.
Her bubbly tweet, “Loving my beautiful new store that just opened at Mecca Mall in Saudi Arabia!” — was met with disgruntled comments such as: “Saudi claim there are other ways to allow for pilgrims, and if religiosity is of such importance, why is Paris Hilton being allowed a store in Mecca?”
The first comment was merely the understated, yet powerful “R u kidding?” Others latched on to starlet’s previous sex tape scandal, noting: “How can someone who made such a video open a store in the holy city next to the Grand Mosque?” And a further added: “It is not acceptable to have such a woman open her store here.”
But the 31-year-old remained undeterred by the comments and tweeted: “This is the fifth store in Saudi Arabia, and store number 42 in total! So proud to keep growing my brand!”