Actress Nicole Kidman catches flak for becoming the new spokes-Infidel for the UAE’s Etihad Airways

2224224314As the official face of the state-owned Etihad Airways, Botox-queen Nicole Kidman, is filmed for a commercial in a series of sexy and provocative, not to mention ‘un-Islamic’ poses on an in-flight bed in the plane.

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Washington Post  “This is my second home here,” Nicole Kidman told reporters last month as she visited Abu Dhabi. The Hollywood movie star was in the United Arab Emirates to announce her new role as a brand ambassador for Etihad Airways. According to the National newspaper, she planned to spend more time in the city, the capital of the UAE, in the future.

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Laura Glading, president of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, the largest independent flight attendant union in the United States, put out an open letter that criticized Kidman for promoting Etihad Airways. Here’s a section of that letter (which you can read in full here):

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The 25,000 members of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants greatly admire and appreciate your efforts to advance women’s rights around the world as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador.

Using your profile and stature for such a noble endeavor is commendable. However, we believe those efforts are at odds with your prominent role in an advertising campaign for Etihad Airways.

The United Arab Emirates and their airlines are well-known in our industry for their discriminatory labor practices and deplorable treatment of female employees.

Therefore, the APFA must respectfully ask that you — as a leading advocate for women around the globe — not lend your voice, your image, and your good name to Etihad Airways, the second-largest airline in the UAE.

Glading’s letter criticized not just Etihad, however, but also the entire UAE. In particular, she pointed to a recent report from Human Rights Watch that said that the UAE’s “penal code gives men the legal right to discipline their wives and children, including through the use of physical violence.”

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