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Inside the Middle East
December 2, 2012
Posted: 1150 GMT
PHOTO: AFP/ GETTY IMAGES

PHOTO: AFP/ GETTY IMAGES

American reality TV star and all-around celebrity Kim Kardashian can't seem to please anyone in the Middle East these days.

Just weeks after causing a Twitter outrage with her comments on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Kardashian's appearance in Bahrain Saturday to open a branch of a milkshake franchise prompted street protests.

While throngs of adoring fans paid up to $1,200 to attend her appearance at a mall in the tiny Gulf kingdom, about 100 hardline Islamists protested outside where, according to reports, police used stun grenades to disperse the crowd.

One protestor held a particularly crude banner that read "Syria receives martyrs while Bahrain receives whores."

Last Tuesday a group of conservative Bahraini parliamentarians put forth a proposal to ban Kardashian from visiting the country, citing her "bad reputation," but the motion gained no traction and was not put to a vote.

PHOTO: AFP/ GETTY IMAGES

PHOTO: AFP/ GETTY IMAGES

The buxom brunette, who is prolific on social media, paid no heed to the protests, instead focusing on her fawning fans and tweeting multiple photos of herself – seeming to take particular delight in all things camel – posing in front of camels in the desert and holding a glass of camel milk.

During the official opening of Millions of Milkshakes at a mall south of the capital Manama, a local paper quoted her praising all things Bahrain – from its women: "I love the girls here; their make up and hair are beautiful"... to promoting the country as a tourist destination "People from the States should come here because the country and the people are so amazing and welcoming that I am planning to be back here on my vacation."

However it was her praise for Bahrain's ruler that sparked an outpouring of angry responses on Twitter.

The island nation has seen intermittent unrest since February 2011 as violent clashes have broken out between security forces and opposition protesters on numerous occasions, including government crackdowns that have drawn the ire of international rights organizations.

Just weeks ago, Kardashian stirred up another controversy in Twitter-verse by saying that she was "praying for Israel" during the eight days of Israel-Gaza violence that left over 150 people dead, the vast majority of them Palesitnian. She later tweeted that she was also "praying for Palestine," but the compounded backlash caused her to remove both tweets and apologize on her blog: "The fact is that regardless of religion and political beliefs, there are countless innocent people involved who didn't choose this, and I pray for all of them and also for a resolution."

It may be asking too much to expect an American reality TV star to familiarize herself with the Middle East's political complexities. Political blunders aside, Kardashian has maintained her fan base in the region.

If nothing else, she's got people talking.

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Camwi   December 2nd, 2012 12:13 pm ET

If you have time to protest something so stupid, then you have WAY too much time on your hands.

Quattrone   December 2nd, 2012 12:24 pm ET

Good luck with that.

DOC   December 2nd, 2012 1:40 pm ET

SHE IS NOTHING BUT A MEDIA WHORE,WHAT HAS SHE EVER DONE IN LIFE ,STAR IN A PORNO....

alex   December 2nd, 2012 1:43 pm ET

she the world biggest air head

Marshall Bradford   December 2nd, 2012 1:44 pm ET

Why does anyone assume that because she has big boobs and a pretty face that she's smart? She's never been forced to develop herself other than looks.

vn   December 2nd, 2012 1:49 pm ET

Yeah, don't forget to include the West in your generalization of protests. I guess Americans have the same "time on their hands" as they protest a lot too.

Ian Cabe   December 2nd, 2012 1:53 pm ET

What has this poor, helpless, clueless soul got to offer anyone? She is the poster child of pitiful. Do the world a favor, Kim; go home, pull the shades and stay there.

dashwa   December 2nd, 2012 1:54 pm ET

Kim's milkshake brings all the boys to the yard

WantsToVomit   December 2nd, 2012 2:03 pm ET

This nasty pig makes me want to puke every time she pops up on the news. How screwed up is our society that we elevate this trash to goddess level and make her rich, and our children want to emualte her. Our world is screwed when the next generation takes over..................

Edward Nigma   December 2nd, 2012 2:05 pm ET

I can't wait for Kim's book "Why Me" to be published.It is slated for next November.It is about her lesbian affair with Madonna, and from what I hear she plays the role of the gimp with Lindsay Lohan.

Sassytooyou   December 2nd, 2012 2:12 pm ET

She just has a deep need to be noticed and accepted.

total   December 2nd, 2012 2:21 pm ET

whos that who mix teargas and milkshakes?. what beans you eat?.Things comes out of you stink too much. Why politisize a celebrity event? let the fans enjoy. dont be jealous.

jonathan   December 2nd, 2012 2:25 pm ET

Alright Kim K, milkshakes for world peace , beginning in Bahrain?
Um, proves the case, bottom fat injections "do not a smart person " make you.

Lisa K (NOT Kardashian)   December 2nd, 2012 2:30 pm ET

Why is she even relevant?

againyetagain   December 2nd, 2012 2:40 pm ET

one good king. true nowadays its should be a democracy but seriously if the shi'a were in power in bahrain (65%) it would be another iran/iraq and nobody would do business with you, for obvious reasons. So thank god you live in a rich country.
Seriously can you imagine having an ahmadinejad as ure priminister..

lanchealot   December 2nd, 2012 2:43 pm ET

She is lucky she wasn't stoned over there with as much as the Muslims love jezebels.

Jose   December 2nd, 2012 3:55 pm ET

Religion sucks, stop praying.

Steve   December 2nd, 2012 4:01 pm ET

Hardly surprising that there should be protests. Kardashian's appearance and dress, not to mention her self-promotion, would be offensive to many Muslims, not all of them conservative. Hell, it is offensive to many Americans.

Arbitus   December 2nd, 2012 4:08 pm ET

Time to quit covering "Reality" sluts. They are not news!!

N.I.Darwish   December 2nd, 2012 4:21 pm ET

Oh Kimmy! don't ya know what your doing? Honey your an American that walks around in an Islamic country and not wear Abaya and Hijab... If you were run of the mill you be in some serious issues by now. Notice that the level of respect to your presence in most places is highly disgraceful. You have no honor when you have too much showing and then being from the USA which in the eyes of most god fearing Muslims... you are what they posted in protests. I don't find you appealing and most of the middle east don't either. Sex does not go well over there like it does here in the Good old U.S.A.

blood outta my eyes   December 2nd, 2012 4:28 pm ET

what a worthless piece of s**t.! if she lived there, she would have been stoned years ago. the nerve of her to take her worthless values to the middle east. a GREAT representation of the USA ! what a joke. still cashin' in on her fathers hack lawyer career. shows what daddy's money, can do for you !! guess OJ paid him well !!!!

alex   December 2nd, 2012 5:02 pm ET

big stinky butt

Nez   December 2nd, 2012 5:15 pm ET

She's an idiot.

Truth   December 2nd, 2012 5:28 pm ET

Seriously Kim equals media whore, her attempt at world peace
and good will is a big shit stain on the american flag. take her
passport cut her tounge out and blind us all so we dont have
to endure the sight and sound of satans daughter.

Jeza   December 2nd, 2012 5:43 pm ET

So many haters. She's made a multi-million dollar empire on her image alone. Like her or hate her, she's the last one laughing all the way to the bank. The girl just desperately needs an educated publicist.

robh   December 2nd, 2012 6:06 pm ET

If this woman could even spell conflict I would be amazed. If she were able to name four of the six letters in the word Israel I would be shocked. Thant should be CNN's headline "Kim K. can spell Israel 'mostly'". Otherwise, why are they promoting this Bimbo?

JLT   December 2nd, 2012 8:33 pm ET

I'm glad she wore traditional western attire and didn't pander to those who would like to see her wearing a Burqa. Evidently her white dress that showed cleavage prompted massive anger. She has as much right to wear western gear there as Muslims have the right to wear Burqas in America or elsewhere.

Bissextile   December 2nd, 2012 9:53 pm ET

Who is she and who cares?

Moliminous   December 3rd, 2012 12:04 am ET

Surely we can get better news than this woman. I have never actually watched a TV show when she is on it. Perhaps, she is big in the USA but not elsewhere. Frankly, I don't even know who she is or her claim to fame.

Denise   December 3rd, 2012 2:32 pm ET

Kim Kardashian is a idiot. How is she in the position to say anything about foreign affairs. She is a socialite and nothing else. She used her father, her mother and her sex tape to be known. She is a terrible role model and horrible person. She is a nobody and no one should endorse her garbage products or her.

Frank Oliver   December 4th, 2012 6:26 pm ET

The U.S has created new version of satanic cities like Sodom, and Gomorrah like Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Singapore... etc. One day these cities will be destroyed by God completely once on for all. After all Kim Kardashian is satanists like every body in U.S.

justin   December 5th, 2012 3:18 pm ET

Imagine ! some religious fanatics here and some jealous ugly potatoes can even write english. Get a life guys...hate takes you no where. Bare it or leave it.

ABA   December 9th, 2012 2:07 pm ET

BAHRIAN IS A SHIEA ISALAM WIYH MAJARITY85%.BUT KAMIR WHO NAME HIMSELF A KING,TRY TO IMPORT SONNIES SALAFI WHICH IS LIKE ALQAIDA AND VAHABISM IN SAUDI,RELIGIOUS,FASIEM,AND GIVE THEM A FIRST DRADE,CLASS CITIZESHIP,THAN CHANGE THE WHOLE SOICLE,SHIEA SECTARISM,AND BRING THEM FROM MAJARITY TO LEVEL OR MINIOYRITY.THE KING ALqalif AND FAMILTY BROUGT FROM IRAQ1927 TO KUWAIT THAN TO BAHRIAN BY BRITISH GOVERNMENT.BRITAIN TOOK BAHRIAN FROM IRANIAN KINGDOM pahlavi BY FORCE AND PUT A SUNNY ALQALIF IN POWER.NOW THIS IS OUT PUT.KUWAIT HAS THE SAME PROBLEM WHICH BETWEEN SHIEA AND SALAFI. please google the whole history or pedegree in m,east and etc.....

ali   December 14th, 2012 10:40 am ET

I am a muslim living in the states and i can honestly say that as a muslim, i have more rights in America than i do in the middle east. I am not saying that everyone in the middle east is bad but just that the middle east is filled with hatred towards people that are different from them. Bahrain is a good example of how fellow humans and muslim brothers treat each other in the name of god such that kingship and loyalty is more important than compassion and charity.

massalama.

Mohammed   December 14th, 2012 7:15 pm ET

Pretty sad that all people see and complain about are that she is a "whore, stinky butt, hijab, etc, etc" Islam is supposed to preach peace & happiness. Some miserable & un-educated people you are. If she chooses to expand her business dealings, who are we to say no she can't. If you don't like what she does, then do not go visit her stores, or buy her milkshakes, or any other article she would be making. To the people that complain about her butt, tits or face >> SEX SELLS. Welcome to the 21st Century. You don't like it, then ignore it. No one is forcing you to buy into it.

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necatigenis   December 18th, 2012 12:01 pm ET

the most stupid woman i ever seen...

WET   January 3rd, 2013 1:28 pm ET

The Kardashan's are NOT Well come to anywere. They are the most disccusted family. Please don got to Middle East, they are very concervative country. Nobody likes them on U.S.


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