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Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 5:07 PM
Updated: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ 5:11 PM
— UPDATE Jan. 24:
L’Oreal Paris recently made history when it featured model Amena Khan in its new hair product campaign, but when tweets she penned in 2014 made the rounds online, she announced she would step down.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution was not able to view the now-deleted tweets, but screenshots of Khan’s comments showed she referred to Israel as a “sinister state” and said the country is full of “child murderers.”
On Monday, she shared a statement with her more than 570,000 Instagram followers and wrote, “I recently took part in a campaign, which excited me because it celebrated inclusivity. With deep regret, I've decided to step down from this campaign because the current conversations surrounding it detract from the positive and inclusive sentiment that it set out to deliver.”
Khan made a second post Wednesday to clear up any misunderstandings.
“I stand by, grieve for and am outraged by the suffering of children whether they’re victims of war or any other type of abuse,” she wrote. “My choice of words in the 2014 tweets could have been worded better as I know there was genuine hurt in a community that I sounded like I was generalizing.”
The reaction to Khan’s stepping down has been mixed as some Twitter users were frustrated that she apologized in the first place.
A British Muslim woman has been hounded out from an ad campaign for being critical of Israel. So criticising countries is racist now?— Sunny Hundal (@sunny_hundal) January 22, 2018
Where are those defenders of free speech now? 🙄https://t.co/7Vglcb7nDs
Amena Khan, the Muslim model who was sponsored by L’Oreal, was made to step down after her 2014 tweets criticizing Israel’s brutal attacks on Gaza went viral and caused an uproar. I’m not sure why she apologized. L’Oréal should be apologizing.— Oraynab Jwayyed (@oraynabj) January 23, 2018
Notice the double standard.— Areeb Ullah (@are_eb) January 22, 2018
Gal Gadot: Ex Israeli soldier who openly supported the IDF's 2014 war in Gaza that killed 2,200 Palestinians. Not forced to apologise
Amena Khan: Muslim woman who tweeted support for Palestinian children killed in Gaza 2014. Forced to apologise.
ORIGINAL STORY Jan. 19:
L’Oreal Paris made history when it featured model Amena Khan in its new hair product campaign.
Khan, a British beauty blogger, model and co-founder of Ardere Cosmetics, is the first hijab-wearing model to star in a hair campaign for a major international brand.
She revealed the video campaign to her more than 570,000 Instagram followers last week, calling it a “game changing” project.
On Twitter, L’Oreal and Khan received their share of praise and backlash.
My phone has been buzzing with messages since the campaign went live. The amount of support has been overwhelming 😫💓 From the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone who has sent even a nugget of positivity our way!!! #allworthit ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #Repost @osaama_official ・・・ Congratulations babe @amenaofficial She made me believe the impossible is possible. #loreal @elleuk @britishvogue @glamourmag @huffpost @thisisinsider @refinery29 @emirateswoman @voguearabia @popsugarbeauty @lorealhair
In an interview with Vogue UK published Sunday, Khan lauded the European brand for its commitment to inclusion. “They're literally putting a girl in a headscarf — whose hair you can't see — in a hair campaign ... because what they're really valuing through the campaign is the voices that we have,” Khan said.
"You have to wonder – why is it presumed that women that don't show their hair don't look after it?" she said. "The opposite of that would be that everyone that does show their hair only looks after it for the sake of showing it to others. And that mindset strips us of our autonomy and our sense of independence. Hair is a big part of self-care.”
On Twitter, L’Oreal and Khan received their share of praise and backlash.
Love that @amenaofficial is representing us hijabis. Yes, we do wash our hair. No, we don't shower with it on. No, we don't shave our heads. Some of us are Rapunzel under this hijab and we love a decent shampoo! #hijab #Sisterhood— Khadijah Hayley (@Khadalina) January 17, 2018
Guys I've just watched @amenaofficial's L'Oreal hair advert. I'm in tears, I love it. This is amazing for a muslim woman who wears a headscarf to be on an advert for HAIR, like girl yes we also want to be represented and have hair products to suit our needs. This is beautiful <3— R (@Ralliikhan) January 18, 2018
Amazing campaign by Loreal! So HAPPY to see my gal @amenaofficial on a hair commercial. Very empowering😌 💕💕 I get asked a lot why I spend so much on hair care if nobody sees my hair. Well I SEE my hair. Isn't that a good enough reason? https://t.co/TqlebHV6R9— Jayyida Badhry (@jayyida) January 19, 2018
The campaign reignited a controversial discussion about the hijab, with many arguing that the garment promotes oppression of women.
Hey @Loreal @LOrealParisUK you're promoting an oppressive garment.— Mark (@Marky_Mark1259) January 18, 2018
You're a disgrace.
Look at Muslim women fighting for the right *NOT* to wear hijab under an Islamic theocracy.
You're promoting oppression and so-called "modesty" to girls and women. https://t.co/SFhN94ecJX
SOME women are stoned for not wearing them. Amena Khan looks beautiful, strong and confident. I don’t think L’Oréal were trying to be “funny” as @Loobona said. I think they were being inclusive and showing regardless of race, colour and size, all women are beautiful.— Savannah (@Savannah_JH92) January 18, 2018
Last March, when Nike announced its new sports hijab, many Muslim women defended their choice to wear the hijab.
Muslim feminist Hanna Yusuf has also addressed critics of the hijab in the past and said that wearing hers is a feminist statement.
“In a world where a woman’s value is often reduced to her sexual allure, what could be more empowering than rejecting that notion?” she said in a video for The Guardian.
But, Yusuf said, her concern with the hijab being unfairly portrayed as oppression is not a denial of the fact that some women are forced to wear it in some parts of the world.
Still, some users felt that including a hijab-wearing model to promote hair products was “#pointless” or was just the company's attempt to make a statement.
I agree, hijab wearers have needs and in most cases take better care of their hair, but I think the ad is trying to put out a statement, not selling a product.— Abeer Mishkhas (@Abeer1_mishkhas) January 19, 2018
Khan was also criticized for some of her previous tweets, in which she referred to Israel as a “sinister state.” Those tweets have since been deleted.
Amena Khan was chosen by @LOrealParisUK to model for the company’s newest hair product campaign. However, a search of Khan’s Twitter account raises questions about the appropriateness of making her the face of the new campaign. Khan frequently espouses anti-Israel views. pic.twitter.com/ynMQ7dfjXJ— Aisha Murtad (@UmmAlMumineen) January 19, 2018
For reference, President Donald Trump recently recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, an action that the United Nations voted to condemn.
Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 11:43 AM
— Evangelical leader Billy Graham, who counseled presidents and preached to millions of people worldwide, died Wednesday at 99.
How Graham got his start
Graham, the son of a North Carolina farmer, started preaching throughout the south and midwest.
He was “born again” after hearing a preacher’s service in 1934 in Charlotte, North Carolina, according to CNN.
He attended Florida Bible Institute and it was there while taking a midnight stroll in 1937 on the 18th green when he received his calling from God, Graham wrote in his biography. He was baptized Dec. 4, 1938, in Silver Lake, Florida, and ordained the following year, according to CNN.
After graduating, Graham moved to Illinois to continue his education at Wheaton College, where he met his wife, according to The New York Times.
Advisor to presidents and welcomed by world leaders
Graham advised 10 presidents starting with Harry Truman. Barack Obama was the last president Graham met with, according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
Graham was most closely linked to President Richard Nixon whom he endorsed in 1968. Years later, recordings of the two were released in which they made anti-Semitic remarks. Graham apologized, saying he did not recall making the statements.
Not only did Graham counsel American presidents, world leaders of religiously restrictive countries welcomed him.
He was invited to preach in China as well as in Pyongyang by North Korean dictator Kim Il-sung, according to the New York Times. He also visited communist countries in Eastern Europe to promote peace.
Graham’s global reach
Graham was not the first evangelical but he was able to use communication and technology to gain an unprecedented reach.
Through the use of radio, books, magazines, television and the internet Graham’s “crusades” reached more than 200 million people on almost every continent.
Graham wrote 30 books and his sermons were translated into 48 languages and sent to 185 countries by satellite, according to the New York Times.
He held a crusade in Madison Square Garden in 1957. It was so popular, it was extended from six to 16 weeks and ended with a rally with 100,000 people in Times Square. It was Graham’s longest revival meeting ever.
His final crusade was in 2005 in New York City. However, the Billy Graham Evangelical Association continues to organize them.
Graham formed the Billy Graham Evangelical Association in 1950. The group continues to organize crusades, radio and television programs and publishes the Decision magazine. The association trains thousands of evangelicals and missionaries and sends a rapid response team to help in disaster areas.
His son, Franklin Graham, who developed his own following, was tapped to lead the association in 1995, according to the New York Times.
Daughter Anne Graham Lotz and grandsons Will Graham and William Graham Tullian Tchividjian are part of the ministry.
Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 12:14 PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — About 100 students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School poured into the state Capitol this morning to call for tighter gun control laws in the wake of last week’s massacre on their school campus.
The students arrived at a Tallahassee high school to extended applause late Tuesday after a 400-mile trip on three buses, The Associated Press reported.
Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 11:49 AM
Updated: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 12:06 PM
— Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, and Rick Gates, who served as a campaign aide, are facing new charges in special counsel Robert Mueller's criminal case against the pair, Politico reported Wednesday.
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Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 9:02 AM
— Evangelist Billy Graham died Wednesday at age 99 at his North Carolina home.
Graham, who preached Christianity to millions around the world, was also a confidant of U.S. presidents from Dwight Eisenhower to George W. Bush.
Here are some quotes from the man who became known as “America’s Pastor.”
Source: Brainy Quotes