Nicole Kidman Under Fire for Endorsing Airline Accused of 'Abusive Labor Practices'
By Jackie Willis
Nicole Kidman is being asked to end her involvement with a new ad campaign for Etihad Airways after the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) claimed the company has gender-discriminatory practices.
"We urge you, on behalf of the women and girls that you spoke of so eloquently, not to play a part in promoting Etihad Airways, a company that imposes abusive labor practices on its female employees and whose sole owner is a government that stands against the very world that you imagine," Laura R. Glading, APFA national president, pressed the actress in an open letter released on April 2.
Etihad Airways -- the second-largest airline of the United Arab Emirates -- denied such accusations this past Friday, releasing a statement of their own. "Our commitment to the welfare, safety, and well-being of the diverse group of men and women who have worked so hard to make Etihad Airways great is one of our airline’s top priorities," the company fired back (via Arabian Business).
Kidman, 47, is a U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador and while Glading makes note of that in her letter, she doesn't back down from insisting the actress step down from this campaign. "Using your profile and stature for such a noble endeavor is commendable," Glading said. "However, we believe those efforts are at odds with your prominent role in an advertising campaign for Etihad Airways."