Not the least bit gratuitous picture of reality TV starlet Kim Kardashian dressed up as Princess Jamsine
Under most circumstances, I'm loathe to bring up anything relating to the whole Kardashian brood, but this actually ties fairly seamlessly into current events in the Middle East- and no matter what you think of her, you gotta admit Kim is quite easy on the eyes.
Socialite, reality TV star and model Kim Kardashian's very presence in the island kingdom of Bahrain apparently was enough to spark clashes with hardline islamists and riot police last weekend. Apparently milkshakes were to blame, and I'm not referring to the 32DD variety. Kardashian was in the country for the grand opening of the Bahrain branch of her Millions of Milkshakes shop.
Chanting 'Allahu Akhbar!' and holding placcards that read 'None of our customs and traditions allow us to receive stars of porn movies', dozens of islamist protestors converged outside the mall in Riffa before being dispersed by police who fired tear gas at them. The crowd was dispersed before the most famous of the Kardashian sisters arrived. Kim Kardashian also was on hand for the grand opening of a Millions of Milkshakes in Kuwait earlier in the week- that grand opening ceremony reportedly went off without a gaggle of irate Islamists marching on the mall.
The Persian Gulf island kingdom takes up less than 300 square miles and is situated off the coast of Saudi Arabia. Like many other economies in the middle east, Bahrain's economy revolves primarily around oil and oil refining. Aluminum smelting, offshore banking and ship repair also contribute to the tiny kingdom's economy. In fact, in 2011 conservative the Heritage Institute conservative think-tank lists Bahrain as having the freest economy in the Middle East and 10th in the world. But the island has also been wracked with violent confrontations between police and protesters calling for the country's monarchy to step down since the start of the 2011 'Arab Spring'.
This is probably the last time I'll be blogging about a Kardashian for awhile, so might as well milk it some more.
And while protesters in Bahrain were condemning the star of a number of reality shows and sex tapes for being a bad influence, Kim Kardashian drew criticism in the west for doing business in Bahrain so soon after the kingdom's heavy-handed crackdown of demonstrators.
Besides her forays into fashion, business and reality TV, Kardashian is famous- or infamous- for a sex tape with her then-boyfriend that was released in 2007 and her two month marriage to NBA player Chris Humphries in 2011 which led to speculation that the wedding was staged to boost the Kardashian brand name.