Kim Kardashian brings out fans, Islamists and police in Bahrain

MANAMA Sat Dec 1, 2012 3:42pm EST

Socialite and reality TV star Kim Kardashian waves to the media as she arrives to attend an event celebrating the 40th anniversary of Cosmopolitan magazine at a hotel in Mexico City October 4, 2012. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Socialite and reality TV star Kim Kardashian waves to the media as she arrives to attend an event celebrating the 40th anniversary of Cosmopolitan magazine at a hotel in Mexico City October 4, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Henry Romero

MANAMA (Reuters) - Television celebrity Kim Kardashian brought out screaming fans, angry Muslim hardliners and police throwing stun grenades on Saturday when she visited Bahrain to launch a milkshake franchise, witnesses said.

About 100 Sunni Salafists demonstrated with banners outside The Walk Bahrain, an upmarket mall in the capital Manama, after some MPs tried to block the visit over what they called her "bad reputation", according to a local newspaper.

Thousands of fans, who had paid up to 500 Bahraini dinars ($1,360) a ticket, broke into hysterical screams as the 32-year-old celebrity launched the Millions of Milkshakes franchise inside the mall.

Witnesses said police dispersed the demonstrators with stun grenades as the inauguration proceeded inside. There were no reports of casualties.

Kardashian stirred controversy even before she arrived in Bahrain from Kuwait, where she opened another store last week.

Hardline Sunni Muslim MPs presented a motion to parliament calling her "an actress with an extremely bad reputation", according to Bahrain's English language Gulf Daily News.

The assembly did not vote on the motion, the newspaper said.

Many Kardashian fans tweeted their displeasure, saying the "MPs should focus their time on solving key political, economic and social issues", the newspaper reported.

Bahrain, where the U.S. Fifth Fleet is based, is trying to overcome nearly two years of unrest among its majority Shi'ite Muslims demanding political reforms and equality with the Sunni Muslims who rule the kingdom.

(Reporting by Hamad Mohammed; writing by Sami Aboudi; editing by Andrew Roche)

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Comments (32)
cedartree wrote:
This is so funny on so many levels. The “actress with an extremely bad reputation” is classic. Glad no-one was injured. You go Kim!!

Dec 01, 2012 4:31pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Law_Marianne wrote:
Her reputation is spoiled due to her highly overloaded perception of being a fame addict. However, in spite of this, I hate to judge someone I have never met. I believe besides the negative portrayal of her image, she is highly strategic and intelligent in some form or fashion. She seems to have the ability to show she is not cracking under media scrutiny. This is hard for the very best talent, musicians, and movie actors. To some degree that can be admirable for the entrepreneurial career she has chosen. Moreover, she and her family will be wealthy for decades.

Dec 01, 2012 4:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
theidahokid wrote:
Ah! shucks, no causalities

Dec 01, 2012 4:53pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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