A Russian celeb and former candidate for president, Ksenia Sobchak, is to sue the journal Business Insider for libel, after the German-language version ran an article accusing her of racism.
“I’m suing Business Insider for libel. [An article in] the German edition was titled ‘Ksenia Sobchak called black people stupid and lazy,’ and accused me of racism. This is an outright lie,” she wrote on her Facebook web page. “I never said such words. Moreover, I don’t hold these views. I’ll be demanding a public apology. People are NOT divided into white and black, Caucasians and Asians. But people are divided into smart and stupid.”
The article highlights a number of current feedback by Sobchak, together with a controversial Instagram publish wherein she accused unsuccessful individuals of at all times discovering another person responsible for his or her failure.
“Those who long ago realized that you need to work your ass off to be successful have become the likes of Naomi Campbell, [Barack] Obama, and [Oprah] Winfrey. The rest will always find an excuse for themselves and their laziness and stupidity,” she wrote. She denies that the publish is racist.
Sobchak’s contentious social media posts have additionally obtained her into scorching water with one in all her companions: German automobile producer Audi. Unrelated to the Business Insider article, Audi revealed it was canceling its promoting contract together with her. The TV persona has lengthy been the Russian face of the corporate, and has featured in its ads for almost a decade. According to Audi, the model “strictly rejects all forms of racism and discrimination.”
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