For centuries, the faithful have been flocking to the holy site of Mecca to satisfy their spiritual and religious needs. Now those same people can flock to Mecca, not only for spiritual needs but for commercial needs as well. The Mecca Mall has been erected very near the holy site and offers pilgrims shopping options that were never before made available to them … including an entire store of Paris Hilton products. But, not everyone is happy with the opening of Mecca Mall, particularly because it contains the Paris Hilton Handbags & Accessories store. Angry Saudi Arabians are pissed beyond belief that a vapid socialite who got famous by way of a sex tape is now shilling her wares in the close proximity of one of the holiest places in the world.
Socialite, designer and former reality TV star Paris Hilton has spurred howls of outrage in Saudi Arabia by opening a handbag store in the holy city of Mecca. Her boutique in the Mecca Mall has angered scores of faithful Muslims who don’t want anything to do with the blond hotel heiress, who first gained notoriety in 2003 with a homemade sex tape that went viral. Some Saudis have flocked to Twitter to vent about the “insult” to Mecca, where millions of Muslims arrive annually on a pilgrimage. “Whilst Arabs are being killed in Gaza other Arabs can now enjoy sex-tape heiress,” goes one tweet. “Show your disgust.” Another asked via Twitter: “How can someone who made such a video open a store in the holy city next to the Grand Mosque?” Others thought the whole luxury shopping center was sacrilegious. “Forget @ParisHilton the whole mall is an insult!” another tweeted. “Mecca Mall! WTF…ppl who travel 2 the haram shud only intend 2 worship.” Hilton, no stranger to controversy, has not publicly made any comments about the Twitter storm. The latest store is the fifth in Saudi Arabia and 42nd worldwide that bears her name. The former “The Simple Life” star simply tweeted: “Loving my beautiful new store that just opened at Mecca Mall in Saudi Arabia!”
Ugh. I would, personally, be disgusted if I saw a Paris Hilton store open next to a McDonald’s here in the US … I mean, c’mon, people eat at McD’s! I can’t even imagine the level of nauseous repulsion felt by faithful pilgrims in Mecca who are faced with a glittering mall of excess offering overpriced material objects INCLUDING an entire store that sells nothing but products with Paris Hilton’s name on them! UGH! I mean, don’t get me wrong, Paris Hilton can try and sell her products anywhere she likes but she would have to be a complete fool to not realize how loathsome it may appear to religious pilgrims to see her name associated with the holy site of Mecca.