Ryan Phillippe has aggressively defended Saudi Arabia as he and other celebrities face fierce backlash for attending a music festival in the country – as some accused them of being ‘shameless’ and accepting six-figure sums to help rehabilitate the country’s image.
A bevy of stars have been slammed since they started inundating social media with photos of themselves attending the MDL Beast music festival in Riyadh over the weekend without mentioning the country’s controversial human rights record.
The likes of Sofia Richie, Winnie Harlow, Alessandra Ambrosio, Joan Smalls, Irina Shayk , Stella Maxwell, Luka Sabbat, Armie Hammer, Scott Disick and Phillippe all shared multiple photos in recent days that were tagged in Riyadh.
While the majority have not responded to the backlash, Phillippe has been lashing out at people commenting on his Instagram posts.
‘Things are changing, hopefully you do too sh*thead,’ he wrote to one person.
He said to another: ‘It’s changing moron. Have you been? I’d love to take any woman important to me. F**k off.
‘1st of all I’m traveling many places in the mid east. 2nd, find me a country without issues, i’ll wait. 3rd things are changing and progressing rapidly in KSA and the people are lovely. pay better attention and quit virtue signalling princess.’