Chrissy Teigen has urged her fans to cancel their SoulCycle and Equinox memberships after learning that the owner is hosting a Donald Trump fundraiser.
The 33-year-old model is calling for a boycott of the trendy fitness brands after it emerged that boss Stephen Ross is throwing a Hamptons bash this Friday to promote Trump’s re-election.
Ross, the chairman of Related Companies, which owns Equinox and SoulCycle, is hosting an event where tickets will cost up to $250,000 (£205,000), according to the Washington Post.
Chrissy took to her Instagram Stories on Thursday to speak out against the gyms, telling fans: ‘A lot of my very cool, socially aware, progressive, awesome, amazing friends are members of Equinox or Soulcycle.
She went on: ‘I just want to let you now that their owner is hosting a giant Trump fundraiser so f**k them.
‘Cancel your memberships today, you can come to my house and work out. Just think about it. If you’re fine with that, cool, go right ahead. But if you’re not, and I know a lot of you are not fine with that, then cancel.’
She added on Twitter: ‘Everyone who cancels their equinox and soul cycle memberships, meet me at the library. bring weights.’
Teigen was challenged by one fan, who argued: ‘She just told the world to cancel all memberships with Equinox ad SoulCycyle because they are hosting a Trump fundraiser.
‘Are we SERIOUSLY not using businesses now that don’t have the same political views as us? This is getting soooo ridiculous.’
Posting the follower’s comment on Instagram, Chrissy vented: ‘Yeah we f**king are. These “different views” you speak of are fundamental differences in compassion, empathy, humanity.’
Comedian Billy Eichner also joined the wave of backlash, branding the fundraiser ‘hypocritical and shameful’ on social media.
He wrote: ‘Money talks, especially with these monsters. If it’s too inconvenient for u to trade one LUXURY GYM for another, then you should be ashamed. (No disrespect to the many wonderful employees at my local Equinox).’
Billy added: ‘There are a handful of billionaires who own everything and many support Trump. Practically speaking, it’s probably impossible to completely avoid them.’
‘But considering @Equinox’s clientele and how they have pandered to us, this one feels particularly hypocritical and shameful,’ he went on, seemingly referring to Equinox’s marketing to LGBTQ gym-goers.
SoulCycle and Equinox reacted to the outrage by claiming they have ‘nothing to do’ with the fundraiser and ‘do not support it’.
‘Many members raised their concerns about a political fundraiser taking place later this week,’ they said in a statement.
‘We want to let you know that Equinox and SoulCycle have nothing to do with the event and do not support it. As is consistent with our policies, no company profits are used to fund politicians.
‘We believe in tolerance and equality and will always stay true to those values. Mr Ross is a passive investor and is not involved in the management of either business.’
Metro.co.uk has contacted reps for Chrissy, Equinox and SoulCycle for further comment.
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