By Kelsea Stahler, Hollywood.com Staff
What's all this about milkshakes?
Over the weekend, milkshakes became the subject of ire and protest in Bahrain. But the protesters weren't a gaggle of lactose intolerant consumers worried that the effect of the delicious treat (something some folks might call Sweet Mucus) would disrupt their constitutions. They were actually protesting the celebrity paid to promote the milkshakes in question: Kim Kardashian, according to CNN.
The star arrived in the city as part of a tour of the Middle East in an effort to promote the food chain Millions of Milkshakes. Kardashian was greeted by a large band of protesters; a local paper reported that it got so bad, the Kardashian-detractors were allegedly tear-gassed. However, the owner of Millions of Milkshakes, Sheeraz Hasan, tweeted his denial of the described opposition: "WHAT PROTESTS?? Kim Kardashian loved by the people of Bahrain & wants to return!!"
No proof of the gassing has emerged, but the protesters have been photographed. Clearly, Kardashian's presence was not a welcome one, at least to a few folks, in Bahrain. Yes, Kim K may be able to bridge the gap between rap music lovers and celebrity gossip fiends, thanks to her hallowed union with Kanye West, but she can't win everyone over. But she shouldn't worry. There are plenty of other celebs who have outworn their welcome all over the world. You're in good company, Kimmie.
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