Model Gigi Hadid has broken her silence after she criticised Mykonos following a robbery. As you can probably imagine, people from the beautiful island were not particularly happy with her comments, and she faced a huge backlash.
Following the robbery, Gigi took to her ‘disposable film’ account to warn others away from the island. She wrote: “Don’t let insta fool u. Got robbed. Never going back lol. Wouldn’t recommend. Spend your money elsewhere.”
Fans quickly began criticising her for her comments. One wrote: “Let me get this straight, you’re blaming the whole of Mykonos because you were robbed, and in retaliation, you’re trying to impact their tourism and economy by telling people not to go there?”
Another added: “This is very rude to Greece and Greek people! One of the main sources of income of Greece is its tourism and you’re literally defaming the country. Millions of people visit Mykonos yearly. Just because it happened to you, it doesn’t mean it happens to everyone. Have you ever seen the crimes and killings that happen in your country? Let alone the mass shootings? Please! What does that mean, that no one should visit the US? Such generalizations and statements are offensive,
“There at hundreds of Greece islands. At least appreciate the beauty and the history of a country, which’s civilization has shaped your own country and culture.”
Gig replied, writing a lengthy statement explaining why she said what she did. She wrote: “Let me make this clear for everyone below who thinks I don’t deserve to have an opinion on my experience and warn people of this – I was robbed along with more than 30 houses that night, some to gunpoint,
“It was not possible to contact any form of law enforcement except through my local security who happened to have a contact. That is a privilege that most people travelling there wouldn’t have. If something happens while the police station is closed, there is nothing that can be done to protect yourself, and when the station does open, it doesn’t seem as though their training and resources are in line with keeping people safe or keeping up with the amount of crime that sis happening on a nightly basis there (I am speaking of the island specifically only because it’s where I experienced this),
“This is not information that is shared with people before they go. If I’d known it happened so much and there was not enough infrastructure to protect myself I wouldn’t have gone. So this is my opinion based on actual events and you not liking that isn’t my problem. Lastly, I work my ass off and never do a trip like this for myself and friends, so if I want to post pictures of the trip after being robbed, I will do so.”
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