29 April 2016

The Hypocrisy of Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil is currently facing accusation of hypocrisy after canceling its upcoming shows in North Carolina to boycott the state's new anti-gay law protecting individual's choices, but not its upcoming shows in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where homosexuality is punishable by death.

Institutions in the southern US state are now allowed to openly choose to serve individuals based on sexual orientation and will require transgender people use bathrooms in relation to the gender stated on their birth certificate.

Some critics said:
"Cirque du Soleil believes in equality for all. It is a principle that guides us with both our employees and our customers. We behave as change agents to reach our ultimate goal of making a better world with our actions and our productions," the company said in a statement about the North Carolina decision.

The Quebec-based troupe brought "Michael Jackson: The Immortal Tour," "Dralion," "Alegria," and "Quidam" to UAE in previous years despite its LGBT laws and even considered a permanent residency.

The government-controlled developer behind the palm-shaped islands project bought a 20 percent stake in Cirque in 2008, but last year, a private-equity group from Texas purchased a 90 percent stake along with Chinese and Canadian companies.

Other brands like PayPal canceled a US$ 3.6 million investment in North Carolina, which would have created hundreds of jobs for a new global operations center, even though it generates millions of dollars in profit from Dubai’s online payments since 2012.

Comedian Ellen DeGeneres commented on the Mississippi and North Carolina laws during a recent episode of her TV eponymous program, but partied it up in Dubai with her wife Portia de Rossi last year.