Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton Infiltrate the Middle East

You can't run, you can't hide ... they're everywhere

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 20, 2012 10:25 AM CST

(Newser) – If you've ever been tempted to run off to Kuwait or Saudi Arabia in an effort to avoid Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton, we've got some bad news for you:

  • Kardashian is visiting Kuwait and Bahrain for some promotional appearances at new Millions of Milkshakes locations in the region. Yes, really. TMZ reports that while she's there, she's going to meet with local leaders and educate herself about the Middle East so that "she can use her celebrity to help those in need and raise awareness about important issues in the area," says a source. What prompted this? Well, last week Kardashian apparently offended some people by tweeting that she was "praying for everyone in Israel." She later added similar prayers for Palestine, TMZ notes.

  • As for Hilton, she's stirring up some controversy of her own with her new shop in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca. She tweeted last week that her purse and accessory collections were now for sale at the Mecca Mall, leading to quite a bit of backlash from angry Saudis, Radar reports. "Historic religious sites in Medina are being destroyed, while Paris Hilton opens a new store," wrote one.

From left, Kim Kardashian, Nicky Hilton, Paris Hilton and singer Kellie Pickler attend the Tracy Reese Fall 2009 fashion show at Bryant Park, in New York, on Monday, Feb. 16, 2009.   (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
Presenter Kim Kardashian arrives on the red carpet of the 2012 MTV European Music Awards show at the Festhalle in Frankfurt, central Germany, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012.   (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Kim Kardashian arrives for their Kardashian Kollection UK Launch at Acqua Club in central London, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012.   (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
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