Monday, 19 August, 2019

Equinox, SoulCycle Face Backlash Over Stephen Ross' Fundraiser for President Trump

Stephen Ross Stephen Ross
Anna Jefferson | 11 August, 2019, 13:27

The thought of Michael Moore probably doesn't conjure up an image of a buff older man anyway.

But amid calls for a boycott, it doesn't want you to see them and Related blocked access to its brand subsidiary page.

The company declined to comment on Ross' decision to host a fundraiser for Trump, but said its promotion this weekend was meant to be a gesture of inclusiveness.

Mr Ross, who also owns the Miami Dolphins, did not endorse Mr Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign, although he has praised him in an interview with Bloomberg.

Protests have grown organically around the country, including San Francisco where dozens of activists staged a protest outside the SoulCycle location in the Castro district Wednesday evening, hours after it was reported that the owner was planning a ritzy fundraiser for President Donald Trump at his home in the Hamptons in NY. Tickets cost anywhere from $100,000 to $250,000, the Washington Post found. He's known as the man behind New York City's Time Warner Center and the most expensive real estate development in USA history Hudson Yards as well as the owner of National Football League team Miami Dolphins .

Word of the fundraiser was distributed through a newsletter called "betches sup".

I regret to inform you that the massive amounts of money you spend thinking it would go toward improving your health...is also going to Trump.

Ross is under fire by some for organizing a fundraiser for President Donald Trump, with customers of Equinox and SoulCycle planning a boycott of the high-end gyms and studios. The two fitness clubs were inundated with canceled memberships, according to Page Six and a review of my Facebook timeline. Thus, the tweet from Michael Moore. In a tweet, Stills questioned how Ross could justify his support for Trump when his nonprofit, Ross Initiative for Sports Equality, says part of its mission is to end racial discrimination.

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Equinox is not the only business connected to The Related Companies which has been impacted by the announcement of the fundraiser.

Equinox's recent "Life's a Ball" campaign celebrated Pride and honored the transgender community.

"We joined this gym because we believed it shared our values".

In a statement, Ross pushed back at his critics.

But the biggest draw will be Trump himself. It isn't surprising that one businessman supports another.

"Why is Stephan Ross hosting a fund raiser for trump???"

Equinox and SoulCycle released the same statement saying: "Neither Equinox nor SoulCycle have anything to do with the event later this week and do not support it". "We are committed to all our members and the communities we live in". In a statement Wednesday, Ross said he has known Trump for 40 years but does not agree with the president on everything. Both she and Chelsea Clinton are reported to be SoulCycle enthusiasts.

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