Published: Sun, August 11, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Celebs, activists boycotting Equinox, SoulCycle over owner's fundraiser for Trump

Celebs, activists boycotting Equinox, SoulCycle over owner's fundraiser for Trump

Meanwhile, other fitness brands sought to capitalize on the fallout from the boycotts, offering free workout classes on Friday for those who canceled their memberships with Equinox and SoulCycle.

SoulCycle distanced itself from Ross in a statement from CEO Melanie Whelan on Wednesday, referring to him as "a passive investor" who "is not involved in the management of SoulCycle".

Ross issued his own statement to Miami Herald reporter Adam Beasley saying that he has known Trump for 40 years and "while we agree on some issues, we strongly disagree on many others".

One of the planned events, set to be held at the Southampton home of billionaire real estate developer Stephen Ross and his jewelry designer wife, Kara, attracted controversy after The Washington Post reported on the event earlier this week.

Some people who frequent the luxury gyms said that Ross' decision signaled support of a President whose inflammatory rhetoric and policies targeting people of color are out of sync with the gym's progressive clientele.

In the interview, Ross defended the status quo and criticized the solutions put forward by liberal politicians.

Ross is the chair of the company that owns both brands. Tickets to the event will target wealthier donors, with prices ranging from United States dollars 5,600 to USD 250,000.

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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.

The scheduled fundraiser also caught the attention of Miami Dolphins wide receiver and Trump critic Kenny Stills.

However, now that people know Ross and Trump are pals they believe the gym's image is fake.

A reception is scheduled to follow the lunch at the 17,000-square-foot Bridgehampton estate of Joe Farrell, a real estate developer in NY.

Celebrities including model Chrissy Teigen and comedian Billy Eichner have called for boycotts of Ross' fitness centers. Supporting this administration and the myriad of ways in which it undermines and endangers members of our communities is UNACCEPTABLE and if this fundraiser indeed does take place we will be looking for another gym to give our money to and we will be calling on our networks of LGBTQ and POC friends to do the same.

Tickets to that event range from $5,600 per couple to attend the general reception, $11,200 per couple for the VIP reception and $35,000 per couple for a photo opp.

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