Gay Star News reports that The Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) is questioning Jennifer Aniston’s decision to become Emirates’ brand ambassador; a deal that could be worth $5 million.
Boutros Boutros, Emirates’ Divisional SVP for Corporate Communications, Marketing & Brand, released a statement that says: “We can confirm that we are working with Ms Jennifer Aniston on a global digital and television campaign. We do not wish to discuss contract details, and more information about the campaign will be unveiled in due course.”
Laura Glading, Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) National President, told Gay Star Business: “APFA has serious concerns about the way the Gulf carriers treat and manage their flight crews, particularly women and gay men. Regressive legal systems and cultural norms make the work experience in countries like the UAE very different from those in western democracies. We hope that Ms. Aniston will fully evaluate Emirates employment policies before lending her name and celebrity to the brand.”
A spokesperson for the airline offered the following statement to Gay Star Business:
“Emirates adheres to the anti-discrimination employment laws of each country it operates in. Emirates does not ask prospective employees about their sexual orientation during any stage of recruitment and does not keep data on employees’ sexual orientation.”