It was recently announced that two-time oscar winner Hilary Swank was dropped by the PR firm representing her, 42West, for attending a party that was for the Chechen President, Ramzan Kaydrov.
The New York Times does justice at describing Kaydrove as a leader who has succeeded in making Chechyna (which is located in Russia) to be “one of the more stable republics in the restive North Caucasus region. But only at the expense of widespread human rights violations, including abductions, torture and assassinations, according to international critics.”
You can see why this would be a problem if Swank was partying it up with this guy. Not to mention that she reportedly received a heft paycheck for attending the event.
42West and Swank apparently parted ways due to disagreeing on how to deal with the situation at hand… Hmm, wouldn’t a PR firm know best?
To make this PR-fiasco better, Swank also spoke at the event. She was caught saying, “Really, truly, for me this was a great honor to learn more about you and your country and what you’re building. Happy birthday, Mr. President.” However, Swank did try to redeem herself by vowing to donate the money she made off the event to a charitable organization.
And then, to add insult to injury (more…)