Selena Gomez and her crew – including stars Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Cody Simpson, and Shay Mitchell – are facing heat for several photos taken on their recent trip to Abu Dhabi. The most recent controvery involves Gomez deleting an Instagram post.
Earlier this week, several photos taken by the young celebs in the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque have faced criticism from around the world. Laughing and smiling in a mosque is considered a sign of disrespect in the Muslim culture, and the Instagram comments reflect the outrage with one comment reading: “Islam is not a joke nor is our sacred mosque, you don’t take disrespectful photos disturbing the peace and sanctity of the mosque for a photo like this.”
Gomez’s deleted Instagram post was a photo of her in that same mosque exposing her bare ankle, which is also considered a sign of disrespect. After a barrage of hateful comments, the ankle-bearing photo was deleted, while the group photo is still up for view.