Kylie Jenner faces backlash for lavish party that appears to flout coronavirus rules: ‘Doesn’t give a damn’

Kylie Jenner appeared to flout some coronavirus safety protocols put in place by Los Angeles County with a birthday party this week for 3-year-old daughter Stormi.

The 23-year-old makeup mogul took to Instagram on Monday night to show off images from the party for the birthday girl, who she shares with rapper Travis Scott.

In years past, Jenner has thrown lavish birthday parties for Stormi dubbed “Stormiworld,” but she announced Monday via her Instagram Story that “for obvious reasons,” the event had been cancelled, according to BuzzFeed.

However, she said she’d be inviting Stormi’s cousins and other family members over for a celebration instead.

In her posts, Jenner shared videos from the gathering, which allegedly broke protocols put in place by the county to curb the ongoing spread of coronavirus.

She faced backlash online for the gathering as well.

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“Its [sic.] corona virus’s one year anniversary soon and kylie jenner still doesnt know what this virus can do and how it can actually harm people,” read one tweet.

“Dear Kylie Jenner , [I know] you cancelled Stormi World but u still held a big a** party for Stormi. Even it was a party for her its still a party in a pandemic and i didnt see any masks,” said another. “Even if youre a millionare you can still catch the virus and give it to other people.”

A third added: “I ask why do ppl feel the need to follow @KylieJenner after she keeps breaking Covid protocols! She doesn’t give a damn abt you! Why care about her or her siblings?!! Drop them all !!”

“Is Kylie actually doing a stormiworld for her child’s 3rd birthday?” yet another added. “Someone is dying from covid every 10 min in LA.”

According to an L.A. County Health Officer Order enacted Jan. 29, citizens of the county are required to keep gatherings to no more than three households’ worth of people.

Jenner is part of a large family, with four sisters and a brother, who have a combined total of nine children. Other possible attendees included the star’s parents, Kris and Caitlyn Jenner.

Additionally, Caitlyn’s close friend Sophia Hutchins shared a photo from the party on her Instagram Story, indicating that people outside of the family may have attended as well. Scott, 28, was also seen at the party, as were members of his family, per BuzzFeed.

Furthermore, “private gatherings of persons from three different ‘households’ or less are limited to a maximum of 15 people,” the county order states. A group composed of just Jenner’s parents, siblings, nieces and nephews exceeds that number.

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The order also requires residents to host “all private gatherings” outdoors, while Jenner’s was clearly indoors. Social distancing guidelines — including maintaining six feet between attendees, wearing cloth face coverings — also appeared to have been violated based on photos obtained by the outlet.

Singing at private gatherings is also “strongly discouraged” by the county, as it increases the risk of COVID-19 transmission via droplets, and Jenner and her guests were seen singing “Happy Birthday” in unison without masks on.

The Kardashian-Jenner family has come under fire several times for hosting large gatherings, as Kylie’s sisters Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner both hosted lavish and crowded birthday parties, which drew massive criticism online.

On Tuesday, Los Angeles County reported that a total of 1,124,558 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the county. Just over 17,000 deaths due to the virus have been reported.

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AFL news 2020: Kylie Watson-Wheeler Western Bulldogs president, Disney, takes over from Peter Gordon

The Western Bulldogs have a new boss of the board, with Kylie Watson-Wheeler becoming the second female club president in the AFL after Richmond’s Peggy O’Neal.

Watson-Wheeler was unanimously voted in by the Bulldogs’ directors at a board meeting on Monday and officially elected the club’s new president.

A lifelong Bulldogs supporter, Watson-Wheeler, who’s been a board member since late 2013 and served as the Bulldogs’ vice-president for the past four years, has been elevated to replace Peter Gordon, who stepped down earlier this month after an extraordinary second stint in charge that included the 2016 premiership.

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Watson-Wheeler, the senior vice president and managing director at Walt Disney Australia and New Zealand, said she “couldn’t be more humbled and thrilled to be a part of it”.

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AFL 2020: Peter Gordon steps down, Western Bulldogs president, replacement, Kylie Watson-Wheeler, second female president

Long-time Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon, who helped save the club from merging with Fitzroy in 1989 and oversaw their first AFL flag in 62 years, is stepping down.

Gordon, who was the club’s first president from 1989 to 1996, and then returned for a second run in charge from 2012, will step down at the club’s Annual General Meeting on December 21.

Bulldogs vice-president Kylie Watson-Wheeler, who has been a board member since late 2013 and is the Senior Vice President and Managing Director at Walt Disney Australia and New Zealand, will replace him.

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Watson-Wheeler will become the second female president in the AFL, after Richmond’s Peggy O’Neal.

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Kylie Moore-Gilbert arrives in Australia after being released from Iranian prison

Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert has landed in Canberra, after spending more than two years locked up in Iran before a reported prisoner swap deal this week.

Dr Moore-Gilbert, a University of Melbourne lecturer, was sentenced to 10 years’ jail after being convicted of espionage, a charge she has always denied.

She was reportedly released in exchange for three Iranians held in Thailand.

Following her release this week, Dr Moore-Gilbert released a statement thanking her supporters and the Australian Government for working to secure her freedom.

She asked for privacy for her and her family “during what will undoubtedly be a challenging period of adjustment”.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed he had spoken to Dr Moore-Gilbert and said: “It was wonderful to hear her voice”.

Kylie Moore-Gilbert specialises in Arab Gulf states at the University of Melbourne’s Asia Institute.(University of Melbourne)

Dr Moore-Gilbert said in her statement she was departing Iran “with bittersweet feelings” and “as a friend with friendly intentions”, despite spending more than 800 days in prison.

“I have nothing but respect, love and admiration for the great nation of Iran and its warm-hearted, generous and brave people,” she said.

“It is with bittersweet feelings that I depart your country, despite the injustices which I have been subjected to.

“I came to Iran as a friend and with friendly intentions, and depart Iran with those sentiments not only still intact, but strengthened.”

On Thursday, Foreign Minister Marise Payne said she was “extremely pleased and relieved” Dr Moore-Gilbert had been released.

She said the release was achieved through “diplomatic engagement” with the Iranian Government, and that Dr Moore-Gilbert had asked for privacy.

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‘Exhaustion and triumph’: What Kylie Moore-Gilbert faces after her Iranian prison hell

Ana Diamond knows what it’s like to be convicted of espionage in Iran and to spend time in solitary confinement in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison.

The British-Iranian citizen was arrested in 2016 and sentenced to death on espionage charges before eventually being released.

Ms Diamond’s experiences are remarkably similar to those of British-Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert, who was on Thursday released by Iran after 800 days in custody – also on spying charges.   

Ana Diamond was sentenced to death for espionage in Iran.

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“My own feeling after my release was that of absolute fatigue and exhaustion. To have been fighting for my innocence and sanity for many months is a concept many are not familiar with,” Ms Diamond told SBS News.

“I can imagine that Kylie will be feeling exactly that, but there is also a state of gratitude, hope, and ultimately, triumph, to have overcome such injustice and terror, and that you are finally on your way home to your loved ones.

“As per my own experience, a new chapter has begun for Kylie, and I can imagine she is looking forward to it.”

British-Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert seen on Iranian state television.

British-Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert seen on Iranian state television.

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Ms Diamond, who now runs the Families Alliance Against State Hostage Taking, urged Dr Moore-Gilbert not to feel rushed into giving media interviews or sharing her story, saying she herself took a full year of privacy before being ready to do so.

“She may be ready much sooner than that, but it varies from individual to individual,” she said. 

“My advice would be to be honest with yourself, your feelings, and your needs. You do not need to rush to share your story until you are absolutely ready.”

She also encouraged Dr Moore-Gilbert to reach out for help. 

“There is no shame in reaching out for help and support when you need it, that you are never alone, and were never alone, in this,” she said. 

“She has the entire support of academic circles and the human rights circles behind her, and we are only a call away.

“But I think she would already know that. Kylie is an incredibly intelligent and brilliant young woman, she only needs time to regain her character.”

Dr Moore-Gilbert was released in exchange for three Iranians, state television in the Islamic republic reported on Wednesday.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) released a statement from Dr Moore-Gilbert on Thursday morning, in which she spoke of her love for the people of Iran and her “bittersweet feelings” about leaving the country.

“I have nothing but respect, love and admiration for the great nation of Iran and its warm-hearted, generous and brave people,” Dr Moore-Gilbert said.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has refused to offer details on whether the Iranian prisoners involved in the swap were from Australia.

“I don’t go into any of these arrangements,” he said on Thursday morning.

A lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of Melbourne, Dr Moore-Gilbert’s arrest was confirmed by Iran in September 2019 but it is believed she had been detained a year earlier.

She has strenuously denied the charges against her.

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Iran has released a British-Australian academic it had accused of spying in exchange for three Iranians being held abroad, according to the country’s state TV.

Kylie Moore-Gilbert had gone on hunger strikes and spent long stretches in solitary confinement after being sentenced to 10 years behind bars.

She had vehemently denied the charges and maintained her innocence.

Official Iranian television showed video of her in a grey hijab, sitting in what appeared to be a meeting room at one of Tehran’s airports, with a blue face mask under her chin.

There was also footage of three men with Iranian flags over their shoulders, described as “economic activists”, who were met by Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi.

Dr Moore-Gilbert was arrested in September 2018 after attending an academic conference in the city of Qom, about 90 miles south of the capital.

She had recently been transferred to Qarchak Prison, east of Tehran, a desert facility notorious for its poor conditions and overcrowding, and her health was said to be worsening.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has also been held in Iran

The apparent release of Dr Moore-Gilbert showed there could be “light at the end of the tunnel” for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, her husband Richard said.

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe has also been imprisoned in Iran, but was temporarily released in March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr Ratcliffe said the news about Ms Moore-Gilbert was a “nice shock and Nazanin was really happy when I told her”.

He added: “I think probably on a selfish level there’s always a kind of a bittersweet wondering when it’ll be our turn. Of course there isn’t a queue, these things happen in a random order.

“The reality is that whenever there’s movement, there’s hope.

“I don’t know what it means for us. It’s definitely a good thing for Kylie and it’s definitely a good thing for all of us that deals are being done.”

Amnesty International UK said Dr Moore-Gilbert’s release was an “enormous relief” and called on the Government to put pressure on Iranian authorities to release other detainees.

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s MP Tulip Siddiq, added: “Now let’s make this a Christmas reality for Nazanin too.”

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Kylie Moore-Gilbert’s release from Iran prison brings ‘phenomenal’ joy to friends and supporters

Friends, colleagues and supporters of Kylie Moore-Gilbert have expressed their joy and relief after learning the Australian-British academic is finally on her way home to Australia after spending more than 800 days in an Iranian prison.

Dr Moore-Gilbert was released on Wednesday night in exchange for three Iranians, according to state television in Iran.

She had served two years and three months of a 10-year prison sentence for spying.

“Phenomenal”, was how Ms Moore-Gilbert’s friend and colleague Dara Conduit described her feelings on Thursday morning.

“We are over the moon that our amazing friend and colleague Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert is on her way home after 804 days in prison in Iran,” said a statement by the Free Kylie MG group shared by Ms Conduit. 

“An innocent woman is finally free. Today is a very bright day in Australia indeed.”

Mark Isaacs, president of freedom of speech group PEN Sydney, who has been active in the campaign for Dr Moore-Gilbert’s release, said he felt “amazed and extremely excited” on Thursday morning.

“Our first thoughts go to Kylie and her family and all her colleagues and friends who I’m sure will be over the moon about her release,” he told SBS News. 

“And we’re just excited as an organisation because we work with imprisoned writers all the time and it’s so rare to see a good outcome.

“We’re very happy to hear this news.”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he “was just so very pleased” to receive the news late on Wednesday night that Dr Moore-Gilbert was safe and with Australia’s Ambassador to Iran, Lyndall Sachs.

Mr Morrison spoke with the academic on Thursday morning and said she sounded “remarkably well” despite her ordeal.

“We are very happy, she is obviously thrilled. But she is processing it all as you would expect,” Mr Morrison told Sunrise on Thursday.

“There will be an adjustment to Kylie, she has gone through a terrible ordeal. An absolutely awful ordeal, the injustice of her detention and conviction…”

“I’m so pleased she is coming home.”

“I must say, for someone who had just been two years in an Iran prison in all sorts of different circumstances of that period of time, she sounded remarkably well under those circumstances.”

Mr Morrison refused to offer details on whether the Iranian prisoners involved in the swap were from Australia.

“I don’t go into any of these arrangements,” the prime minister said.

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Iran releases Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert in prisoner swap deal

Iran has freed Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert, who has been detained for more than two years, in exchange for three Iranians held abroad, state TV reports.

The state TV report offered no further details this morning beyond saying that the three Iranians released in the swap had been detained for trying to bypass sanctions.

Moore-Gilbert was a Melbourne University lecturer on Middle Eastern studies when she was sent to Tehran’s Evin Prison in September 2018 and sentenced to 10 years. She is one of several Westerners held in Iran on internationally criticised espionage charges that their families and rights groups say are unfounded.

Iranian state TV shows Kylie Moore-Gilbert with a grey hijab sitting at what appears to be a greeting room at one of Tehran’s airports. (Twitter)

It was not immediately clear when Moore-Gilbert would arrive back in Australia.

State TV aired video showing her with a grey hijab sitting at what appeared to be a greeting room at one of Tehran’s airports.

She wore a blue face mask under her chin.

The footage showed three men with Iranian flags over their shoulders — those freed in exchange for her being released.

State TV earlier described them as “economic activists,” without elaborating.

International pressure on Iran to secure her release has escalated in recent months following reports that her health was deteriorating during long stretches of solitary confinement and that she had been transferred to the notorious Qarchak Prison, east of Tehran.

Moore-Gilbert has gone on hunger strikes and pleaded for the Australian government to do more to free her. Those pleas included writing to the prime minister that she had been subjected to “grievous violations” of her rights, including psychological torture and solitary confinement.

This image made from a 2017 video by The Modern Middle East shows Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a University of Melbourne scholar on the Middle East.
This image made from a 2017 video by The Modern Middle East shows Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a University of Melbourne scholar on the Middle East. (The Modern Middle East via AP)

Her detention has further strained relations between Iran and the West, which reached a fever pitch earlier this year following the American killing of a top Iranian general in Baghdad and retaliatory Iranian strikes on a US military base.

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44-year-old mum Kylie Hilder is still playing State of Origin, because ‘age is just a number’

State of Origin didn’t exist when Kylie Hilder was born in 1976.

At 44 years old, the mother of two from Forster is the oldest woman in rugby league history to run onto the field in the Blues jersey.

She likens herself to a good red wine that gets better with age.

“I’m actually injury-free at the moment,” Hilder says.

“I got through this season and am feeling really good.”

So what’s her secret?

She’s played in the hooker role seven years longer than Melbourne Storm stalwart Cameron Smith, and looks at his career as motivation.

“I love Cameron Smith and the game of rugby league — what he’s done and at his age (37), the fact that he turns up week in and week out, you know you’re going to get the same consistent Smith.

“So he has been an inspiration, but as a hooker, Jake Friend from the Roosters is my favourite,” she says.

Hilder looks to the career of 37-year-old Melbourne Storm Captain Cameron Smith as motivation.(AAP: Dan Himbrechts)

‘Age is just a number’

While representing her state at the highest level at 44 is an incredible feat, Hilder wants people to stop viewing age as a barrier.

“It shouldn’t matter how old you are. If you’re up for it, get out there and give it a crack. Life is pretty short, so just enjoy it.”

In saying that, Hilder does admit she picks up more injuries than her younger teammates.

“But I make sure I do all the right things behind the scenes to keep the body good,” she says.

Hilder believes her active lifestyle contributes to her on-field success.

Away from footy, she’s a mum to two teenage boys.

“We live in Forster so the family goes wakeboarding and on the boat, we’re really active and physical,” she says.

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Hilder is a mum to two teenage boys who also play rugby league.(Supplied: Kylie Hilder)

“I have two sons, they’re 16 and 12, so they’re just starting to get into their rugby league careers as well.

“My 16-year-old is in his second year of representative footy now.”

And he’s learning from the best.

“Getting into the serious representative football, we go to the gym and do sessions together. I try to pass on my knowledge to him as well, and he actually listens to me, so it’s even better.”

A last hurrah

Hilder has checked off so much in her decorated career.

She led the Blues to victory in 2019, represented Australia with the Jillaroos, and has won multiple premiership trophies and four Touch World Cups.

But after this year’s Origin, Hilder has decided she’ll hang up the boots.

“This is it — I was assistant coach and was brought into the squad, but it’s great to be back in training with the girls, I am really enjoying it.”


She’s confident the Blues can take out their third straight title.

“The team is feeling really confident going into the game. These nine debutants, you wouldn’t think they were new, we’ve really bonded as a team which is a massive thing. If you’ve bonded off the field it really carries onto the field.”

Hilder has been involved in the game for a long time. Currently she’s a women’s participation officer for league, and has been an assistant coach to the NSW women’s side and the NRL Nines. She’s also dabbled in some commentary.

She’s been blown away by the growth of the women’s game in recent years, and believes this is just the start.

“Absolutely, the women’s competition should expand.

“Obviously this year was a bit hard because of COVID, but the talent that’s coming through is unbelievable, we need to look at expanding in length and introducing more teams.”

Hilder has been a pillar of strength in camp for Isabelle Kelly and Kezie Apps, who were both under an injury cloud but have now been cleared to play.

“Kylie brings experience and so much knowledge around the game to this group, she’s my best friend,” Kelly says.

Kezie Apps says the Blues are lucky to have Kylie in their ranks.

Kezie Apps runs away from the Queensland defence in the women's State of Origin match.
Apps will captain the New South Wales team for the Women’s State of Origin match against Queensland.(AAP: Craig Golding)

“Her knowledge and the way she reads the game — to help other young hookers coming in has been a huge bonus for us passing on that knowledge to Quincy (Dodd) and Keely (Davis), just her calmness on the field and bringing the forwards onto the ball.”

Hilder is humble in her role as the self-proclaimed ‘mother figure’ in camp, and is happy she can pass on her knowledge and experience to the group.

“I feel like a mum 80 per cent of the time, but they don’t treat me like that,” she says.

“Its so good being back around the girls. It’s such a drawn-out campaign this year, but we’ve got nine debutants here, so just being around to help them is great.”

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