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Celebs, members push for gym boycott over Trump fundraiser

Celebs, members push for gym boycott over Trump fundraiser”

Many are calling for boycotts and customers have canceled their memberships to Equinox and SoulCycle.

New York Sports Clubs, Boston Sports Clubs, Philadelphia Sports Clubs and Washington Sports Club are opening their doors to the public beginning on Friday through Sunday, a move they hint is directly tied to the outrage over their competitors' owner's embrace of President Donald Trump. He has given heavily over the years to Republican candidates and committees.

Ross, who also owns the Miami Dolphins was criticized by the National Football League team's wide receiver Kenny Stills. A representative for The Related Companies could not be reached immediately for comment Wednesday. In response to the vast outrage, Equinox and SoulCycle issued similar statements, saying that the companies don't support the event and attempting to distance themselves from Ross.

Critics of the president contend that Ross's support of Trump is inconsistent with the values of equality and racial diversity promoted by Ross's company and nonprofit.

We know Ross is not out there handing out clean towels to members, but he is company chairman and profits from Equinox and SoulCycle.

"Mr. Ross is a passive investor and is not involved in the management of either business", the statement also said.

SoulCyle also issued its own statement, saying it "in no way endorses the political fundraising event being held later this week". Equinox, for one, touts being LGBTQ- friendly, now influencers in that community are asking for a boycott.

"Steve was the only potential investor who believed in the vision of what Momofuku could be and offered us the freedom to seek that out", said celebrity chef David Chang, founder of the upscale restaurant chain, which is associated with Ross's company.

Chang urged Ross to "reconsider hosting this fundraiser ..."

The gay and transgender community are hardest hit, apparently.

Several senior members of the administration, party and campaign are scheduled to appear, as are some Trump family members, according to invitations obtained by The Post.

Attendees who pay top dollar will get a lunch, a photo and private roundtable conversation with Trump. Tickets range in price from $5,600 to $250,000-or, roughly the cost of membership at Equinox. Based in New York City, it is a global real estate development firm that Ross set up in 1972.



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