SoulCycle was backpedalling on Wednesday after huge backlash ensued following the announcement that investor Stephen Ross is hosting a Trump fundraiser.
The billionaire SoulCycle and Equinox owner holding the event for U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2020 Presidential campaign.
A number of influential celebrities are not vibing with Ross’ upcoming fundraiser in Southampton this weekend. Supermodel Chrissy Teigen, “Chicago P.D.” star Sophia Bush and “Lion King” actor Billy Eichner all boycotted SoulCycle and Equinox over the news.
“The gym is my personal hell but if you’re a member of Equinox perhaps it is time to say peace (out),” Teigen tweeted on Wednesday. “F**k equinox… Oh and f**k SoulcCycle but I thought that way before this anyhow.”
“Hey, Equinox,” Eichner tweeted at the company. “What’s your policy for cancelling memberships once a member finds out your owner is enabling racism and mass murder?”
SoulCycle and Equinox both released statements insisting the fundraiser in no way reflects the two companies’ policies or views. “SoulCycle has nothing to do with the event and does not support it,” SoulCycle tweeted. “No company profits are used to fund politicians,” adding, “Mr. Ross is a passive investor and is not involved in the management of SoulCycle.”
Ross addressed the controversy in a statement shared by Miami Herald‘s Adam Beasley. “I always have been an active participant in the democratic process. While some prefer to sit outside of the process and criticize, I prefer to engage directly,” Ross wrote. “I have known Donald Trump for 40 years, and while we may agree on some issues, we strongly disagree on many others.”
News of the event was first reported by Out Magazine. See more reaction to Ross’ upcoming fundraiser below.