Rebel Wilson doubles down on promoting Dubai after LGBT backlash

Rebel Wilson sparked controversy this week when she went on a promotional trip to Dubai despite the United Arab Emirates’ anti-LGBT laws.

Now the Pitch Perfect star, who is in a lesbian relationship with fashion designer Ramona Agruma, has doubled down on her Dubai promo blitz by posting more photos of the couple attending the lavish opening of the Atlantis The Royal hotel.

Wilson, 42, uploaded a gallery of photos to Instagram on Tuesday in which she and Agruma pose side by side in matching clothes on a balcony next to a luxury swimming pool.

Rebel Wilson has doubled down on her Dubai promo blitz by posting more photos of herself at the lavish opening of the Atlantis The Royal hotel

Rebel Wilson has doubled down on her Dubai promo blitz by posting more photos of herself at the lavish opening of the Atlantis The Royal hotel

She captioned the images with two love hearts before highlighting her support for the Dubai hotel by tagging it.

Wilson and Agruma joined a slew of A-list guests at the extravagant opening of the Atlantis The Royal hotel over the weekend.

And while the same-sex couple appeared to be having the time of their lives at the lavish ribbon-cutting event, the comedic actor drew criticism from fans who pointed out that the United Arab Emirates is known for its anti-LGBT laws.

Wilson, 42, uploaded a gallery of photos to Instagram on Tuesday in which she and Agruma pose side by side in matching clothes on a balcony next to a luxurious swimming pool

Wilson, 42, uploaded a gallery of photos to Instagram on Tuesday in which she and Agruma pose side by side in matching clothes on a balcony next to a luxurious swimming pool

Wilson (right) and her fiancé Agruma (left) were among the A-list guests at the extravagant opening of Atlantis The Royal hotel in Dubai over the weekend

Wilson (right) and her fiancé Agruma (left) were among the A-list guests at the extravagant opening of Atlantis The Royal hotel in Dubai over the weekend

After Wilson first posted about the posh trip on Instagram, many of her followers wondered why she was promoting tourism in a country where same-sex sexual acts are a criminal offense — though these laws aren’t always enforced.

Wilson, who has been a member of the LGBT community since coming out last June, posted a video of herself and Agruma having a good time in Dubai.

The opening of the luxury resort hotel featured an exclusive concert by Beyoncé, who reportedly paid $34 million for her performance.

‘Atlantis The Royal is over! What a weekend with BEY!’ the Bridesmaids star gushed in a caption alongside photos from the event.

While the same-sex couple appeared to be having the time of their lives at the lavish ribbon-cutting event, the comedic actor was criticized by fans

Many critics pointed out that the United Arab Emirates is known for its anti-LGBT laws

While the same-sex couple appeared to be having the time of their lives at the lavish ribbon-cutting event, the comedic actor drew criticism from fans who pointed out that the United Arab Emirates is known for its anti-LGBT laws.

Followers were quick to criticize Wilson for promoting the UAE and one of its most luxurious cities, citing its notorious anti-gay laws.

“So… any update on the LGBTQ situation there?” asked one.

“Aren’t you a member of the LGBTQ+ community?” another noted.

After Wilson first posted about the posh trip on Instagram, many followers wondered why she was promoting tourism in a country where same-sex sexual acts are a criminal offense — though these laws aren't always enforced

After Wilson first posted about the posh trip on Instagram, many followers wondered why she was promoting tourism in a country where same-sex sexual acts are a criminal offense — though these laws aren’t always enforced

‘Human rights? LGBTQ? Now unfollow,” a third wrote, while a fourth added, “Oh, the privilege. What about other LGBT people?’

Another lashed out at Wilson for condoning the country’s reputation so she could enjoy “a nice free trip.”

‘I had gay friends in Dubai. They had to get a two-bedroom apartment in case the authorities knocked on their door,” they added.

Wilson was joined by some of the world's biggest stars, including Kendall Jenner, Liam Payne and Ellen Pompeo, for the publicity spectacle for Atlantis The Royal

Wilson was joined by some of the world’s biggest stars, including Kendall Jenner, Liam Payne and Ellen Pompeo, for the publicity spectacle for Atlantis The Royal

Wilson was joined by some of the world’s biggest stars, including Kendall Jenner, Liam Payne and Ellen Pompeo, for the publicity extravaganza for Atlantis The Royal.

Channel Seven presenter Sonia Kruger, who inexplicably made it onto the guest list, first thought her invitation to the ‘next-level wacky’ opening was a ‘joke’, as it came via her Instagram DMs.

She told Fifi, Fev, and Nick Monday morning, “You walk through the hotel foyer and walk past Kendall Jenner, there’s Jay-Z at the beach bar.”

Channel Seven's Sonia Kruger, who inexplicably made it onto the guest list, first thought her invitation to the 'next-level crazy' opening was a 'joke' because it came through her Instagram DMs

Channel Seven’s Sonia Kruger, who inexplicably made it onto the guest list, first thought her invitation to the ‘next-level crazy’ opening was a ‘joke’ because it came through her Instagram DMs

According to AMERA International, a legal aid website for refugees, the UAE Penal Code states that sexual acts outside heterosexual marriage are punishable by a minimum of one year of ‘imprisonment’.

However, it continues: ‘The Arabic of Article 354 is written in such a way that it could be understood as condemning all male homosexual intercourse to the death penalty or only forced male homosexual intercourse.

Amnesty International interprets the article as condemning perpetrators of rape of both men and women to death, but it can also be translated “Whoever rapes a woman or sodomizes a man.”

Sonia (pictured in Sydney in December) told Fifi, Fev and Nick on Monday morning: 'You walk through the hotel foyer and walk past Kendall Jenner, there's Jay-Z at the beach bar'

Sonia (pictured in Sydney in December) told Fifi, Fev and Nick on Monday morning: ‘You walk through the hotel foyer and walk past Kendall Jenner, there’s Jay-Z at the beach bar’

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