When news broke this week that the billionaire who owns the parent company of luxury gym Equinox and fitness company SoulCycle was hosting a fundraiser for President Trump, the fitness community — and more specifically, the LGBTQ community — did not take to it kindly.
Calls for boycotts and gym membership cancellations spread online, and on Friday afternoon — the day of the fundraiser — dozens of protesters gathered outside the gym’s West Hollywood branch, holding signs that read “SoulCycle has no soul” and “Equinox supports a white supremacist.” Cars inching along a congested Sunset Boulevard honked a cacophony of support.
Stephen Ross issued a statement Wednesday evening: “I have known Donald Trump for 40 years, and while we agree on some issues, we strongly disagree on many others and I have never been bashful about expressing my opinions.” He added, “I have been, and will continue to be, an outspoken champion of racial equality, inclusion, diversity, public education and environmental sustainability.”Ross issued a statement Wednesday evening: “I have known Donald Trump for 40 years, and while we agree on some issues, we strongly disagree on many others and I have never been bashful about expressing my opinions.” He added, “I have been, and will continue to be, an outspoken champion of racial equality, inclusion, diversity, public education and environmental sustainability.”
John Wooden, who said he had been an Equinox member for more than 15 years, stood with more than two dozen others, chanting against Trump and his benefactor Stephen Ross. Wooden had marked a red line over the company’s name on his gray Equinox baseball cap.
Quitting the gym was a hard decision, he said, but Wooden thinks Ross made a mistake in supporting Trump’s reelection effort. And knowing his own money went to Ross? “It’s an icky feeling,” said the 55-year-old interior designer.
Let’s then travel a few thousand miles away to Vancouver, BC. Let’s listen to a famous Equinox instructor who decided to quit because of the news.
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We have personal met Matt and have high respect for him. We are so impressed with his integrity, values and professionalism.
And this validates our past reports of Soulcycle. I am sure you recall our past posts? In the past we wrote about Stephanie Delisi, a PAST soulcycle manager harassed, threatened and then banned a middle-eastern man
At the Vancouver Soulcycle studio. The “EX” Vancouver Soulcycle manager engaged in severe abuse, intimation and harassment, a few weeks later she was removed.
For some reason SoulCycle Corporate did not screen the applicants well enough because they hired a manager who had a revenge agenda. As soon as the studio manager Stephanie Delisi was hired she targeted a middle-eastern man and threatened him. She even called him at his residence and threatened and slandered him.
Not sure why she was so hateful and malicious. Was it because he didn’t want any romantic relationship? Or because he is the owner of Indoor Cycling Magazine which is a problem for her because he is a middle-eastern man in a position of leadership? Or was it because he had a past conflict with her friend and thus she was commanded to attack him like a pitbull? Your guess is good as ours.
What is even more malicious is that when the new Vancouver Studio manager Lorenn Sayers became aware that the middle-eastern intended to go public, she called the SoulCycle lawyer in New York and had him threatened. They had Genna Selesnick, who is a “lawyer”, engage in a one-sided, and fabricated spurious accusation. Remember that Ms. Selesnick is supposed to be a professional? We consider Genna Selesnick a FOUL WOMAN.
However. Last time we checked professionals are aware that no matter how much you flatten a pancake there is always two sides. Moreover. Evidence and Truth are the fundamentals of professionalism. What if the middle-eastern man had incriminating evidence? Such as:
Then we saw the FOUTH departure (that we are aware of, there could be more).
Then the big shocker was in June 2019 when we found out that one of the famous Soulcycle rockstar badass known as JB Hudson leaves the same Vancouver Soulcycle which we warned you about!!!
JB Hudson transfers to Ride Cycle Club, the competition of SoulCycle. How is Soulcycle going to process this one? Perhaps keep it under the radar? Or just chalk it up as inevitable? Or. WE HOPE do some some SOUL SEARCHING and ask why did a Soulcycle Superstar decide to work for the competition of after being with SoulCycle for so many years.?
As you will see from the images, JB Hudson was very popular. JB appeared in ads, videos and always produced a sold out class !! I was even at one of his sold out classes.
Did JB Hudson leave because the way the Vancouver location treated a middle-eastern man? Did JB leave because of the recent 9.2 million dollar lawsuit which SoulCycle was forced to pay? Or was it because of some of the shameful and mean-spirited actions that I experienced?
To conclude. We are proud that JB Hudson left Soulcycle for the competition. And we again reaffirm the warning and call to action that you do not give your business to SoulCycle.