George Clooney, Elton John join global call for boycott of Brunei-linked hotels
George Clooney has joined the global celebrity-led call to boycott hotels linked to the Islamic monarchy of Brunei.
Backlash intensifies against 9 hotels, including Dorchester Collection & Beverly Hills Hotel, amid celebrity-led boycott over Brunei’s harsh anti-LGBT laws
Hollywood A-lister George Clooney and multiple Grammy award-winner Elton John have joined the global celebrity-led call to boycott hotels linked to the tiny oil-rich Islamic monarchy of Brunei.
Starting from April 3, gay sex and adultery in the country would be punishable by death, whipping or stoning, as per Sharia law.
Ruled by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, who is also one of the world’s richest men, the country adopted Sharia law back in 2014 which was to be implemented over several years.
PLETHORA OF TOP-NOTCH HOTELS
The Brunei Investment Authority, owned by the sultan of Brunei, counts nine top-notch hotels around the world. These are:
Clooney said these hotels should be avoided the country’s actions amounted to “human rights violations.”
In a commentary for Hollywood website Deadline, he wrote: “Brunei is a Monarchy and certainly any boycott would have little effect on changing these laws. But are we really going to help pay for these human rights violations?”
Elton John on Monday joined Clooney’s call, saying on Twitter:
I commend my friend, #GeorgeClooney, for taking a stand against the anti-gay discrimination and bigotry taking place in the nation of #Brunei – a place where gay people are brutalized, or worse – by boycotting the Sultan’s hotels.https://t.co/8ymurW7hqm
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) March 30, 2019
Sympathy for innocent hotel employees
John, however, also had words of sympathy for “the good, hardworking employees of properties owned by the Sultan of Brunei, many of whom we know to be gay.”
U.S. filmmaker Dustin Lance Black joined the ranks, by saying: “If you continue to stay at or frequent the Beverly Hills Hotel, you are guilty of financially supporting these murderers.”
— Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) March 28, 2019
Back in 2014, LGBT icons Ellen DeGeneres and Stephen Fry said they would boycott the group over Brunei’s anti-gay laws.
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