Jordan Moreau, provided by Published 12:06 pm PDT, Wednesday, April 3, 2019 Photo: Richard Sowersby/REX/Shutterstock Photo: Richard Sowersby/REX/Shutterstock Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: Richard Sowersby/REX/Shutterstock Elton John, Ellen DeGeneres, Nancy Sinatra Join George Clooney in Urging Brunei Hotels Boycott 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres, Elton John, Nancy Sinatra and Billie Jean King, are urging their followers to boycott hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei as the Asian country introduces several anti-LGBT laws. On Wednesday, Brunei’s leader launched legislation that would make it legal to stone people to death for … [Read more...] about Elton John, Ellen DeGeneres, Nancy Sinatra Join George Clooney in Urging Brunei Hotels Boycott
Following in the footsteps of actor George Clooney, Los Angeles city leaders are calling for a boycott of two hotels that are popular with Hollywood royalty, because the business owners are part of a foreign government that punishes homosexuality and adultery with death.Councilman Paul Koretz, L.A. Controller Ron Galperin and head of Equality California Rick Zbur said in a news conference Tuesday that they will work to implement formal measures that would discourage city residents and tourists from staying at the hotels.Koretz will introduce a resolution at an upcoming City Council meeting, he said.Starting April 3rd, the small, oil-rich monarchy of Brunei located just east of Malaysia will implement Islamic criminal laws that would lead to punishments such as stoning for gay sex and amputation for petty theft. Brunei Investment Agency, an arm of the Brunei government, owns the Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel-Air. “This is sickening and it’s unacceptable,” Galperin … [Read more...] about L.A. city leaders call for boycott of 2 hotels over Brunei’s antigay laws
“Brunei has passed a law that you will be stoned to death if you are gay or committed adultery, and here we come back with the call from Hollywood celebrities to boycott the Beverly Hills Hotel,” Maher told his panel of guests on his HBO show, “Real Time With Bill Maher,” taped at CBS Television City, three miles from the hotel. … [Read more...] about Can George Clooney persuade Hollywood to boycott hotels over Brunei’s antigay laws?
This week George Clooney called for a boycott of several hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei over the law being implemented that will punish anyone engaging in gay sex with death by stoning. Bill Maher last night said this bothers him because “it’s chickenshit tokenism.” “What about Saudi Arabia?” he asked. “If you really want to get back at them, stop driving. Don’t use oil.” Andrew Sullivan added, “The nice thing about a free society is that you can have a political life and then you can have your actual life… We can put politics in its place and we shouldn’t be dictating our lives like a religion according to the dictates of wokeness.” S.E. Cupp agreed with Maher that it’s hypocritical, bringing up how Hollywood does “a ton of business” in the United Arab Emirates. Sullivan said it’s just “virtue signaling”––which Maher agreed with––and even added that … [Read more...] about Bill Maher: George Clooney Calling for Boycott of Sultan of Brunei’s Hotels Is ‘Chickensh*t Tokenism’
In 2014, Hollywood insiders focused their attention on the Southeast Asian country Brunei after its leader, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, announced the implementation of Sharia law, which calls for stoning, amputation and other penalties for such crimes as theft, adultery and homosexuality. Because the Sultan of Brunei owns the Dorchester Collection hotel group that oversees longtime industry favorite the Beverly Hills Hotel, a boycott ensued that pulled pretty much all of the Hollywood business from the hotel's ballroom and its restaurant, the Polo Lounge. Jeffrey Katzenberg was among the first to take a stand, as he was instrumental in pulling the MPTF's Night Before party in protest. However, in recent years, the boycott lost steam and A-listers returned to their old stomping grounds. On March 17, Lady Gaga, Kate Hudson, Juliette Lewis, Courtney Love and Queer Eye's Tan France filed into the hotel for The Daily Front Row's Fashion Los Angeles Awards. A few weeks earlier, on Feb. 23, … [Read more...] about A Renewed Call for Beverly Hills Hotel Boycott Amid Brunei Anti-Gay Policies