Published on : Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Officials and LGBTQ leaders in California call for boycott of Brunei-owned hotels in the Los Angeles area. Hollywood actors are protesting against Brunei hotels in Los Angeles for inhumane punishment of adultery and homosexuality. Actor George Clooney has given a call to boycott some of the posh Los Angeles hotels after the sultanate announced plans to implement the death penalty for gay sex and adultery.
LA Controller Ron Galperin said “As a citywide elected official, I represent a diverse community of Angelenos, and I call on everyone to boycott the hotels owned by Brunei’s royal family”.
Los Angeles Council member Paul Koretz said people should shun both Brunei hotels – Hotel Bel-Air and Beverly Hills Hotel.
British pop legend Elton John and American actor George Clooney have also called for a boycott of the hotels and other properties owned by the sultanate in Britain, France and Italy.
Brunei first announced the measures in 2013, but implementation has been delayed, in the face of opposition by rights groups, and as officials worked out the practical details.
The new law stipulates the death penalty for a number of offences, including rape, adultery, sodomy, robbery and insulting or defaming the Prophet Mohammed.
Elton John tweeted: “I believe that love is love and being able to love as we choose is a basic human right.”
George Clooney queried: “Are we really going to help pay for these human rights violations?”
In a statement provided to Annenberg Media on behalf of the Dorchester Collection, the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Hotel Bel-Air’s management company, said: “Dorchester Collection’s Code emphasizes equality, respect and integrity in all areas of our operation, and strongly values people and cultural diversity amongst our guests and employees. Inclusion and diversity remain core beliefs as we do not tolerate any form of discrimination.”