George Clooney calls for boycott of hotel brand over Brunei’s LGBT death penalty
Hollywood A-list actor, George Clooney, has called for a boycott of some of the world’s top hotel brands, such as London’s Dorchester Hotel and the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles.
The star’s plea comes as the owner of the hotels, the Sultan of Brunei, is set to introduce the death penalty for being gay in his country. The new law only applies to muslim citiznes.
Writing an opinion piece for showbiz website, Deadline, Clooney wrote about how 3 April had previously been an important day in history. He then outlined the cruel anti-gay stance of the nation, which is set to introduce the gay death penalty next week:
“On this particular April 3rd the nation of Brunei will begin stoning and whipping to death any of its citizens that are proved to be gay,' Clooney wrote.
“At the head of it all is the Sultan of Brunei who is one of the richest men in the world. The Big Kahuna. He owns the Brunei Investment Agency and they in turn own some pretty spectacular hotels.”
“They’re nice hotels. The people who work there are kind and helpful and have no part in the ownership of these properties. But let’s be clear, every single time we stay at or take meetings at or dine at any of these nine hotels we are putting money directly into the pockets of men who choose to stone and whip to death their own citizens for being gay or accused of adultery”, Clooney wrote.
Murder of innocent citizens
“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? Are we really going to help fund the murder of innocent citizens?” The Hollywood actor asked.
“I’ve learned over years of dealing with murderous regimes that you can’t shame them. But you can shame the banks, the financiers and the institutions that do business with them and choose to look the other way.”
The Brunei Investment Agency owns nine top hotel brands in all. Two of those are based in London and Clooney listed all the hotels he wants boycotted in his article.
The Dorchester, London
45 Park Lane, London
Coworth Park, UK
The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills
Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles
Le Meurice, Paris
Hotel Plaza Athenee, Paris
Hotel Eden, Rome
Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan
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