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Elton John joins George Clooney’s boycott of these hotels

Last week George Clooney urged a boycott of luxury hotels owned by the Brunei sovereign wealth fund via a guest column for Deadline.


“[On] April 3rd the nation of Brunei will begin stoning and whipping to death any of its citizens that are proved to be gay”. 


“Let that sink in.”


Upon hearing the news, Elton John took to Twitter to show his support for the boycott, Bloomberg reported.


Image from Elton John’s Facebook.


“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," John tweeted.


Among the nine venues John listed to avoid was The Dorchester in London and the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, which form part of the Dorchester Collection of luxury hotels, owned by the Brunei Investment Agency.


Calling for Hollywood to boycott hotels owned by the Brunei Investment Agency, Clooney admitted to having stayed in some of the properties because he hadn’t done his homework.


“They’re nice hotels,” Clooney wrote.


“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.”


“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?”


Elton John also made clear his actions weren’t aimed at hotel staff. 


“Our hearts go out to the good, hardworking employees of properties owned by the Sultan of Brunei, many of whom we know to be gay," John tweeted.


Human rights group Amnesty International also criticized Brunei’s Sharia Penal Code, reporting the legal changes were announced in a discreet notice on the attorney general’s website.


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Written by: Gaya Avery
Published: 1 April 2019

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