George Clooney Calls For Brunei Hotel Boycott Over LGBT Death Penalty
By Parker Diakite
Actor George Clooney is calling for the international community to boycott nine hotels linked to Brunei after the country’s sultan announced that anyone caught engaging in homosexual acts would be punished by death.
Clooney condemned Brunei’s government in an opinion piece penned in Deadline and stated that Brunei’s sultan owns the Brunei Investment Agency, which also owns “some pretty spectacular hotels.”
“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 stated.
“Brunei is a Monarchy and certainly any boycott would have little effect on changing these laws. I’ve learned over years of dealing with murderous regimes that you can’t shame them,” he continued. “But you can shame the banks, the financiers and the institutions that do business with them and choose to look the other way.”
The nine hotels Clooney wants the public to boycott include:
The Dorchester and 45 Park Lane in London; Coworth Park in Ascot; The Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills; Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles; Le Meurice and Hotel Plaza Athenee in Paris; Hotel Eden in Rome; and Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan.
Despite growing opposition and international pressure, the country is showing no signs of backing down from their law.
In a statement from the office of Brunei’s Prime Minister, officials stated “Brunei Darussalam is a sovereign Islamic and fully independent country and, like all other independent countries, enforces its own rule of laws. Brunei Darussalam has always been [practicing] a dual legal system, one that is based on the Syariah Law and the other on Common Law.”
The law will go into effect April 3.