Actor George Clooney is calling for the boycott of nine hotels, including the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Hotel Bel-Air, all of which are owned by the sultan of Brunei.
In a column penned by Clooney and published by Deadline, Clooney explains that the boycott is meant as a protest against the implementation of harsh anti-LGBTQ laws in Brunei.
Once the new law is passed, which is scheduled to happen April 3, “the nation of Brunei will begin stoning and whipping to death any of its citizens that are proved to be gay,” Clooney writes. “Let that sink in. In the onslaught of news where we see the world backsliding into authoritarianism this stands alone.”
Clooney adds that in Brunei “they haven’t had an election since 1962 and have adopted the most extreme version of Sharia law. … 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.”
He also writes: “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.”
In addition to the two Los Angeles-area hotels, he lists the sultan’s other hotels as The Dorchester, London; 45 Park Lane, London; Coworth Park, UK; Le Meurice, Paris; Hotel Plaza Athenee, Paris; Hotel Eden, Rome; and Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan.