George Clooney Calls for Ban of Hotels Tied to Sultan of Brunei
George Clooney is calling for a boycott of nine hotels in the U.S. and Europe with ties to the sultan of Brunei. He is speaking out amid news that Brunei will implement Islamic criminal laws that punish gay sex by stoning "offenders" to death.
He wrote in Deadline, "Are we really going to help fund the murder of innocent citizens?"
Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah rules the monarchy, and the hotels are owned by the Brunei Investment Agency, which he oversees. The hotels includeThe Dorchester and Coworth Park in the UK; Beverly Hills Hotel and 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.
Response to Clooney’s decree on social media was generally positive.
Even Ted Cruz agreed. The Republican Senator from Texas took to Twitter to write, "Here are words I’ve never said before: I agree with George Clooney. Brunei’s laws criminalizing homosexuality — and imposing capital punishment — are immoral, barbaric & inhumane. We should stand united in condemning them & not give our $$ to those who perpetuate oppression."
But not everyone was thrilled. Commentator Bill Maher called his comments "chickens+++t tokenism."
"Brunei has passed a law that you will be stoned to death if you are gay or committed adultery, and here we come back with the call from Hollywood celebrities to boycott the Beverly Hills hotel," said Maher, adding "What about Saudi Arabia? If you really want to get back at them, stop driving or using oil."