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The Fashion World is Boycotting The Dorchester Collection of Hotels
Stephen Fry boycotts Brunei-owned hotel over ‘stone the gays’ law
Stephen Fry has said he will cancel his reservations with a Brunei-owned hotel chain, after the country passed a ‘stone the gays’ law.
The Dorchester Collection, owned by the Sultan of Brunei, is facing boycotts after the Sultan passed a change to the penal code, calling for gays to be stoned to death.
Cancelled in nick of time: discovered @CoworthParkUK that I was booked into is part of the “Dorchester Collection”
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) April 26, 2014
More of this in the news:
Small Group Gathers at Beverly Hills Hotel to Protest Sultan of Brunei Ownership
A small group gathered on Saturday morning at the Beverly Hills Hotel to protest ownership by the Sultan of Brunei and his homosexual death-penalty policy. An estimated 15 people gathered at the main entrance to the hotel on Sunset holding signs, carefully watched by three policemen with bicycles and three hotel security men in black, who said they were just there "to keep people safe."
Ellen DeGeneres Joins Boycott Of Dorchester Collection Hotel Chain Over Brunei's Anti-Gay Penal Code
Ellen DeGeneres minced few words when it came to Brunei's controversial new penal code which includes capital punishment for same-sex acts.
The media icon, 56, tweeted her plans to boycott the Dorchester Collection, a Brunei-owned luxury hotel chain whose U.S. properties include the Hotel Bel-Air and the Beverly Hills Hotel, in response to the news, the London Evening Standard and other media outlets reported.
New nickname: Dorkchester Collection!
Jay Leno-Chaired Awards Event Pulls Out of Beverly Hills Hotel
Organizers of the Global Women's Rights awards have dropped plans to hold the event at the location.
Organizers of a women's rights event, co-chaired by Jay Leno and his wife, Mavis, have dropped the Beverly Hills Hotel as the location for its Global Women’s Rights Awards gala May 5 due to the hotel's ties to the Sultan of Brunei.
Brunei Gets Serious About New Laws as Dorchester Hotels Boycott Intensifies
The Sultan of Brunei--whose Brunei Investment Agency owns the luxurious Dorchester Collection of hotels--announced yesterday that the first phase of the adoption of Sharia law for his country has begun.
This first phase, which is guided by Islamic principles, will administer fines or jail terms for offenses like pregnancy out of marriage, failure to perform Friday prayers and propagating other religions. The second phase will start next year and will issue amputations and/or whippings for thefts or alcohol consumption. Later next year, the law will introduce the death penalty by stoning for adultery, sodomy and insulting the Koran or the Prophet Muhammad. While most of the tiny country is Muslim, about 15 percent of the citizens are non-Muslims yet they will still be subjected to Sharia law.
The law was supposed to go into effect a few weeks so there is speculation that the Sultan was wavering but clearly, he decided to go ahead with it.
Meanwhile, the boycott of Dorchester Hotels in Beverly Hills is heating up.
Sharon Osbourne urges fans to boycott Sultan of Brunei’s hotels
Sharon Osbourne has urged her fans to boycott the Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel Air in Los Angeles to protest ownership by the Sultan of Brunei and his homosexual death-penalty policy.
A small group of gay rights activists staged a demonstration outside the Beverly Hills Hotel on Saturday and now the group has landed a big celebrity backer in Ozzy Osbourne’s wife.
In a tweet on Monday, Osbourne wrote, “Please join me in BOYCOTTING @BevHillsHotel, @HotelBelAir and all @DC_LuxuryHotels.”
It will make no difference to the wealth of Brunei, only to the people whose livelihood depends on their job at the hotel.
Excellent point, but in which other way can people show their disdain against the new laws in Brunei which could seriously harm people there, as the country reverts back to a legal system which many thought was unfair and outmoded especially against minorities incl. gays and doesn't work for women in many situations either?
In the meantime this news emerges:
Richard Branson announces Virgin boycott of Brunei-owned hotels over ‘stone the gays’ law
Sir Richard Branson has announced a Virgin-wide boycott of a Brunei-owned hotel chain, over the country’s new anti-gay law.
The law, which is being phased in as of last Thursday, replaces the maximum ten-year prison sentence for homosexuality with death by stoning in the Islamic state.
Celebrities including Stephen Fry, Ellen DeGeneres and Sharon Osbourne have urged for companies to boycott the Dorchester Collection luxury hotel chain, owned by the Sultan of Brunei.
Travel Companies Boycott Brunei-Owned Hotel Group
Travel companies are boycotting the Dorchester Collection of hotels this week after Hassanal Bolkiah, the sultan of Brunei, the small, oil-rich country on the island of Borneo that owns the hotel group, began implementing a new criminal code that will allow for homosexuals and adulterers to be stoned to death.
The code, based on Islamic, or Shariah, law, also calls for the severing of limbs or flogging as a punishment for theft, among other penalties. Implementation of the code has prompted protests in the United States by LGBT and human rights organizations, celebrities and travel companies.
On Saturday, Richard Branson, the owner of the Virgin Group, posted on Twitter that no Virgin employee would stay in a Dorchester property “until the Sultan abides by basic human rights.” And cruise.co.uk, one of Europe’s largest online travel agencies for cruises, said it would no longer offer customers the option to stay in Dorchester hotels in any part of the world.
Looks like things are heating up:
City Council Passes Resolution Urging Brunei to Sell Beverly Hills Hotel
The Beverly Hills City Council on Tuesday passed a resolution condemning Brunei for implementation of Sharia laws, but stopped short of issuing a city-sanctioned boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel.
The city’s resolution, passed in a 5-0 vote, also calls for Brunei to divest ownership of the iconic property if it does not drop plans for the draconian laws, which include punishment like stoning to death for gay and lesbian relationships. It also calls on the country to drop investments of any other properties it owns in Beverly Hills.
Says it all:
Dorchester Collection faces PR crisis
Dorchester Collection Releases New Statement While Hotel Boycott Keeps Growing
In another article for CNN, Cowdray said that the celebrities should lobby the U.S. state department rather boycott the individual hotels, which not only hurt their bottom line but also affect the wages of the employees.
We agree that it's a shame that the employees are caught in the middle of a very serious boycott (the Beverly Hills Hotel alone has lost $1.5 million in business already.) But we also don't think the CEO's defensive statement convinced us not to boycott. As long as the owner of Brunei is profiting from the hotel collection while he's implementing his new laws, we just don't see a very happy ending in store for Dorchester.
And here's the balance:
Hollywood hypocrites find a new cause
And the money flows both ways. Abu Dhabi Media, wholly owned by the United Arab Emirates, has invested hundreds of millions in American film companies. In 2012, for example, its subsidiary, Image Media Abu Dhabi, financed a new movie starring Matt Damon called "Promised Land," about the evils of hydraulic fracking. That's right -- an anti-fracking movie was subsidized by the oil-rich UAE. You gotta love Hollywood.
Whereas it's unlikely most Hollywood celebrities could locate Brunei on a map (it shares the huge island of Borneo with Malaysia and Indonesia), I bet many know their way to Dubai.
Will they boycott the United Arab Emirates, with its glitzy, Hollywood-friendly hotels, star-studded film festival, picturesque shooting locations and oil-rich investment money, if they know its politics are similarly intolerant?
While the UAR certainly has anti gay laws, they do not at present stone them to death. That is the difference between Dubai and Brunei. They are both quite wrong, but you don't get executed in Dubai.
Indeed, there's a fine difference here on how Shariah law is used in diverse countries.
Beverly Hills Hotel Hires Former Bill Clinton Aide as Crisis PR Strategist
Crisis PR strategist Mark Fabiani is working with the Dorchester Collection as it deals with a boycott of its properties, including the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Hotel Bel-Air, triggered by owner Sultan of Brunei’s imposition of a harsh set of Sharia laws in his country.
Fabiani, who worked in Bill Clinton’s administration, was hired by the hotel chain several days ago as a series of organizations announced plans to withdraw their events from the Beverly Hills Hotel in protest of policies in Brunei.
The hotel is owned by the Brunei Investment Agency, which is controlled by that country’s government.
A night at the vacant Beverly Hills Hotel
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — There’s an old saying that The Beverly Hills Hotel is where you go to be seen, and the Hotel Bel-Air — its sister establishment — is where you go to hide out.
For the first time in more than 100 years, that’s no longer true — because there is almost no one to see, or to see you, at The Beverly Hills Hotel.
Boycott of luxury hotels owned by Brunei sultan grows
Vogue Magazine is the latest high-profile name to join a boycott luxury hotels owned by the Dorchester Collection. Why? Dorchester properties include The Beverly Hills Hotel, London's Dorchester, and Le Meurice in Paris, and they're now owned by the investment agency of the Sultan of Brunei. The Sultan plans to implement Sharia law in Brunei, under which being gay is punishable with death by stoning. Businesses, fashion designers, and celebrities including Stephen Fry, Ellen DeGeneres and Richard Branson are among the bold-faced names publicly shaming the hotel group. But will their boycott help or harm LGBT people in Brunei? Skift has more.
Boycott Cripples Biz at Beverly Hills Hotel
Beverly Hills Hotel’s Polo Lounge, ordinarily packed with Hollywood types, was noticeably more sparse over the past week and weekend. One of the only recognizable faces dining there was Eric Close, a co-star on ABC’s “Nashville.” The actor’s publicist, Jill Fritzo, said, “Eric had been traveling, and had no idea about the situation. If he did, he would never have gone.”
Still, Variety has learned that a handful of celebs and other industry players are visiting both iconic hotels, according to workers who are under strict orders not to speak publicly about such sightings. “Some of the regulars are still coming,” confided one inside source.
Though names of specific visitors were provided to this publication, reps for those individuals either denied their clients were continuing to patronize the hotels or did not return phone calls seeking comment.
So, How is That Boycott of The Beverly Hills Hotel Going?
The Dorchester Collection Boycott came in like a lion in the spring, with high-profile celebrities vowing to never step foot again in the hotels so long as the homophobic (to say the least!) Sultan of Brunei owned them. Given that most celebrities frequented The Beverly Hills Hotel, the Pink Palace became the prime target of the hotel boycott.
But now a few months on, we hardly hear much about the boycott. Could it be that it has quietly died down? Or perhaps, the celebrities have just considered the boycott a part of their every day normal (ok, not-so-normal) life. Thus, this editor decided to stop in at the hotel and see for herself.
John Legend boycotts Beverly Hills Hotel, sharia law in Brunei
Los Angeles (CNN)Up for two Grammys and his first Oscar, John Legend is the dapper cover star of Los Angeles Confidential's latest issue and an honoree at the magazine's big entertainment bash Thursday at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Yet the R&B star is declining the invitation.
Legend has joined the widespread boycott against the Beverly Hills Hotel launched by Hollywood last spring.
The protest is in response to Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, owner of the hotel chain, unveiling Sharia law in Brunei that allows for the stoning, amputation or flogging of those found guilty of adultery or homosexuality.