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Ellen DeGeneres backs Brunei hotel boycott as anti-gay law goes into effect

Ellen DeGeneres backs Brunei hotel boycott as anti-gay law goes into effect

Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres has backed the Beverly Hills Hotel boycott as Brunei introduced its new anti-LGBTI laws.

The comedian and talk show host went public with a stance against Brunei-owned hotels on Tuesday 2 April.

‘Tomorrow, the country of #Brunei will start stoning gay people to death. We need to do something now,’ DeGeneres tweeted.

‘Please boycott these hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei. Raise your voices now. Spread the word. Rise up.’

She also posted a picture with a list of the hotels to boycott, similarly to singer Elton John, who also urged his followers to boycott Brunei.

Both DeGeneres and John have joined George Clooney’s plea to take action against Brunei ahead of the implementation of its anti-gay laws.

DeGeneres had called for a Brunei boycott in 2014

DeGeneres also publicly supported the boycott in 2014, when it was first announced Brunei was implementing the Sharia Penal Code.

The boycott follows the decision of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, who is the leader of the Southeast Asian country, to implement the SPC in three stages.

This calls for stoning, amputation and other penalties for such crimes as theft, adultery and homosexuality. It was announced in March that he planned to put the law into effect 3 April.

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