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George Clooney boycotts Brunei hotels over new anti-gay law

George Clooney boycotts Brunei hotels over new anti-gay law

George Clooney speaking to Barack Obama

‘On this particular April 3rd the nation of Brunei will begin stoning and whipping to death any of its citizens that are proved to be gay,’ George Clooney wrote in a new op-ed. ‘Let that sink in. In the onslaught of news where we see the world backsliding into authoritarianism this stands alone.’

The Oscar-winning actor wrote about Brunei for an op-ed in Deadline.

In his op-ed, he announced he would be boycotting the nine hotels in the world owned by the Brunei Investment Agency (BIA). He made the decision over the country’s upcoming law allowing authorities to stone people to death found guilty of having gay sex.

What did Clooney say?

Clooney began his op-ed by stating the significance of the date of 3 April. It is the date Christ was said to be crucified, as well as when President Truman signed the Marshall Plan.

Brunei’s new law is expected to go into effect next week on 3 April.

‘Brunei isn’t a significant country. Its population is less than 500,000 people, pretty small in relation to most of its neighbors, The Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia,’ he wrote.

‘But Brunei has oil. This year it was ranked as the 5th richest nation by Forbes.’

He revealed a couple of years ago, Hollywood celebrities boycotteed two of BIA’s hotels in LA, The Bel-Air and The Beverly Hills Hotel, over ‘Brunei’s treatment of the gay community’.

He continued: ‘But like all good intentions when the white heat of outrage moves on to the hundred other reasons to be outraged, the focus dies down and slowly these hotels get back to the business of business.’

Clooney finished his op-ed: ‘They’re nice hotels. The people who work there are kind and helpful and have no part in the ownership of these properties. But let’s be clear, 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.’

See also

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In fear for their lives: The hidden LGBTI community of Brunei