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Celebrities are boycotting these hotels

George Clooney and Ellen DeGeneres
By Helena Saadeh
April 05, 2019

Criminal law allowing death by stoning for adultery and gay sex was made legal on Wednesday in the small Southeast Asian sultanate of Brunei. The news has been met with international protest, including a Hollywood boycott of the nine hotels owned by Brunei's leader Hassanal Bolkiah, whose wealth amounts to tens of billions of dollars thanks to the nation's oil riches, according to The New York Times.

The properties make up the Dorchester Collection, owned by the Brunei Investment Agency, and include two hot-spots that Hollywood's A-listers are known to frequent: the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Hotel Bel-Air. Other famed hotels under Dorchester include Hôtel Plaza Athénée and the Dorchester London

In a guest column for Deadline, Clooney called for the immediate boycott of the Dorchester hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei. "They’re nice hotels," he wrote. "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... 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."