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Ellen DeGeneres backs boycott of Brunei-owned hotels over ‘stone the gays’ law

  • lee

    great to see the stars backing this cause – well done to you all

  • Truth

    Well done Ellen! We really do have the power to change things when we pull together. Perhaps we need a dedicated political party. The Greens have done fairly well as. a movement …..

    • Psychologist

      Yes, TV celeb’s voices and influence carry a fair bit of weight it seems, so well done Ellen and Stephen Fry for publicly stating their boycott !
      As you say, TRUTH – when we all pull together as one voice, it’s amazing the change which can be brought about. We MUST send a clear message to these people that such behaviour is not acceptable. DON’T use their services is a clear way to send that message.

    • Jones

      I’m not sure what a LGBT political party would achieve here in the UK now, rights are on an equal footing we can marry, have children (ish) and are protected at work and on the streets.

      • Steve Craftman

        “On the streets”? You’re joking, of course.

        • Jones

          Depends where you walk I suppose. I wouldn’t say that about walking down the streets of Moscow.

          • Steve Craftman

            I meant to imply that we are not safe on the streets. Irony fail.

  • James Brooks

    Thank you Ellen – you continue to be a beacon. In terms of whoeverthehell is in charge of their marketing, you need to think about what you say! It means nothing!

  • Steven Gregory

    Ellen is a leader and people respect and cherish her.

    As for the hotel’s response, pimping the employees for sympathy is a cheap shot and reprehensible.

  • Maryland Kid

    I know that this is an unpopular opinion, but I don’t see any of this as terribly constructive. Under the Constitution of Brunei, the Sultan is the State. He personally owns tens of billions of U.S. dollars, and he has the resources of an entire nation, albeit a rather underdeveloped one, at his disposal. This hotel is only one of many items in his real-estate portfolio. Realistically speaking, he’s likely to barely notice this boycott.

    The people who are going to be affected are the workers at the hotel. Is it really worth gauging the salaries of folks who are just trying to make ends meet in order to make a purely symbolic statement towards Brunei?

    Don’t misunderstand me. I think that the Sultan needs to pay for his acts of injustice. These actions are despicable. But if we’re going to penalize him for what he has done, let us be harsh and effective. Brunei has historically been a major ally of Britain. It has large oil reserves and is a major exporter of petrochemicals. You want to punish them? Raise trade sanctions against the Sultan’s business enterprises. But people will never do that, for the same reason that we’ll never raise sanctions on Saudi Arabia or the U.A.E. Allies like that are what keep our oil prices low.

    Now, I know that people will say that the workers at this hotel made the choice to work there and that we don’t owe them their job. By that same mentality, all of you are equally complicit for living in a country whose government supports Brunei. As citizens of nations which have implicitly condoned the Sultan’s actions, it’s time we took action to effect real, and not purely symbolic change.

    Maybe I don’t see things the way other folks do, but in my eyes, it’s kind of messed up that people think it’s worth watching minimum wage workers lose their jobs just to send this guy a message, but they’re not willing to spend an extra cent or two at the pump to make actual change happen.

  • Rob

    Oh here we go again. Yawn…

  • Omar

    I am proud to be gay Muslim. Muslim lgbt community are oppress and a lot of cases of stoning are unreported. My goal is Muslim lgbt community voices to be heard. Let freedom ring. In the future Muslim lgbt community in the Muslim world will rise. As for right now our voices being is important.

  • allan

    Google his son Prince Azim and see how he has gifted so much to celebrates and designers. Lets see some of them saying something about this families vulgarity and two faced lifestyles. Maybe they could send the ‘stones’ diamonds back to the Prince as a gesture – seems appropriate to me in the circumstances.
    Seems one set of rules for the Sultan and his and another for the poor LGBTs trying to get n with their lives. Shame on the whole disgusting bunch.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2164688/Mariah-Carey-Pamela-Anderson-make-friendly-pair-birthday-bash-Brunei-prince.html

  • Andrew

    This protest is very misguided. The Beverly Hills Hotel itself is a friend of the gay community. It has a large number of gay people on its staff, has had inclusive policies for many years (ahead of its time, actually), offers benefits to domestic partners and of course gay married couples, and advertises that it welcomes same sex wedding ceremonies.

    What this boils down to is whether we are willing to throw a friend under a bus to publicize a greater cause. I’m not.

    The people leaving really mean messages on social media about this haven’t been made to understood that they are attacking a friend of ours. They they think the hotel staff and management themselves are homophobes. Nothing could be further from the truth. A Muslim dictator puts his tens of billions of dollars of oil profit in an investment group that owns shopping centers, office buildings, hotels, golf courses, etc. around the world. One speck in these vast holdings is The Beverly Hills Hotel, a historically gay-friendly and supportive property.

    • Rehan

      It’s a difficult one, isn’t it? It’s like when Attitude was owned by Richard Desmond: did you support the magazine or object to filling the coffers of a loathsome individual?

      Ultimately I fear fairly high-profile actions like the various reactions to The Dorchester Group’s hotels might, despite the unfortunate repercussions to the staff, be more the more effective technique.

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