Christopher Biggins has mocked the Sultan of Brunei’s support for anti-gay legislation, saying he “looks like an old queen anyway.”
The gay entertainer told the London Evening Standard that he’s completely appalled by Brunei’s recent decision to make homosexuality punishable by death.
However, Biggins claims it’s too late for him to pull out of attending a charity event next Thursday at a London hotel owned by the Sultan.
“I’ve been booked to host the Stroke Awards luncheon for months” he said. “It’s too late to find another venue: all the printing is done and it would eat into the Stroke Association’s funds to splash out now. I don’t want to let them down.”
Biggins adds that he will begin his boycott as soon as the lunch is over on 12 June. “I will not be going back,” he stresses. “That law beggars belief. He looks like an old queen anyway.”
The wedding apparently took place in the hotel’s penthouse and pavilion and the Duchess is said to have been joined by her parents, Carole and Michael, brother James and sister Pippa.
A string of celebrities, including Ellen Degeneres, Stephen Fry, Virgin tycoon Sir Richard Branson and Sharon Osbourne in April began a boycott campaign against The Dorchester Collection, famous for its Beverly Hills venue.
In April, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah gave approval to Brunei’s revised penal code, which urges death by stoning for same-sex sexual activity.