George Clooney is primarily known for his acting success, but he’s also known for his political activism and his support for the LGBTQ community. Well, the actor is once again speaking out in defense of gay citizens, this time in the country of Brunei.
In an open letter on Deadline.com, George asks fans to come together to boycott Brunei hotels. Why? Because on April 3 “Brunei will begin stoning and whipping to death any of its citizens that are proved to be gay.”
George writes: “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. But Brunei has oil. This year it was ranked as the 5th richest nation by Forbes. Good for them. Of course they haven’t had an election since 1962 and have adopted the most extreme version of Sharia law so, not so good for them. At the head of it all is the Sultan of Brunei who is one of the richest men in the world. The Big Kahuna. He owns the Brunei Investment Agency and they in turn own some pretty spectacular hotels.”
While admitting he has stayed in some of the hotels, because he didn’t check to see who owned them, George is asking for people to renew the interest in the cause and join him in the boycott.
“They’re nice hotels,” George continues. “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. Brunei is a Monarchy and certainly any boycott would have little effect on changing these laws. But are we really going to help pay for these human rights violations? Are we really going to help fund the murder of innocent citizens? 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.”
George went on to list 9 hotels for boycott:
The Dorchester, London
45 Park Lane, London
Coworth Park, UK
The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills
Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles
Le Meurice, Paris
Hotel Plaza Athenee, Paris
Hotel Eden, Rome
Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan.