George Clooney is a standard Hollywood hyper-leftist. He wouldn’t support Hillary Clinton in 2008 because she wasn’t progressive enough, then reluctantly supported her in 2016 because she was the last leftist standing. On nearly every occasion, I find his politics untenable, but on one issue we are in violent agreement. All Americans should boycott the hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunie.
As one of the richest nations in the world, Brunei holds a lot of sway over both the Muslim world and the global economy. As arguably the most fundamentally Islamic nations in the world, their adherence to sharia law is an abomination. Even as I might agree with the sovereignty of a nation to do as they please, their treatment of non-Muslims, women, and gays is absolutely despicable.
The latest heinous move is to make homosexuality itself punishable by death through stoning. This is all part of traditional sharia law and includes death for rape, sodomy, and adultery. Theft is punishable by hand amputation.
Now, Clooney is flexing his Hollywood and political muscles:
A couple of years ago two of those hotels in Los Angeles, The Bel-Air and The Beverly Hills Hotel were boycotted by many of us for Brunei’s treatment of the gay community. It was effective to a point. We cancelled a big fundraiser for the Motion Picture Retirement Home that we’d hosted at the Beverly Hills Hotel for years. Lots of individuals and companies did the same. 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. And the Brunei Investment Agency counts on that. They own nine of the most exclusive hotels in the world. Full disclosure: I’ve stayed at many of them, a couple of them recently, because I hadn’t done my homework and didn’t know who owned them.
Clooney went on to list the 9 hotels he (and now I) are calling on people to 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
There’s a difference between honoring the sovereignty of a nation and supporting the horrible practices of their government. If they want sharia law, so be it. But I won’t be supporting it by staying at their hotels. You shouldn’t, either.
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