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Academy Awards' "Night Before" Event Pulled From Beverly Hills Hotel Over Owner Sultan Of Brunei's Extreme Homophobia

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah's decision to pass Sharia Law and make it extremely illegal to be LGBT in Brunei has rippled around the world since its announcement last week. But the latest effect of the Sultan's homophobic move hits him right here in the U.S. at the famous Beverly Hills Hotel, which he owns. The hotel plays host for many an event throughout the year, but none as prestigious as the annual "Night Before" party preceeding Oscars Sunday. That was until Monday, when officials from the Motion Picture & Television Fund yanked the event right from under the Beverly Hills Hotel's red carpet. 

The Hollywood Reporter reports:

MPTF’s top executives issued a statement to THR explaining that they expressed their “deep concern about the recent enactment of laws in Brunei that call for violent punishment, including amputation and death by stoning, against those engaging in same-sex activity and extramarital sexual relations and those committing adultery. We expressed very clearly that we cannot condone or tolerate these harsh and repressive laws and as a result support a business owned by the Sultan of Brunei or a Brunei sovereign fund associated with the government of Brunei."

The MPTF joins a growing boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel and other Dorchester Collection properties, which includes the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles. On Sunday, Virgin Records mogul Richard Branson tweeted that neither his family nor Virgin employees would stay at Dorchester Collection hotels “until the Sultan abides by basic human rights.”

The MPTF's statement reads:

"The Beverly Hills Hotel has been an incredible part of Hollywood history and a great supporter of many charities, including MPTF. We sincerely regret that the employees and management of the hotel may suffer because of our response and the response of many other organizations that have aligned against this outrageous and unacceptable legal code. It is our most sincere hope that change will occur and that we can once again continue our longstanding partnership with the Beverly Hills Hotel.”

For its part, the Dorchester Collection (the Sultan's hotel company) responded by saying that it "continues to abide by the laws of the countries we operate in and does not tolerate any form of discrimination of any kind. The laws that exist in other countries outside of where Dorchester Collection operates do not affect the policies that govern how we run our hotels. Dorchester Collection’s Code, endorsed by the company’s ownership, emphasizes equality, respect and integrity in all areas of our operation, and strongly values people and cultural diversity amongst our guests and employees.”

Did the MPTF make the right move, Instincters?

 

Comments

One should stop buying petrol from Brunei, when we could figure out which petrol companies buy  there crude oil there. That would really hurt this oil rich country not a few bookings in hotels.

Give us a break with that last sentence. How dim can you be? We are all WORLD inhabitants. This type of hate and intolerance ALWAYS crosses borders. To the sultan (note the use of smaller case, for a small man).. Grow up and decide to let people live their lives. You cannot control people based on your own head-trips and hang-ups. 

I agree 100% pull the plug until they come to their senses

They didn't seem to mind hosting the Hustler Christmas party a few years ago. Larry Flint Productions, (Hustler) happens to also host HIS, what was a successful gay porn line of DVDs and HIS gay VOD on several cable providers (in the adult section). Doesn't seem to bother then that much. Free market, there's no obligation to shop, business should support others that support them and their patrons.

spot on ! :D

Right move indeed. Can't support someone who support s hate n torture.

I stand behind MPTF 100%

"continues to abide by the laws of the countries we operate in and does not tolerate any form of discrimination of any kind."

Just because you cross a stupid boarder doesn't justify torture and murder. Idiots!!

"continues to abide by the laws of the countries we operate in and does not tolerate any form of discrimination of any kind."

Just because you cross a stupid boarder doesn't justify torture and murder. Idiots

IT IS THE RIGHT MOVE TO PULL ALL EVENTS

I feel that they were justified in their decision.  By supporting an organization that communicates homophobic ideals, the people who support those organizations are in fact suggesting that they agree with the ideals of that particular organization.  (Chick-Fil-A is a prime example).  The hope is that by losing money on the grounds of their beliefs that they will adjust their beliefs to align more closely with the ideals of their patrons (which any good business owner needs to be willing to do, within reason).  I feel that they played their card perfectly and that this will send a strong message to the organization.

Yes. We should not support people or governments that will kill our people.

Absolutely the right move.

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