"Don't Sleep With The Sultan" Ad Appears In 'Variety'
Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei owns two hotels in the U.S., the Hotel Bel-Air and the Beverly Hills Hotel. He also has recently instituted some of the world's harshest anti-gay laws in his home country that could soon see the stoning of LGBT people. A few weeks ago, organizers of the annual Night Before event, long one of the highlights of the Academy Awards event schedule, pulled their 2015 edition from the Beverly Hills Hotel to end support of the Sultan of Brunei's homophobic regime. Today, an ad appearing in Variety reminded L.A. insiders to follow the Night Before's example.
The ad, paid for with help from a coalition of LGBT and international woman's organizations, underscores a protest held two weeks ago by the Gay & Lesbian Center's Lorri Jean. Is Hollywood finally getting the message?