Rose McGowan Hosts LGBT Party At Beverly Hills Hotel In Defiance Of Boycott
Actress Rose McGowan thinks that the boycott launched against hotels owned by the anti-gay Sultan of Brunei (Beverly Hills Hotel, Bel-Air Hotel) is missing the mark. Though supported by the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and a handful of other LGBT organizations, the boycott of the hotels does little to affect the Sharia Law put in place in Brunei and hurts employees of the hotels instead.
"I want to assemble a group of men and women (and hopefully some adulteresses,) that would be stoned in Brunei but that will be welcome at the BH," Rose told HuffPo.
"Rose and I came up with the idea for this whole thing together,"Amanda Goodwin, a close friend of Rose who happens to be gay, said. "We were talking on Facebook about what was going on here, and we just thought, 'Wouldn't it be great if we got together some fabulous people, gay and straight, and responded to this hate with love instead of ignoring it?'"
"Listen," Goodwin continued, "I'm gay. I'm married to a woman. I hate what the sultan is doing to people in Brunei. But I don't think that responding to what he's doing with more hate is the answer. I really feel that way. I think it's great that we're here, being gay, sitting on his sofa. I really want to gay this place up.
In addition to many LGBT organizations supporting the boycott of the Sultan's properties, a host of celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres, Jay Leno, Stephen Fry and Richard Branson have thrown their gilded weight behind the protest. What do you think about Rose McGowan's decision to defy it?