Elton John Joins George Clooney’s Call To Boycott Sultan Of Brunei’s Hotels Over Anti-Gay Laws

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Elton John has joined George Clooney’s call for a boycott of nine hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei, after the Southeast Asian leader’s nation enacted new laws making homosexual acts punishable by death, starting April 3.

“I believe that love is love and being able to love as we choose is a basic human right. Wherever we go, my husband David and I deserve to be treated with dignity and respect – as do each and every one of the millions of LGBTQ+ people around the world,” John said in a statement Saturday.

The Grammy-winning singer and founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation went on to commend Clooney for speaking out on the issue.

“Discrimination on the basis of sexuality is plain wrong and has no place in any society. That’s why I commend my friend, George Clooney, for taking a stand and calling out the anti-gay discrimination and bigotry now being enshrined in law in the nation of Brunei, a place where gay people are brutalized or worse,” the statement continued.

In an exclusive guest column published on Deadline Thursday, Clooney criticized Brunei’s announcement that the country will impose the death penalty for gay sex or adultery.

“On this particular April 3rd the nation of Brunei will begin stoning and whipping to death any of its citizens that are proved to be gay,” Clooney said. “Let that sink in. In the onslaught of news where we see the world backsliding into authoritarianism this stands alone.”

The Oscar-winning star called for members of the public to join him in boycotting the sultan’s hotels, including the famous Beverly Hills Hotel and the Bel-Air in Los Angeles.

Clooney argued that Hollywood is capable of applying pressure to address human rights violations.

“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,” he wrote.

John also took to Twitter Saturday to inform his followers about the issue, and to list the names of the Sultan of Brunei’s nine hotels and their locations.

You can read Elton John’s full statement below.

“I believe that love is love and being able to love as we choose is a basic human right. Wherever we go, my husband David and I deserve to be treated with dignity and respect – as do each and every one of the millions of LGBTQ+ people around the world.

Discrimination on the basis of sexuality is plain wrong and has no place in any society. That’s why I commend my friend, George Clooney, for taking a stand and calling out the anti-gay discrimination and bigotry now being enshrined in law in the nation of Brunei, a place where gay people are brutalized or worse. As George has said, the Sultan of Brunei owns many luxury hotels around the world – hotels which David and I have found it impossible to visit since the Sultan’s plan to push for shar’ia law in Brunei became public.  Our hearts go out to the good, hardworking employees of these properties, many of whom we know to be gay.

We recognise that sovereign countries will make decisions for their own citizens.  But we feel we must send a message, however we can, that such treatment is unacceptable. We must never underestimate the power of our voices – and our actions – to spark the change we need to see.”

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