Actor George Clooney is calling for a boycott of some posh Los Angeles hotels in response to threats of stoning by the Sultan of Brunei, the hotels' owner, to the LGBT community and adulterers.
The Beverly Hills Hotel and the Hotel Bel-Air are both owned by the Sultan who recently passed legislation to publicly kill individuals identified as a part of those groups.
The Southeast Asian country also owns hotels in France, Italy and the United Kingdom.
"Are we really going to help pay for these human rights violations?" Clooney wrote in an article for Deadline. "Are we really going to help fund the murder of innocent citizens?"
Other stars like Elton John supported Clooney. John tweeted that he and his husband, David Furnish, have refused to stay at the hotels and will continue to do for a long time. "I believe that love is love," he wrote, "and being able to love as we choose is a basic human right."
The city of Los Angeles has shown their support for the boycott, as well. Ron Galperin, controller of Los Angeles shared the importance of rising up against the corporation.
"Here in Los Angeles we are seeking to do our part to stand up against this brutality and this kind of criminality," Galperin said. "This is a civil rights issue for everybody. When one group is under threat, everybody is."
In a statement provided to Annenberg Media on behalf of the Dorchester Collection, the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Hotel Bel-Air's management company, said:
Dorchester Collection’s Code emphasizes equality, respect and integrity in all areas of our operation, and strongly values people and cultural diversity amongst our guests and employees. Inclusion and diversity remain core beliefs as we do not tolerate any form of discrimination.
Leaders and politicians from all over the world including, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Australian Sen. Penny Wong and Former US Vice President Joe Biden, have joined in to urge the Brunei legislature to immediately change their policies.
Biden tweeted "Every single person on earth is entitled to be treated with dignity and to live without fear. There is no excuse — not culture, not tradition — for this kind of hate and inhumanity."
In a statement issued by the Sultan's office, it was made evident that Brunei "is a sovereign Islamic and fully independent country and, like all other independent countries, enforces its own rule of laws." The kingdom operates under both Sharia and Common Law and plans to continue to enforce them in parallel.