Kim Kardashian isn’t the only Hollywood figure who has taken issue with the Beverly Hills Hotel due to the actions of the hotel owner Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, but the newlywed thinks boycotting the hotel may not be the best way to make an impact.
The reality star — and wife of Kanye West — took to her official website Monday morning to share her opinion on the situation and call for a different type of action.
Kardashian, who posted about her fond memories of riding her bike to meet her father, the late Robert Kardashian, at the hotel’s coffee shop, noted that boycotting the hotel “doesn’t even make a dent in [the Sultan of Brunei's] fortunes” but negatively affects the establishment’s employees, many of whom Kardashian says she has come to know personally.
Kardashian wrote that she and a friend were planning to visit the hotel due to its strict anti-paparazzi policy before reconsidering due to the boycott, but then decided that “the hotel staff are being negatively affected every day with the boycott that has gone on for weeks now… We shouldn’t punish the amazing hard-working people who have been so good to us for years!”
Though Kardashian moved her recent bridal shower from the Beverly Hills Hotel to the Peninsula Hotel due to anti-LGBT and anti-female laws enacted in the sultan’s native Brunei, she now seems to be backing a different approach.
“Boycotting the hotel won’t affect the sultan, just our dear friends who work there,” she opined.
Kardashian’s view is certainly shared by employees of the Dorchester Collection hotel, who have taken to social media to plead with customers to return. A Facebook page, We Are the Beverly Hills Hotel, asks the public to “Stand With Us,” and the workers have created a YouTube video to showcase their diversity.
“We also respect the right of all Americans to protest,” the Facebook page says. “But we respectfully request that all those who are boycotting the Beverly Hills Hotel review the facts and weigh the consequences and benefits of their actions.
“While the hotel has pledged to protect us by maintaining wages and making up for lost tips, the uncertainty of how long the boycott will last and the countless lost opportunities to work overtime or earn more tips significantly and negatively impacts us. At the end of the day, this boycott targets us, our families and our livelihood,” they wrote.
The boycott originated as a result of the sultan’s plans to impose Sharia law in Brunei, including punishments such as death by stoning for gays and lesbians and the flogging of women who have abortions.
Business at both the Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel-Air has dropped significantly since various orgs began pulling high-profile events from the venues, and protesters have taken to the streets on several occasions to demand that the sultan sell the properties.
The Motion Picture Television Fund pulled its pre-Oscars Night Before fundraiser from the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Independent School Alliance for Minority Affairs moved its Image Awards to the Beverly Wilshire. Nonprofit org Teen Line followed suit by moving its tribute to Amy Pascal, while the International Women’s Media Foundation pulled its Courage in Journalism Awards ceremony from the hotel.
After relocating its annual Global Women’s Rights Awards from the hotel, the Feminist Majority Foundation held a rally across the way from the hotel on May 5, joined by supporters including Jay Leno and his wife Mavis.
The Human Rights Campaign has planned another protest at the same location (Will Rogers Memorial Park) slated to take place June 27. Supporters outside of L.A. will gather peacefully in Paris, Milan, London and Washington D.C.