Beverly Hills Hotel Loses Oscar Party, More Over Controversy

Beverly Hills Hotel Gay Controversy Brunei

The venerable Beverly Hills Hotel is beginning to feel the impact of the industry’s outrage over the anti-LGBT and anti-female laws enacted in Brunei, the home country of hotel owner Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah.

The tally of events exiting the hotel include the glitzy Night Before fundraiser that brings the A-list out to support the Motion Picture Television Fund on the night before the Oscars.

“Representatives of MPTF met with the leadership of the Dorchester Collection and executives from the Beverly Hills Hotel to convey our deep concern about the recent enactment of laws in Brunei that call for violent punishment, including amputation and death by stoning, against those engaging in same-sex activity and extramarital sexual relations, and those committing adultery,” MPTF chairman Bob Pisano, vice chairman Mark Fleischer and prexy-CEO Bob Beitcher said in a joint statement. “We expressed very clearly that we cannot condone or tolerate these harsh and repressive laws and as a result support a business owned by the Sultan of Brunei or a Brunei sovereign fund associated with the government of Brunei.”

The Independent School Alliance for Minority Affairs is also moving Tuesday’s Impact Awards to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, and nonprofit organization Teen Line is moving its upcoming tribute to Sony’s Amy Pascal out of the hotel. The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) joined the boycott on Tuesday, and announced that it pulled its Courage in Journalism Awards ceremony from the venue.

The Feminist Majority Foundation, which announced last week that it is pulling its annual Global Women’s Rights Awards from the hotel, held a rally across the street from the hotel at noon Monday.

On Saturday, Virgin’s Richard Branson Tweeted that he and his team would also be boycotting the Beverly Hills Hotel and others in the Dorchester Collection chain.

Dorchester Collection CEO Christopher Cowdray issued a statement on Monday saying these boycotts will have an economic impact on the hotels’ staffs and that his is not the only local company in this situation.

“Today’s global economy needs to be placed in a broader perspective,” he said. “Most of us are not aware of the investors behind the brands that have become an integral part of every day life, from the gas we put in our cars, to the clothes we wear, to the way we use social media, and to the hotels we frequent. American companies across the board are funded by foreign investment, including Sovereign Wealth Funds.”

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  1. COME JOIN ANDALUSIAN AND HELP US BUY ALL THE DIVESTING HOTELS WORLDWIDE!!!!!

    Andalusian Resorts and Spas, Inc. Endorses Protest to Pressure the Government of Brunei to Divest the Beverly Hills Hotel

    LAS VEGAS, May 07, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Andalusian Resorts and Spas, Inc. (the “Company”) (symbol: ARSP.PK), announced today that it has endorsed Tuesday’s May 6th vote by The City of Beverly Hills to pressure the government of Brunei to divest from the Beverly Hills Hotel after Brunei’s enactment of Sharia law. The Company is against human rights violations in all countries, not just Brunei. It asks the government of Brunei to divest ownership of hotels and any other properties, and condemns it and other countries that operate under Islamic criminal law against the LGBT global community.

    Andalusian would be delighted to begin negotiations to acquire any Hotel property that is prepared to divest ownership and is prepared to take care of the properties’ families as well.

    Andalusian Resorts and Spas, Inc. Endorses Protest to Pressure the Government of Brunei to Divest the Beverly Hills Hotel

    LAS VEGAS, May 07, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Andalusian Resorts and Spas, Inc. (the “Company”) (symbol: ARSP.PK), announced today that it has endorsed Tuesday’s May 6th vote by The City of Beverly Hills to pressure the government of Brunei to divest from the Beverly Hills Hotel after Brunei’s enactment of Sharia law. The Company is against human rights violations in all countries, not just Brunei. It asks the government of Brunei to divest ownership of hotels and any other properties, and condemns it and other countries that operate under Islamic criminal law against the LGBT global community.

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  2. Bernie says:

    Does brunch at The Polo Lounge now include soft music and stoning to death those who commit acts of adultery or homosexuality? That’s how it seems. The hotel employees need to think about this………..If and when this passes, are these same staff members going to appreciate the over tipping again? To a large point,If they support the hotel, they support the owner as well as his views – where is the moral compass? If these people work at The Beverly Hills Hotel, they should be considered at the top of their game and can absorb into other, now more popular ( then before this issue) properties. That’s where your customers are, follow them.

  3. Scott says:

    Whether or not you believe the ridiculousness you just posted, you said yourself that it is GOD we should be answering to. No one person or country has the right to treat any human being in such a manner.

  4. Yes this movement will have an economic impact, but it is an important step in social justice and really, just basic human rights. No, we don’t always know who’s behind the brands we use, but when we do, and we’re armed with the knowledge that they support hate and mistreatment of other human beings – we have no choice but to take a stand. Kudos to all the celebrities and others doing just that.

  5. Sue says:

    I will not patron any place who sets laws such as this, in or outside this country. This is an atrousity and should not be stood for. I will support Jay and Mavis Leno on their opposition of these establishments and spread the word to as many as I can.

  6. Contessa46 says:

    This action is a statement and if you don’t take a stand, when do you. If you hurt someone in theocketbook they lift their head and notice! Kudos to Leno and all the other celebrities who are at the forefront of this action!

    • MM says:

      I am not boycotting this hotel. There are American workers that feed their families with these wages, who have nothing to do with the pocket change the sultan makes from these hotels, while he continues to make billions from Americans’ oil use. You are only hurting innocent people, not this sultan bastard. What you should be doing is boycotting X-Men and addressing the sickness of child rape in your industry, and that includes the Lenos.

  7. The effect us simple… Workers at the Hotel will be fired or make less money. The anti gay and anti women country will feel zero effect. The Sultan will scratch his head.

  8. Chris Lucas says:

    I agree with Andrew and disagree with Jacques. If I were a gay employee of the Beverly Hills Hotel or the Dorchester in London or any other hotel owned by such a bigoted and intolerant sultan, I would feel betrayed and depressed. It’s like black slaves working for a plantation owner who value horses more than black human beings. Secretly, he would probably like to dismember his gay employees or have them stoned — and would do it if they were in his country. Hitting him in the pocket book is a great and powerful incentive way of
    changing policies.

    • WW says:

      Chris, that is foolishness. To be a gay at the hotel and make money off the idiot sultan is much more effective and smart. F the sultan, take his money. He can’t stone an American in America. Why cut your own balls off to make a point? It’s stupid. Cancelling at the hotels ONLY hurts the innocent workers…. and gay boycotts never work anyway.

  9. Jacques Strappe says:

    If the discrimination were happening at the Beverly Hills Hotel directly, I would say a boycott is appropriate but since this is taking place outside of America, I think this is an overreach that does more harm to our fellow American brothers and sisters who are gainfully employed in modest paying jobs. Protest what takes place in Brunei, not what doesn’t take place here.

  10. Andrew says:

    The Sultan’s tens of billions of dollars of (oil) money is parked in an investment group that owns shopping centers, business complexes, hotels, factories, etc. The Beverly Hills Hotel is just one speck of his holdings, and a historically gay friendly property. Why are we gay people picking on a friend to make this point?

    I feel sad for the employees of The Beverly Hills Hotel who will be directly suffering. A lot of them are gay. The hotel has historically been gay-supportive and welcoming for many years, long before it became “fashionable.” It has provided benefits to same sex partners working at the hotel (and now of course married partners too), has donated to gay causes, welcomes same sex marriage ceremonies. It is too bad that a friend of ours has been caught in this crossfire.

    • Iantha Jane says:

      While you both have a valid point, so far this boycott and celebrities on social media seem to be the only reason anyone is talking about this. Our own government has had zero reaction to this turn of events and even just a temporary boycott will at least get people’s attention. What would you suggest as a more effective protest regarding what is taking place in Brunei?

      • Mystapitt says:

        While I feel for the employees, this is not a zero sum game. Any business that leaves this hotel will go elsewhere. Those $ are still spent. It is just going to other waiters, bell hops, maids,etc… I for one don’t understand why this isn’t a bigger deal in the media as say compared to what Donald Sterling said. Why aren’t the complete assists of this Sultan being published and boycotted? What is the media afraid of? Need a tape?

    • Thomas says:

      Andrew is 100% right.

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