Gay Rights Activists Plan Another Beverly Hills Hotel Protest

Beverly Hills Hotel: Gay Rights Activists
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Two years after protesters demonstrated outside the Beverly Hills Hotel, LGBTQ rights activists are planning fresh protests at the Sultan of Brunei’s property on Saturday.

The boycott is an effort to renew pressure on the Sultan of Brunei, whose Dorchester Collection of hotels includes the Beverly Hills and Bel Air Hotels as well as other properties around the world, and protest his implementation of Sharia law in Brunei.

Saturday’s protest is being lead by activist James Duke Mason, a member of West Hollywood’s Gay and Lesbian Advisory Board, who created a Facebook page for the event which is due to start at 3 p.m.

“The hotel’s powerful PR machine has tried to sell people on the idea that the boycott has “fizzled,” but let’s prove to them that we are stronger and more determined than ever,” Mason says on the event page. “Let’s be loud and clear about the fact that the BOYCOTT IS NOT OVER until the Sultan either sells the hotel or changes the law!”

Mason adds in the discussion section that California State Assembly member Richard Bloom and former California Assembly Speaker John A. Perez will be speaking at the event.

The Dorchester Collection has been coming under fire for the last few years, with boycotts and protests from actors and activists including Jay Leno, Ellen DeGeneres, Richard Branson, and John Legend. However, Dorchester Collection employees insist the company has nothing to do with the Sultan’s politics, and that a sustained protest would only endanger the livelihood of staff members on the properties where the protests take place.

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  1. Ella says:

    If you want to boycott a luxury hotel because you don’t want to give them your money – then, fine. You’re perfectly within your rights. But I have serious misgivings about the reasoning behind this protest/demonstration.

    Firstly, the hotel is not owned directly by the Sultan. Rather it’s owned by ‘The Dorchester Collection’, a company which also runs several other luxury hotels. That, in turn, is owned by the Brunei Investment Agency, which then forms part of the Brunei Finance Ministry. You have to go a long way up the chain before you eventually (sort of) arrive at the Sultan. I’m not sure whether the Sultan has ever set foot in the hotel – and he certainly doesn’t oversee the daily running of it.

    Will one of the world’s richest men even notice (or care) about this boycott? Brunei’s money must be invested in thousands of different ventures around the world. It’s highly improbable that the Sultan makes active decisions as to what is bought and sold. It’s far more likely that the Brunei Investment Agency employs business people who take care of that side of it.

    Secondly, the hotel itself is not anti-gay. They apparently offered benefits to their gay employees, even before gay marriage was legalized. They also advertise gay weddings. The brunt of the anger (by demonstrating outside the hotel) is therefore being directed at the wrong people.

    Thirdly, there’s the issue of consistency. Bear in mind that Brunei is not the only country in the world to have Sharia law. Are you also going to make sure that your cars never use gasoline that is made from Saudi oil?
    As far as I am aware, nobody has been tortured and/or murdered in Brunei for being gay. But the same thing cannot be said of Saudi Arabia.

    So what exactly will this boycott/demonstration achieve?
    Will the Sultan revoke Sharia law in Brunei because of it? No.
    Will the hotel be sold/shut down because of it? Unlikely.
    Will you get some press attention? Yes (albeit limited).
    And I think this is all it boils down to: Getting attention. I’ll leave others to decide whether this is a good or bad thing.

  2. Dale Davidson says:

    The protestors are wasting their time. Do they honestly believe that the Sultan of Brunei is going to change Islamic law? Never gonna happen.

  3. SandMan00 says:

    Has business suffered at the Beverly? I suspect an upscale, homosexual free hotel might conceivably see a bump in business, rather than a decline. Not everyone wants to hang with sexual deviants, you know.

  4. Junior Sultan says:

    Will, your report would have been much more interesting had you dug up the fact that the Podesta Group does the Sultan’s PR. Get with the program!

  5. landaddy says:

    I say let them protest as long as they want to protest. This boycott is not going to change policies in Brunei no matter how much hotel business (if any) that they turn away. The LBGTQ are free to get their exercise while mistakenly believing that their opinions matter one wit in Brunei.

  6. Will they also protest the Clinton foundation and the clintons? They received over 6 million from the Sultan of Brunei

  7. Reg says:

    Ooh! Ooh! Islamophobia!
    Hate! Hate! Hate!

    The Donald is paying these people to spread his Sultanophobic views. So he can snap up the properties for a song.

  8. Joe Horn says:

    Holy Bible


    27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and (received in themselves) the due penalty of their perversion.

    28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.

    29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They
    are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips,

    30 slanderers, (((God-haters))), insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents;

    31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy.

    32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

    • God’s law is love and life and forgiveness is in the gay. Islamic law is merciless death. Muslims are Romans 1 people, not the homosexual. God’s peacful law is in the homosexual. Muslims and ISIS people being the same debate against people who are not Muslims. The bond of perfectness is not in a Muslim. Charity as it is in 1 Corinthians 13:4 KJV. Muslims debate against people that are not Muslims setting their face against them. Muslims are full of deceit being malignant creatures. They want to infect others with their destructive mind. They pride themselves as to how good of a deceiver they are. It is a badge of honor that other Muslims admire. Muslims are despiteful. Muslims are proud of it inventing evil things. Muslims will invent worse and worse ways to kill people and life itself. Muslims do not have any understanding. They do not have any love. Muslims don’t know what love is having no natural affection. The mind of a Muslim goes blank when asked: what is love and what does love do and not do? They are implacable refusing to love others having no love in them being unmerciful. Romans 1 KJV describes the Muslims and all that admire the Quran. Muslims shit and piss on working out their own salvation with fear and trembling. Trembling is what they give needing to repent. A lover, which Jesus is, is not one to make a person tremble. He gives rest to the soul. Muslims need to abandon Islam doing what Jesus does.

      Do not lie: Colossians 3:9-11:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
      Proverbs 26:28:A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a
      flattering mouth worketh ruin.
      Leviticus 18:22: Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is
      abomination.” People lied to women frequently. Women: The KJV Cambridge edition bible 1611 or 1900. Jesus quotes pharisaical law in verse 34 and 35 in 1 Corinthians 14. Jesus chastises them in verse 36 saying, what, came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only? Jesus is saying this: truth comes to both sexes. 1 Corinthians 11:15 “But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.”
      What do people do? They lie to the woman saying don’t speak or cover your hair.

    • Charles1332 says:

      Joe… like I’ve said, homos are nothing more than “Moral Terrorists”. When ISIS throws the from buildings, I watch with glee…

  9. Proudly Unaffiliated says:

    The protesters against sharia law need to go to Brunei to be effective.

  10. Jeff King says:

    Hillary will not be happy. The Sultan is one of her chums. Gays need to wake up to the fact that Hillary loves money more than gays.

  11. RationalConservative says:

    Are the mods asleep at the switch?

    So, fellow Drudge readers, where to begin? Not all LGBTQ people are liberal for one. But even among those who are, not everyone holds the same positions on every issue simultaneously. Just like we conservatives. A conservative can feel strongly about national defense, law and order, and fiscal issues while not caring about right to life issues or gay marriage. Liberals may be concerned about LGBTQ issues – particularly if one happens to be gay – but still feel that the war on terror in important. The false equivalency and implied hypocrisy here is meaningless unless you actually know the people in question and their positions on other issues. How often in our own circles are we both pro-life and in favor of capital punishment; it’s just as easy for the left to make these types of claims against us.

    As to those who feel the percentage of LGBTQ people in the general population makes the boycott meaningless that’s just ridiculous. Do we not care about Westboro Baptist Church protesting military funerals because there are only a couple hundred whack jobs in that outfit? No, it has a real impact on the people at those funerals. A couple hundred people protesting outside Beverly Hills Hotel will be seen by guests, it will be reported by media (case in point) and people who are not themselves LGBTQ will become aware of the ownership and decide to take their business elsewhere (somewhat a shame as it is a nice place).

    Then the random nuts with comments like “Bill is a rapist.” Jesus, whether he is or isn’t, your electronic equivalent of graffiti isn’t doing a damn thing to change minds. Get up off your couch and go put up Trump lawn signs or go door knocking or work a phone bank. Really anything will have more impact that off topics rantings in a comments section.

    • Crmall1 says:

      LGBTQ? You’re talking a Lettuce Guac Bacon Tomato Queso sandwich, we’re talking the vileness of homos. Hello????

  12. Jimmy Kilpatrick says:

    How much did Bill have to pay the lady he raped?

  13. Sigmund says:

    Hey be happy Sharia isn’t here yet. It will be. The Florida massacre might give you a hint. Liberal policies are destructive to their supporters too.

  14. Alex Moon says:

    Quoth the Hilliary: “Can’t we just drone these people?”

  15. Billy says:

    Hillary had no problem taking between 1 and 5 million from the Sultan. Why do they not protest that hypocrisy? Of course 5% of that must have gone to charity and the rest to “expenses”.

  16. Bill Smith says:

    By the magnitude of her fury in the final hour
    And when the sand was gone and the time arrived
    In the naked dawn only a few survived
    And in attempts to understand a thing so simple and so huge
    Believed that they were meant to live after the deluge

  17. fb4x says:

    You mean because the BHH is OWN by MUSLIMS? The same people HRC want NO vetting entering AMERICA? Those are the ones you should be worried about. You may wind up in the wrong NIGHT CLUB when the Next Terrorist strikes

  18. Matt S says:

    Well, it’s time to also protest Hillary Clinton who has happily accepted tens of millions of dollars from Middle East countries that have as policy, or turn a blind eye to, killing gays in various disgusting ways. WAKE UP!

  19. dave says:

    Now hush up! The Sultan of Brunei is a major donor to the Clinton Foundation and is a friend of the Clinton family.

    • Charlie Alvarez says:

      Good to see people standing up to Islamic barbarians. It’s not just the Sultan of Brunei that believes in the death penalty for LGBTs: “Of the seven countries that impose the death penalty for homosexuality, all are Muslim. Even when gays do not face execution, persecution is endemic. In 2010 a Saudi man was sentenced to 500 lashes and 5 years in jail for having sex with another man. Iranian gay men are typically tried on other trumped-up charges. But in September last year 3 were executed specifically for homosexuality.”

  20. Jimmy Chonga says:

    You pretty much know you have the fullest extent of your rights here as a gay when you find yourself boycotting a hotel in Brunei. SMH

  21. Jabber Joe says:

    Wait a sec ….. the LGBTQ community is totally pro-Muslim as good little liberals, thus pro- Sharia law, right?
    Or are they racist Islamophobs?

    • Charlie Alvarez says:

      Islam is not a race and hating a barbaric religion is NOT racist.

      • Jeff King says:

        Nazis had beliefs just as strong as Islams, but a war faction does not a religion make.

      • Freeland_Dave says:

        Charlie, isn’t that like saying that Mexicans are not a race and hating the criminals among them is not racist? Just want to be sure the next time I say something about someone that might be misconstrued as racism.

    • Steve Olds says:

      Yeah, Jabber Joe! We gays LOVE Islamists gunning us down by the score. Keep your ignorance to yourself.

      • Ahso says:

        Steve Olds, it is obvious you would like to be enslaved! You support the very liberal mobsters called the Clintons who want to bring in another Half a million muslims next year if they win the election. And, while your comments show that you cannot reason, even a troll like yourself should be able to see the changes the muslem culture will bring to your “liberal gay” community. Can You see the perscution coming your way? In your case, you probably deserve it! Not because you are gay, because you are to stupid to be in the human gene pool.

  22. Cliff Nichols says:

    Why are there no similar protests against politicians here who want to import to this country those who practice Sharia law?

    • People are hypnotized by smiling Muslims liars. People are fooled by liars that look sad and bedraggled. Muslims are happy when they see the prospects of killing non Muslims improve. Innocent people see Muslim happiness as there own, but it is not. Muslims are happy when others are sad.

  23. Hangnout says:

    There’s a boycott? Who knew? I stopped going just because I thought the boycott of a few years ago was over…Not that I’m a fan of Sharia, I just think Boycotts are the dumbest form of trying to change the world on the Planet…

  24. SAW says:

    Wake up LGBTQ—-Sultan of Brunei big Clinton Family (Crime) Foundation donor.

  25. Churyl Minne says:

    Good luck there, LGBTQ. You’re asking to see first hand how muslims treat gays. And remember your Democratic masters want to import more of them.

  26. al92lt1 says:

    I’m with the Sultan on this one.

  27. Fiftyville says:

    What possible good will this do? Seriously? Whose minds will change? I say “none”, “yes”, and “nobody’s”. But some gays get to be on TV, or so they think. Bring your resumes.

  28. Gunther Dwayne. says:

    why don’t the aids masters go picket all the hotel chains saudi arabia owns in whole or part? Simple because they are idiots being led around by their noses.

    p.s. bill clinton got a 1 million dollar birthday check from qatar where rape is legal and being a twizzler is not.

  29. thelogicalpositivist says:

    Muslim fascists vs. Sodomite fascists. Not sure which side I want to see destroyed more.

  30. iambicpentamaster says:

    I love a parade! Surely Obama is the grand marshal. Is there a Man’s Country float?

  31. Jack Pod says:

    Sign in front of hotel reads: Caution, Pervert Protest Underway.

  32. Joe says:

    Must be good money in these protests.


  34. Cola G'Cock says:

    This sounds like Islamophobia versus homophobia!

    • Homosexuals are not deceptive being guileless. Muslims are not guileless. They are not truthful. The fear of homosexuals is groundless. The fear of Muslims is not groundless. We have 1400 years of evidence to look back on.

      • Bob says:

        It’s a bit disingenuous to say that Muslims “fear” homosexuals. And, in all fairness, homosexuality HAS been proscribed by virtually every human culture for the past 25,000 to 50,000 years (depending on which anthropologists you consult). Even today, far more people “tolerate” homosexuality than “accept” it.

  35. Jay says:

    This isn’t just a gay issue, as you bigots below contend. Sharia laws of Brunei impact upon all people, including women. They are horribly repressive for women, and call for the death penalty for a host of offenses that are otherwise legal in sane, developed countries. Brunei is a sick place.

    • Churyl Minne says:

      Really now??? I am not seeing a lot of feminists lining up there to protest the treatment of women in muslim communities. Why not? Because your democratic masters want to import more of them.

  36. Ern Bartsch says:

    This is overt Islamophobia by the Gay Community.

  37. KatGuard says:

    At most, 4% of the population is non-heterosexual. Only about 1.8% of men identify as gay. From a business standpoint, it makes absolutely no sense for the Sultan to pay the least bit of attention to the political agenda that represents so little of the population. They have no true economic impact on his business. Additionally, it is very easy to protest in a place like Hollywood where self-aggrandizement is expected if not required to survive that environment. The LGBTQ crowd really want to make a difference? Get out of the easy-living areas here in the states where you can protest with relative impunity and legal protection and go to places like the Middle East and do your protesting. You’ll die but at least people will see that you aren’t protesting for reasons of self-promotion.

  38. Jack says:

    I’m guessing the Sultan gives exactly zero f**ks about what <5% of the American population,whose lives are defined and controlled by their scientifically abnormal sexuality, thinks about the laws in his highly affluent, educated, and largely Muslim country 8000 miles away. And honestly neither do I. It's a monarchy, the Sultan is incredibly popular, the people there live the way they want. All these nitwits are doing is putting stress on the livelihood of the ppl that work here.

    Self important asshats.

  39. Mike says:

    Why isnt this place out of business? Who on earth would patronize such an evil man? So much for Hollywood being liberal.

  40. Mike says:

    Religious people of most every stripe are totally whacked.

  41. BillUSA says:

    The homosexual crowd thinks a little too lowly of heterosexual people. That’s the only reason they’re complaining about everything under the sun. Probably due to envy as we don’t feel guilty about our sexual preferences (which happen to produce offspring).

    I don’t expect any homosexual to agree with me – their approval isn’t necessary. But they don’t fool a lot of people – just those who are associated with other organizations they can protest against for fear of making the news and leading to more boycotting.

    Perhaps their methods don’t satisfy their need for self-acceptance, being that those methods lead to artificial change. You know, the same sort of leverage a proverbial mobster would apply to someone they wanted to keep quiet.

    Whatever the excuse is, they are fooling themselves if they think the rest of the world HAS to accept them on a personal basis – or else.

    Those homosexuals are nothing if not plucky.

  42. The gays are right to speak out. Sharia is the worst law that can ever be. God’s law that is light saying bear one anothers burdens and work no ill to your neighbor is what people need to keep. That law is in the gay. Reject Sharia. That law runs Satan’s prison. Have nothing to do with it

  43. RationalConservative says:

    @Ahso, why are you thinking about Steve’s genitals?

  44. Ahso says:

    Steve Olds is obviously a left wing troll who talks big but carries a little teensy bitsy thing he calls a stick. Only able to conjure up ad hominum attacks online when in reality, like all Hitlery Supporters he is the coward.

  45. RationalConservative says:

    Christianity and Islam (as well as Judaism) are both Abrahamic religions. You share the same God. Like anyone deeply invested in the minutia of a subject you all feel you are incredible different but you have vastly more in common that you do differences. To those of us on the outside you’re all just flavors of the same underlying philosophy. It’s not at all surprising that adherents of Islam and Christianity both find gay people to be abominations, you are cut from the same cloth.

  46. Jerry says:

    Homos are in violation of New and Old Testament writings as well as Sharia law. Time for them to fly… off a building.

  47. Steve Olds says:

    So writes Joe Campbell, sitting in front of his old Lenovo computer in his underwear in his Mom’s basement swilling Coke and Doritos. Try saying that to my face, Joe, and you’ll find yourself missing several teeth. But to do that you’d have to leave Mom’s basement and you know how she worries, you poor dear …

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