Nagpaabot ng importanteng mensahe ang Hollywood actor-director-producer na si George Clooney sa maraming travelers at sa co-actors niya na i-boycott ang hotel chain na pag-aari ng Sultan of Brunei dahil sa pinapatupad na strict rule nito "that condone violence against the LGBT community."
Kinondena ni Clooney ang naturang bansa dahil sa pag-enforce nito ng Sharia panel code na pinatupad noong 2014. Ang naturang legislation ay nagbibigay ng authority "to whip and stone gay citizens and accuses of adultery."
Nagpatawag si Clooney ng isang protest to stand against the Brunei Investment Agency na may-ari ng Sultan’s Dorchester Collection group na may hawak sa nine hotels, kasama na ang Beverly Hills Hotel and London’s Dorchester. Ang iba pang pag-aari nilang hotels ay ang 45 Park Lane and Coworth Park in London, Le Meurice and Hotel Plaze Athenee in Paris, Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, Hotel Eden in Rome, Hotel Principe Savoia in Milan and Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles.
Nais ng aktor na i-boycott ng marami ang pag-book sa mga hotels na ito dahil sa hindi makataong pagtrato mg may-ari sa LGBT community.
Heto ang nilabas na mensahe ni Clooney via social media:
"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. Let that sink in. In the onslaught of news where we see the world backsliding into authoritarianism this stands alone.
"I stayed at many of them. I hadn’t done my homework and didn’t know who owned them’ when I checked-in. They’re nice hotels. The people who work there are kind and helpful and have no part in the ownership of these properties.
"But let’s be clear, 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."
Considered illegal sa bansang Brunei ang homosexuality dahil sa ini-enforce ng bansa na Sharia Law against the LGBTQ Muslim community.
Ilang human rights groups, including Amnesty International, have condemned the new legislation.
Dahil sa sinimulan na ito ni Clooney, ang mga organizers ng big events tulad ng Oscar Night Before Party na 12 years nang ginaganap sa Beverly Hills Hotel ang naturang event ay kumalas na naturang hotel at sa ibang establishment na nila gagawin ito.
Nakakuha ng suporta si Clooney in boycotting the nine hotels kina Meryl Streep, Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Brad Schaffer, Stephen Fry, Anna Wintour, Richard Branson at marami pang iba, including his wife, Amal Clooney.
Pinuri pa ni Elton John ang pinaglalaban ni Clooney:
“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."
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