Elton John Joins George Clooney’s Call to Boycott Sultan of Brunei’s Hotels over Anti-Gay Laws

Elton John Joins George Clooney’s Call to Boycott Sultan of Brunei’s Hotels over Anti-Gay Laws
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Elton John is standing by George Clooney’s call to boycott the Sultan of Brunei’s hotels after the country enacted new laws making homosexuality and adultery crimes punishable by death.

The hotels in the boycott include the famous Beverly Hills Hotel and the Bel-Air in Los Angeles.

“I believe that love is love and being able to love as we choose is a basic human right. Wherever we go, my husband David and I deserve to be treated with dignity and respect – as do each and every one of the millions of LGBTQ+ people around the world,” Elton said in a statement Saturday.

“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. As George has said, the Sultan of Brunei owns many luxury hotels around the world – hotels which David and I have found it impossible to visit since the Sultan’s plan to push for shar’ia law in Brunei became public. Our hearts go out to the good, hardworking employees of these properties, many of whom we know to be gay,” the statement continued.

He concluded, “We recognize that sovereign countries will make decisions for their own citizens. But we feel we must send a message, however we can, that such treatment is unacceptable. We must never underestimate the power of our voices – and our actions – to spark the change we need to see.”