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Russell Crowe refuses to boycott hotel chain owned by 'stone the gays' sultan

Russell Crowe refuses to boycott hotel chain owned by 'stone the gays' sultan

LAST UPDATED // Wednesday, 21 May 2014 10:09 Written by // Sabine Brix

Russell Crowe won't be joining other Hollywood celebrities uniting to boycott a hotel chain owned by the Sultan of Brunei who approved the 'stone the gay's law', because his friends are staff members who work within the company.

The Dorchester Collection, owned by the Sultan of Brunei and which includes the luxurious Beverly Hills Hotel, has so far been boycotted by a string of celebrities including Richard Branson, Ellen Degeneres, Stephen Fry and Sharon Osbourne, but Crowe won't be adding his name to the list.

The actor has tweeted "I don't agree with the boycotting of Dorchester Collection hotels. It only hurts the hard working staff who I consider friends."

When one of Crowe's Twitter followers commented his decision was "very disappointing" Crowe responded by labelling the follower a 'pathetic bully."

Since the Twitter row erupted, Crowe has further justified his decision not to boycott the hotels but clarified that he does not agree with the tough Sharia Law which the Sultan of Brunei has implemented which calls for homosexuals to be stoned to death.

“Sending me abuse will not stop my support of Gay , Lesbian, Bi and Trans Gender rights. The laws that Brunei are adopting are hideous.

“However, throwing the staff of Dorchester Collection Hotels under the bus to make a political point is not acceptable to me.

“These are hard working people with families and I guarantee you they come from all walks of life.

“To me, it is not acceptable collateral damage to ignore them . These are people I know, people I consider friends.”


Sabine Brix

Sabine Brix

Sabine Brix is the digital editor for Gay News Network.

Comments (2)

  • David Dampier

    22 May 2014 at 12:28 |
    I agree with Andrew and Russell Crowe. BHH has been very suportive of gay community. Why would you want to throw out the baby with the bath water? Some people will never learn. I realise these boycotts mean well, but they are mis-guided and not well researched. Does any one for a moment believe they are hurting the BHH and thus the Sultan? Will this remove Sharia Law? Has the world gone crazy? Have the gays gone crazy? One of the people who should be boycotted big time is Putin. If he were to hold up a mirror Adolph Hitler would be looking back at him. These are the people and their ilk who need to be boycotted in anyway that does not hurt the general populace.
  • Andrew

    22 May 2014 at 08:41 |
    Thank you, Russell Crowe, for some common sense. The boycott of the historic and very gay friendly Beverly Hills Hotel has never made sense to me. The hotel has a ton of gay employees, it complies with all non-discrimination laws, it offered gay employees domestic partner benefits before gay marriage in California was legal, it has donated facilities and money over the years to gay causes, and when same sex marriage was legal it began advertising openly welcoming such celebrations on their property.
    There has to be a better target for a boycott than our friends. The staff and management at BHH are friends of our community. I am not comfortable throwing friends under a bus to make a (hopeless) larger statement. I despise the Sultan of Brunei but this protest isn’t going anywhere. Brunei is the 5th richest nation on Earth (smaller than Connecticut) – oil money. It is not the only country with Sharia law. The Brunei investment group owns thousands of properties worldwide. Why pick on the most gay friendly and supportive property in the whole bunch? (Because it is located in Hollywood, so the stars can stop by for photo ops at protests I cynically suspect.)
    I've stayed there a dozen times over the years and the staff there are incredible, and so is the property itself of course. I won't be a party to its destruction over a misguided and lost cause.

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