Russell Crowe refuses to boycott hotel chain owned by 'stone the gays' sultan
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."
@kevin2kane well Kevin I am going to block you now. I can see you are just a pathetic bully who can't deal with any opinion but your own— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) May 20, 2014
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.”