Vacancy at the Beverly Hills Hotel Over Owner’s Anti-Gay Stance
Things are about to get considerably less glamorous at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
The famed hotel has become the target of a very loud and publicized boycott by the entertainment industry and now, Hollywood A-listers are enraged by the recent implementation of sharia law that makes homosexuality and adultery punishable by death by stoning in Brunei, the home country of the hotel’s owner Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah.
Among the many organizations who have pulled the plug on holding their high profile events at the hotel is the Motion Picture Television Fund, whose Night Before fundraiser held on Oscar Night Eve has been a staple of the Hollywood glitterati social calendar since 2003.
"Representatives of MPTF met with the leadership of the Dorchester Collection and executives from The Beverly Hills Hotel to convey our deep concern about the recent enactment of laws in Brunei that call for violent punishment, including amputation and death by stoning, against those engaging in same-sex activity and extramarital sexual relations, and those committing adultery," MPTF officials said in a statement Monday. "We expressed very clearly that we cannot condone or tolerate these harsh and repressive laws and as a result support a business owned by the Sultan of Brunei or a Brunei sovereign fund associated with the government of Brunei."
Although the 2014 Night Before party is nine months away, according to Variety, several other high profile events scheduled to take place at the Beverly Hills Hotel in the near future have relocated. The Independent School Alliance for Minority Affairs is moving Tuesday’s Impact Awards to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and nonprofit organization Teen Line is moving its upcoming tribute to Sony’s Amy Pascal out of the hotel.