There are many facets to the legendary actor and heartthrob George Clooney: we know him as the doctor on ER (aka: the only reason we’d ever break our own leg), or as the coffee guy with the partially-open robe. Perhaps as the World’s Sexiest Man (voted on numerous occasions), but recently Clooney penned an op-ed in which he announced a boycott from Brunei hotels.
Address the controversial new homophobia laws, Clooney writes:
‘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.’
Clooney explains how Brunei haven’t had an election since 1962, and that the man at the head of it all, the Sultan of Brunei owns a number of profitable hotels: 9 of the most exclusive ones in the world, to be exact.
Clooney is open that he’s stayed in the hotels (unaware of who owns them), and while recognises that the staff are no way involved, calls to boycott the hotels – as he did with The Bel-Air and The Beverly Hills hotel a couple years back, for similar reasons.
“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”.
He continues: “Are we really going to help pay for these human rights violations? Are we really going to help fund the murder of innocent citizens? I’ve learned over years of dealing with murderous regimes that you can’t shame them. But you can shame the banks, the financiers and the institutions that do business with them and choose to look the other way.”
What’s mad about this, is that I swear one of his sons is gay? Like, openly. He wears one glove like MJ and will talk to anyone about dildos. He also throws lavish parties every year which accounts for high-profile guests like Mariah Carey, Eva Longoria, and Pamela Anderson. Maybe it’s time to rally them in on this too. Just a thought.