For those who are a bit behind on this news, let us quickly catch you up to speed…
Last month, the tiny East Asian nation of Brunei became the first country in the region to adopt Sharia law. The decision to do so was made by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, who is the leader of the oil-rich kingdom.
What is Sharia law, you ask?
Basically it’s just the worst. It includes punishments of flogging, dismemberment, and stoning for “crimes” such as cheating on your spouse, having an abortion, drinking alcohol or just being gay! In fact, those who partake in sodomy are to be put to death!
Pretty awful, right?
Well, the Sultan of Brunei is a rich dude and in order to stay rich, he's made some investments throughout his life, including purchasing two luxury hotels in Southern California - The Hotel Bel Air and the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Both have been frequented by the rich and famous for years. But with these anti-gay laws effecting the thousands of citizens living in Brunei, several Hollywood stars have stopped hanging out at the Sultan’s American businesses!
Enter Kim Kardashian who is a BIG fan of the Beverly Hills Hotel. Yesterday, she asked the
Illuminati stars of El Lay to reconsider their boycott because by not going to the BHH, they’re only hurting the hotel’s hard-working staff!
Kimmy penned a lengthy letter on her blog, pleading for people to end their protests, adding that she especially likes the Beverly Hills Hotel because they don’t allow paparazzi on the property, which means Kim can eat, sleep or relax in peace without getting her photo taken every 5 seconds!
This is a tough call!
Read Miz Kardashian’s open letter to Hollywood’s elite and VOTE on whether or not this boycott should end…AFTER THE JUMP!!!
"My best friend Allison and I wanted to take our babies out to lunch a few days ago after our baby class but there were so many paparazzi swarming us, it would have really scared them. Instead we had to feed them at her place and put them down for a nap. We were planning on taking them to the Beverly Hills Hotel, which is where we always go because they respect not having any paparazzi drive onto their property, but I reminded Allison that my bridal shower was moved from that hotel due to the actions of the Sultan of Brunei. Allison shared with me her view on the situation and we 100% agree that the actions and law enforcements of the Sultan are completely against everything we believe in.
However, I started to realize that maybe boycotting the hotel isn’t the best solution either. For a sultan that has 20 billion dollars, this loss of business doesn’t even make a dent in his fortunes. But the hotel staff are being negatively affected every day with the boycott that has gone on for weeks now… We shouldn’t punish the amazing hard-working people who have been so good to us for years! When I was a little girl, I would ride my bike to the Beverly Hills Hotel on the weekends to eat downstairs in the coffee shop with my dad, and some of the same people still work there! It’s sad to see them suffering from this protest.
There must be other ways to express our views without punishing the workers, some who I know personally have families at home and depend on the city’s business and tips to survive. When I was pregnant, the hotel was my safe haven. There’s one waitress that works downstairs who was also pregnant at the same time as me and due just a few weeks apart. We would always share our pregnancy stories with each other. I know for a fact she has a new baby at home that she has to feed, so this boycott is affecting her tremendously. The hotel is a piece of LA’s history as well as many of our own personal memories.
I support Rose McGowan and Russell Crowe’s takes on this matter. The unjust treatmentand violation of rights of the LGBT community around the world is never justified and I will continue to proudly support the LGBT community in every way imaginable. I do believe though that instead of this boycott, there has to be another solution. I’m glad to hear that industry executives like Jeffrey Katzenberg and Casey Wasserman are reaching out to leaders of the hotel chain to discuss a way to potentially end the protest. I hope we can come together and stand up for our beliefs while still making sure good people aren’t wrongfully hurt in the process. Boycotting the hotel won’t affect the sultan, just our dear friends who work there. For every warm smile when they greet us and for all the dedication they put in to make our experiences more enjoyable, I hope we can return the same love and compassion to make sure they’re not forgotten during this protest. Xo
With love, Kim”
Should celebs end their boycott of The Beverly Hills Hotel??
- No way! This is a fight for human rights! (48%)
- Yes! Think of the employees! (52%)
Total Votes: 3,653
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