Elton John Boycotts Brunei-Owned U.K. Hotels

elton John. photo credit: David shankbone

Following Brunei’s decision to punish gay sex by stoning and other methods, celebrities like Elton John and his husband David Furnish, and George Clooney are boycotting well known Brunei-owned hotels in the U.K.

John tweeted out a list of hotels in the U.K. and U.S. owned by Brunei’s sultan, including the Dorchester and the Beverly Hills Hotel, according to ITV News. The provisions to Brunei’s penal code would make homosexuality and other offenses punishable by death under Sharia law.

"Our hearts go out to the good, hardworking employees of properties owned by the Sultan of Brunei, many of whom we know to be gay,” John tweeted. "We must send a message, however we can, that such treatment is unacceptable. That's why David and I have long refused to stay at these hotels and will continue to do so. We hope you will join us in solidarity."

The Dorchester Collection, owned by the Brunei government, has said they do not tolerate any discrimination.