Beverly Hills News
Activists Boycott The Beverly Hills Hotel
By Ivetta Babadjanian
Feb 13, 2013 - 7:03:07 PM
BEVERLY HILLS—A boycott ignited against the Beverly Hills Hotel on Wednesday, February 13 by gay rights activists who claimed the hotel owner had ties to "state-sponsored homophobia."
Photo courtesy of The Beverly Hills Hotel.
The group, named Dump The Beverly Hills Hotel, released a video urging viewers to steer clear of the hotel since it is owned by the Sultan of Brunei, a country located in Southeast Asia in which homosexuality is punishable for up to ten years in prison.
Billionaire Hassan al-Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah purchased the property for $185 million in 1987 from former owners Marvin and Barbara Davis.
There is a public letter that goes along with the campaign video telling supporters to not "eat, meet or sleep" at the hotel. “The Beverly Hills Hotel’s owners don’t believe in equality, but they love to take our money,” the statement read. “If we wouldn’t eat at Chik-Fil-A, why would we dine at the Beverly Hills Hotel?”
The Beverly Hills Hotel has not made a statement reacting to the boycott.
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