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Jay Leno And Ellen DeGeneres Lead Boycott Of Famed Beverly Hills Hotel
By SP_COP on May 07, 2014 | From www.entertainmentwise.com
Jay Leno And Ellen DeGeneres Lead Boycott Of Famed Beverly Hills Hotel Hollywood stars and major organisations are boycotting one of the area's most famous venues, the Beverly Hills Hotel, because of a harsh Islamic penal code introduced by Brunei's government.

Jay Leno and Ellen DeGeneres are among the celebs supporting the boycott against the famed venue, which first opened in 1912, and other hotels owned by Brunei.

On Monday, a number of celebrities took part in a demonstration in the area protesting against the investment group controlled by the Sultan of Brunei. In late April, the Muslim nation implemented Sharia law, marked by strong punishments for those found guilty of homosexuality or adultery.

Leno was one of the key figure's leading Monday demonstration, with the chatshow host telling CNN: "We're just making people aware. It's not a political issue. This is not something that's debatable. ... It's people being stoned to death".

"I'd like to think that all people are basically good and when they realise this is going on, hopefully they'll do something about it."

Ellen meanwhile told her 28 million Twitter followers: "I won't be visiting the Hotel Bel-Air or the Beverly Hills Hotel until this is resolved".

Virgin group founder Richard Branson also tweeted over the weekend to state that his employees and family would not stay at the luxury hotel chain "until the Sultan abides by basic human rights".

As well as the celeb boycotters, several organisations have cancelled events at the hotel including the Motion Picture & Television Fund's annual Night Before the Oscars charity event and the Feminist Majority Foundation's annual Global Women's Rights Awards.

The mayor of Beverly Hills had urged the city council to adopt a resolution condemning Brunei's new laws and force the country to sell the hotel and others it owns through the Dorchester Collection chain....
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