Thursday, April 4, 2019

Beverly Hills Hotel Owner Deactivates Social Media Pages as Boycott Grows

By Hollywood Reporter, April 03. 20, 2019

"In light of recent events," reads the caption on the Dorchester Collection's posts on Instagram and Twitter on Wednesday announcing that all of the hotel group's social media pages have been deactivated due to "personal abuse" directed at employees. The news comes on the day when anti-gay laws are reportedly going into effect in Brunei, the Southest Asian country led by Dorchester Collection owner Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. 

The implementation of these laws — known as sharia laws, which, if broken, call for punishments ranging from amputation to death by stoning for crimes like theft, adultery and homosexuality — triggered a call for a boycott from A-list stars George Clooney, Ellen DeGeneres, Elton John, Sharon Stone, Ellen Pompeo and others who have urged the public to stop visiting Dorchester Collection hotels. The Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel-Air are two of those properties that have long been frequented by the Hollywood community. 
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