All the cool kids are doing it!
Hollywood celebs are in an islamophobic uproar over the Sultan of Brunei’s implementation of sharia law.
Queues of limousines and crowds of photographers are usually the main obstacle to getting into the Beverly Hills Hotel, but since the owner introduced fundamentalist laws to the state he rules, protesters have displaced paparazzi at the entrance.
The Sultan of Brunei, the owner of the Dorchester Collection hotel group, which includes the Beverly Hills Hotel and London’s Dorchester Hotel, is introducing sharia law including punishments such as stoning for adultery and dismemberment for thieves.
On Monday, the hotel was due to host the Global Women’s Rights Awards gala, chaired by comedian Jay Leno and his wife Mavis. Instead, the event was held elsewhere, and the couple joined a midday demonstration outside the hotel by the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), the organisation that organises the gala. Around 150 people turned up to protest the policies of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, whose Brunei Investment Agency owns the hotel group. (continue reading here).
Islamophobia — it’s all the craze in Hollywood.
Don’t get me wrong. I applaud these efforts to call out the Muslim world on the most extreme and brutal ideology on the face of the earth. But why this? Why now? Why haven’t they taken a stand on the persecution of Christians in Egypt, the genocide of non-Muslims in Syria, the jihad against the Jews? The Hollywood community has been silent on jihad and sharia for years. They depict terrorists in their films as Russian or Serbs. They cancel television shows like Alice in Arabia in submission to sharia (blasphemy laws that forbid criticism of Islam). They blacklist voices like mine and those of my colleagues who shine a light on these daily atrocities. You know, “extremist” “hatemongers.”
Color me skeptical, but I do not understand their logic. Why this sharia and not all the other sharia?
Before 9/11, Mavis Leno (Jay’s wife) did seminal work for oppressed Afghan women under the sharia, and then got awfully quiet about it post-9/11. Mavis Leno actually said that “the Qur’an is more liberal with women than the Bible” back in 2011.
My ‘AFDI Islamic Apartheid ad’ campaign highlighting the Muslim oppression of women and gays and blacks and non-Muslims was widely condemned by the left.
These stars are protesting the very thing my colleagues and I have been opposing for years. And for which we were demonized, smeared and ruined.
Did these Hollywood hellions consult with their Hamas-CAIR censors on this protest — as they do with every film and TV project?
“Clive Davis, Oscar party dump hotel over Sultan owner’s Shariah law in Brunei,” Fox News, May 6, 2014
LOS ANGELES – The Beverly Hills Hotel just lost two more big-name clients, Clive Davis and Jeffrey Katzenberg, because its owner is introducing an Islamic Shariah-based penal code in the oil-rich East Asian country of Brunei.
Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah announced last week that he would push ahead with the criminal code that would eventually include severing of limbs and death by stoning for people who are gay or commit adultery. The Sultan – through the Brunei Investment Agency – owns the Dorchester Collection luxury hotel chain, which manages the Hotel Bel-Air and The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles.
A source told FOX411 that music mogul Clive Davis moved out of the Beverly Hills Hotel over the weekend as a result of the Sultan’s actions, although his rep did not respond to a comment request.
Large-scale events scheduled to take place at the Beverly Hills Hotel are also running for the doors, including The Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF) Night Before Oscars event, a charity affair run by DreamWorks’ CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg.
The Night Before event has been staged at the hotel since 2003.
The Women’s rights organization the Feminist Majority Foundation also relocated its Global Women’s Rights Awards, co-chaired by Jay Leno and his wife Mavis, that had been scheduled for Monday at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Leno and actress Frances Fisher joined protesters at the famous hotel speaking out against the Sultan.
The teen suicide prevention charity Teen Line forfeited its $60,000 down payment to take the event elsewhere, and the Hollywood Reporter notified the Beverly Hills Hotel that it will not hold its annual Women in Entertainment breakfast there.
The Beverly Hills City Council is meeting Tuesday to discuss a resolution condemning Brunei’s new laws, and encourage “the government of Brunei to divest itself of the Beverly Hills Hotel.”
Outraged stars including Ellen DeGeneres, Sharon Osbourne, Stephen Fry and Richard Branson have taken to social media to denounce the hotels, with Branson announcing that no Virgin employee will stay at the Sultan’s Dorchester group “until the Sultan abides by basic human rights.”
Some, however, are concerned that the well-intentioned boycott will hurt the employees of the hotels more than the monarch, whose wealth was estimated by Forbes magazine three years ago to be around $20 billion.
“There are no job losses yet, but there is definitely a feeling of instability and the staff is concerned,” said a source. “Without Hollywood types eating there or staying in the rooms and booking major Hollywood functions, there is no need to keep extra employees on.”
In its statement, MPTF said it “cannot condone or tolerate these harsh and repressive laws and as a result support a business owned by the Sultan of Brunei,” but acknowledged the local fallout. “We sincerely regret that the employees and management of the hotel may suffer because of our response and the response of many other organizations that have aligned against this outrageous and unacceptable legal code.”…
A rep for the Beverly Hills Hotel told us that it is the hotel’s “sincere hope to partner with the MPTF again,” and noted as a whole that while they recognize people’s concerns, they believe the boycott should not directed as hotels and dedicated employees.
“The economic impact of this not only affects our loyal team members but extends to the local community, our valued partners and suppliers,” the rep said in a statement. “Today’s global economy needs to be placed in a broader perspective. Most of us are not aware of the investors behind the brands that have become an integral part of our everyday life, from the gas we put in our cars, to the clothes we wear, to the way we use social media, and to the hotels we frequent.”
A rep for the Dorchester Collection issued a statement saying: “We continue to abide by the laws of the countries we operate in and do not tolerate any form of discrimination of any kind. The laws that exist in other countries outside of where Dorchester Collection operates do not affect the policies that govern how we run our hotels.”
And it seems not everyone in Hollywood got the memo – yet. One insider “was shocked” to see Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Wahlberg dining at the hotel’s famous Polo Lounge over the weekend. Reps for the actors did not respond to a request for comment….
Pamela Geller is the Editor of PamelaGeller.com