Activists pledge to boycott hotel in video, citing owner Brunei’s anti-gay policies
By Melanie Nathan, Feb 13, 2013.
LOS ANGELES – Gay rights activists pledged a boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel today, citing the hotel owner’s state-sponsored homophobia. The hotel is owned by the nation of Brunei, a country in South East Asia where male homosexuality is a crime.
A video made by the group calls on supporters to “break up” with the hotel and to not stay there again until Brunei changes its laws. It asks viewers who “wouldn’t eat at Chik-Fil-A,” why they would “dine at the Beverly Hills hotel.” Last year, gay-rights groups launched a successful boycott of Chik-Fil-A because of contributions the owner made to anti-gay groups.
The video appears on a website maintained by UNITE HERE, a labor union that has fought for equal treatment of LGBT people. It includes an appearance by Derek Lloyd Saathof, a cast-member of the Logo Network show, A-List: New York.
MY COMMENT:- While I agree in principle with this advocacy and call to action, I imagine that when the owners see just how crude this video is – perhaps they will want to break up with Americans instead! Somehow I do not think this crass video will really reach the intended audience of Beverley Hills Hotel patrons, but it may just get a little bit of attention from the ‘trendy’ finger flippers out there!
Sign the Petition:-
Dear Beverly Hills Hotel:
It’s over. And we are never, ever getting back together. Like ever.
That is, until your owners change their homophobic ways.
The Beverly Hills Hotel is owned by the nation of Brunei, where it is illegal to be gay. Homosexuality is punishable in Brunei by up to 10 years in prison. Brunei’s ownership of a hotel in Los Angeles, one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world, is the height of hypocrisy. The Beverly Hills Hotel’s owners don’t believe in equality, but they love to take our money. If we wouldn’t eat at Chik-Fil-A, why would we dine at the Beverly Hills Hotel?
Take a stand against homophobia – don’t eat, meet or sleep at the Beverly Hills Hotel!
Update: Pledge to break up with the Beverly Hills Hotel. Sign the petition here!
AT the time of posting this piece the You Tube Video has had 22 views…lets see how it goes.