A number of celebrities are boycotting hotels owned by Hassanal Bolkiah, the sultan of Brunei, to protest a new criminal law that punishes same-sex sexual acts and adultery with death by stoning in the small Southeast Asian nation. "We need to do something now," Ellen DeGeneres wrote on Instagram, listing some of the world's top hotels.
A similar boycott was launched in Hollywood back in 2014, when the sultan first announced plans to implement new sections in the nation's penal code. "That’s why David and I have long refused to stay at these hotels and will continue to do so," Elton John wrote. "We hope you will join us in solidarity."
Other celebrities who've voiced their support for #BoycottBrunei, include Bobby Berk of Netflix's Queer Eye...
...and sports legend and activist Billie Jean King, who tweeted, "The atrocity begins today in Brunei."
Actor George Clooney has also been speaking out against Brunei's new laws in a guest column on the entertainment industry website Deadline: "I've learned over years of dealing with murderous regimes that you can’t shame them," he wrote. "But you can shame the banks, the financiers and the institutions that do business with them and choose to look the other way."
Actress Jamie Lee Curtis tweeted her support of George for "doing the right thing, fighting an unjust and barbaric law."
While the office of Brunei's Prime Minister released its own statement last Saturday, defending the nation's right to implement its own rule of laws "like all other independent countries," rights groups across the globe, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, continue to denounce the news.