A number of organisations in Hollywood have pulled major upcoming events from the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel in light of its owner’s stance on homosexuality.
The hotel is part of the Dorchester Collection, which is owned by the Sultan of Brunei, who last week adopted sharia law – which means homosexuals in Brunei can be flogged, dismembered and stoned to death.
The Hollywood Reporter announced that it would not hold its annual Women in Entertainment lunch at the hotel this year, with Janice Min, the co-president and chief creative officer of the publication's parent group, calling Brunei’s law ‘despicable’, saying that it has ‘made it impossible for the company to move forward in any way with any hotel that is part of the Dorchester Collection’.
A number of other scheduled events at the hotel have been pulled, including the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s Oscar-eve party, Feminist Majority Foundation's Global Women's Rights Awards and the Outgiving Conference.
Richard Branson also announced that none of his Virgin staff will be staying at any hotel in the group moving forward.
Designers Brian Atwood and Peter Som, and Decades vintage clothing store owner Cameron Silver started a social media campaign to boycott the hotel, with the cause gaining momentum due to enormous support from celebrities.
This article originally appeared on The Debrief.