George Clooney calls for boycott of Sultan of Brunei’s hotels over anti-gay stoning law

Hollywood actor and director, George Clooney, has called on the public to boycott nine hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei following the nation’s cruel anti-gay laws that would see any Muslims engaging in adultery and gay sex, stoned to death. 

On Wednesday, it was revealed that that homosexuality will now become a capital offense in the nation of Brunei and anyone caught in the act will be stoned to death, beginning on April 3. The law only applies to Muslims.

Responding to the cruel anti-gay laws, Clooney penned an opinion piece for Deadline, calling for a boycott of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah‘s hotels.

‘On this particular April 3rd the nation of Brunei will begin stoning and whipping to death any of its citizens that are proved to be gay,’ Clooney wrote. 

Let that sink in. In the onslaught of news where we see the world backsliding into authoritarianism this stands alone,’ he added. 

Clooney went on to say that at ‘the head of it all is the Sultan of Brunei who is one of the richest men in the world’. 

‘The Big Kahuna. He owns the Brunei Investment Agency and they in turn own some pretty spectacular hotels,’ the actor wrote. 

Clooney admitted that he’s stayed at most of the nine hotels, but noted it was ‘because I hadn’t done my homework and didn’t know who owned them’.

‘They’re nice hotels. The people who work there are kind and helpful and have no part in the ownership of these properties. 

‘But let’s be clear, every single time we stay at or take meetings at or dine at any of these nine hotels we are putting money directly into the pockets of men who choose to stone and whip to death their own citizens for being gay or accused of adultery. 

Clooney wrote that he’s ‘learned over years of dealing with murderous regimes that you can’t shame them’. 

‘But you can shame the banks, the financiers and the institutions that do business with them and choose to look the other way.’

He then listed the nine hotels owned by Brunei’s sultan and said: ‘It’s up to each of us what we want to do.’

The  Amnesty International have also urged Brunei to ‘immediately halt’ implementing the new penalties.

‘To legalize such cruel and inhuman penalties is appalling of itself,’ Brunei researcher Rachel Chhoa-Howard said in a statement.

‘Some of the potential “offenses” should not even be deemed crimes at all, including consensual sex between adults of the same gender.’


1. The Dorchester, London

2. 45 Park Lane, London

3. Coworth Park, UK

4. The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills

5. Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles

6. Le Meurice, Paris

7. Hotel Plaza Athenee, Paris

8. Hotel Eden, Rome

9. Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan