Ellen DeGeneres, other celebs boycott Brunei-owned hotels as law against gay sex goes into effect

Ellen DeGeneres is one of the latest celebrities to speak out against Brunei and join in a boycott of Brunei-owned hotels due to an anti-gay law that goes into effect today.

New Islamic criminal laws took effect in Brunei on Wednesday, one of which punishes gay sex and adultery by stoning offenders to death under new sections of Brunei’s Shariah Penal Code. Thieves face amputation of a right hand on their first offense and a left foot on their second. The new laws also apply to children and foreigners, even if they are not Muslim.

The man behind the anti-gay law in the Southeast Asian country is Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, who owns Dorchester Collection hotel group, which owns properties including The Bel-Air and The Beverly Hills Hotel.

DeGeneres encouraged her followers to boycott the hotels, sharing a list of hotels in the United States and Europe to social media Tuesday with a passionate message.

“Tomorrow, the country of Brunei will start stoning gay people to death. We need to do something now. Please boycott these hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei,” she wrote. “Raise your voices now. Spread the word. Rise up.”

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