|Whining douche bag, Christopher Cowdray|
As previously noted on this blog, the nation of Brunei in Southeast Asia - which is ruled by the Sultan of Brunei - has passed Sharia based laws that among other things will impose the death penalty for homosexual acts. The Sultan of Brunei is among the most wealthy men in the world and holds far flung investments, including the Dorchester Collection which owns the Beverly Hills Hotel and other high end hotel properties. In the wake of Brunei's barbaric legislation, boycotts have sprung up against the Beverly Hills Hotel and other Dorchester properties. Now, taking a page from the Christian persecution myth, the manager of the Beverly Hills Hotel, Christopher Cowdray, is whining that the hotel is being subjected to bullying. Gays are facing execution as Cowdray is whining. Perhaps Cowdray needs to get his head out of his ass and get in touch with reality. The Hollywood Reporter looks at Cowdray's despicable whining and the growing backlash against the hotel chain and other businesses owned by the foul Sultan of Brunei. Here are highlights:
Amid protests against the Beverly Hills Hotel, the CEO of parent company the Dorchester Collection is saying the Hollywood hotspot doesn't deserve to be targeted despite the company being owned by the Sultan of Brunei, who has instituted a severe new penal code based on Sharia law that calls for death by stoning for homosexuals and adulterers.
Christopher Cowdray told CBS This Morning that the hotel "has done absolutely nothing wrong."
"I feel totally unfairly picked on," Cowdray said in a report that aired on Tuesday's edition of the morning show. "All they are doing is hurting a local business."
Cowdray declined to comment on Brunei's new law.
What began as a grassroots movement two weeks ago, with designers asking their Instagram and Twitter followers to boycott the Dorchester Collection of hotels, which the Beverly Hills Hotel is part of, has gained momentum, with prominent organizations dropping plans to hold dinners and fundraisers at the landmark hotel.
On Monday, the Motion Picture & Television Fund said that it would not hold its glitzy Oscar-eve fundraising party, the Night Before, at the hotel. Other events that have moved from the hotel to other locations include the Feminist Majority Foundation's Global Women's Rights Awards, the Independent School Alliance for Minority Awards and a Teen Line fundraiser honoring Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal. The Outgiving Conference, a meeting of LGBT donors, was the first event to pull up stakes. And the Human Rights Campaign Fund has urged other groups to follow suit.
The Hollywood Reporter has also notified the hotel that it will no longer hold its annual Women in Entertainment breakfast there.
Actions need to have consequences and just maybe a financial message - along with diplomatic ones - will be sent to Brunei. Meanwhile, these new laws underscore my belief that fundamentalist religious of all faiths are a scourge on mankind and need to be eliminated.