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George Clooney Calls For BOYCOTT Of Brunei's Hotels Over Anti-Gay Death Laws

George Clooney Calls For BOYCOTT Of Brunei’s Hotels Over Anti-Gay Death Laws

Actor and humanitarian George Clooney is calling for a boycott of hotels owned by the Sultan of the Asian country of Brunei — a week ahead of the day that the small country will start killing gay people by stoning.

Clooney posted an impassioned open letter on Deadline Thursday, asking consumers not to do business with the 9 hotels owned by the autocratic country’s ruler, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, including the famed Beverly Hills Hotel, as well as the Hotel Bel-Air. 


Brunei isn’t a significant country. Its population is less than 500,000 people, pretty small in relation to most of its neighbors, The Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia. But Brunei has oil. This year it was ranked as the 5th richest nation by Forbes. Good for them. Of course they haven’t had an election since 1962 and have adopted the most extreme version of Sharia law so, not so good for them. 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.


A couple of years ago two of those hotels in Los Angeles, The Bel-Air and The Beverly Hills Hotel were boycotted by many of us for Brunei’s treatment of the gay community. It was effective to a point. We cancelled a big fundraiser for the Motion Picture Retirement Home that we’d hosted at the Beverly Hills Hotel for years. Lots of individuals and companies did the same. But like all good intentions when the white heat of outrage moves on to the hundred other reasons to be outraged, the focus dies down and slowly these hotels get back to the business of business. And the Brunei Investment Agency counts on that. They own nine of the most exclusive hotels in the world. Full disclosure: I’ve stayed at many of them, a couple of them recently, 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. Brunei is a Monarchy and certainly any boycott would have little effect on changing these laws. But are we really going to help pay for these human rights violations? Are we really going to help fund the murder of innocent citizens? I’ve 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.

The hotels listed below are owned by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah:

The Dorchester, London
45 Park Lane, London
Coworth Park, UK
The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills
Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles
Le Meurice, Paris
Hotel Plaza Athenee, Paris
Hotel Eden, Rome
Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan

George and Amal Clooney’s Foundation Gives $1 Million to the SPLC to Fight Hate Groups

In the wake of the deadly violence at a white nationalist gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia,  the Clooney Foundation for Justice has donated $1 million dollars to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to combat hate groups in the United States.

The Clooney Foundation for Justice was established in 2016 was co-founded by George and Amal Clooney, who serve as the foundation’s presidents.

“We are proud to support the Southern Poverty Law Center in its efforts to prevent violent extremism in the United States. What happened in Charlottesville, and what is happening in communities across our country, demands our collective engagement to stand up to hate,” said George and Amal Clooney

“Like George and Amal Clooney, we were shocked by the size, ugliness, and ferocity of the white supremacist gathering in Charlottesville,” said SPLC President Richard Cohen. “It was a reflection of just how much Trump’s incendiary campaign and presidency has energized the radical right. We are deeply grateful to the Clooney Foundation for standing with us at this critical moment in our country’s fight against hate.”

The SPLC monitors the activities of domestic hate groups and other extremists. It currently tracks more than 1,600 extremist groups operating across the country.

 

WATCH – Hail, Caesar! – Official Trailer (HD) Directed by: The Coen Brothers’ – VIDEO

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The Coen Brothers’ latest film, Hail Caesar, has arrived  reuniting once again many stars from their previous films.

In the film, Josh Brolin (whos still hot) plays the “fixer” for a major Hollywood studio whose job it is to keep all of the movie stars in line. George Clooney, who plays an actor cast as Caesar in the studio’s big budget epic film, is kidnapped by a group called The Future, and the studio must save Clooney to save its big budget  production.

Besides Clooney, the film stars Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Josh Brolin, Dolph Lundgren, Jonah Hill, Tilda Swinton, Mel England, and Frances McDormand.

And Alden Ehrenreich! Yay! (Whoever that is.)

 

WIN A Date With George Clooney! – Gorgeous George To Auction Himself Off To Raise Funds For GLSEN

Longtime LGBT Equality advocate George Clooney is auctioning himself off to benefit the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), an organization which keeps schools safe for LGBT students across the country.

Two lucky people will get to spend an “intimate” afternoon lunch with the Gorgeous George and journalist Dave Karger at West Hollywood’s Soho House. The once-in-a-lifetime experience is valued at $20,000 and is available to bid on through October 11 at auction site CharityBuzz.

Clooney in February spoke to the Advocate about starring in Dustin Lance Black’s 8, a play which  dramatized the Prop 8 trials and was taken directly from the courts transcripts which was performed in Los Angeles, raising over $2 million for the American Foundation for Equal Rights and stated:

“One day the marriage equality fight will look as archaic as George Wallace standing on the University of Alabama steps keeping James Hood from attending college because he was black. People will be embarrassed to have been on the wrong side.”

So c’mon boys and girls break out those piggy banks and dig into that mad money and bid, Bid, BID!

Actor George Clooney Arrested By Secret Service Protesting The Sudan Crisis In Washington DC

George Clooney was hauled away by the Secret Service and arrested during a protest over the Sudan crisis in Washington, DC.

Clooney, his father Nick and dozens of other people were arrested including congressmen and the leaders of the human rights community protesting the violence committed by the government of Sudan on its own innocent men, women and children. They were demanding they allow humanitarian aid into the country before it becomes the largest humanitarian crisis in the world.”

Clooney recently shot a short documentary about the situation in Suadan, which he released on EnoughProject.com 

WARNING — Video contains VERY graphic content.

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WATCH The West Coast Production of Dustin Lance Black’s “8” Starring Brad Pitt and George Clooney at Back2Stonewall.com

Featuring an all-star cast including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jane Lynch, Kevin Bacon and others, “8” is a play written by Academy Award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and directed by acclaimed actor and director Rob Reiner. It is a powerful account of the case filed by the American Federation for Equal Rights (AFER ) in the U.S. District Court in 2010 to overturn Proposition 8 a constitutional amendment that eliminated the rights of same-sex couples to marry in the state of California. Framed around the trial’s historic closing arguments in June 2010, 8 provides an intimate look what unfolded when the issue of same-sex marriage was on trial.

Video of last nights performance made available by American Foundation for Equal Rights — the organization behind the effort to overturn Prop 8 — the event was streamed live on YouTube last night  And now you can watch the full program below.

The play itself starts at roughly at the 30 minute mark after a recap of news reports and speeches about the court case challenging Prop 8.

2012 Golden Globes Winner List & Highlight Video: George Clooney, Penis Jokes, and Madonna

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George Clooney To Star In Gay Play: “It is astonishing that gay and lesbian Americans are still treated as second-class citizens,”

The American Foundation for Equal Rights announced today that  Academy Award-winning actor George Clooney is joining the cast for the West Coast premier of Oscar-winner Dustin Lance Black’s “8.”

The play is about the historic trial in AFER’s federal constitutional challenge to Prop 8,. The play, taken from the District Court trial transcripts, courtroom observations and interviews with the two couples who are plaintiffs in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, will be directed by noted actor/director and AFER Founding Board Member Rob Reiner.

Said Clooney:

“It is astonishing that gay and lesbian Americans are still treated as second-class citizens,” Clooney said in an AFER press release.  “I am confident that, very soon, the laws of this nation will reflect the basic truth that gay and lesbian people – like all human beings – are born equal in dignity and rights.”

“8” premiered to a sold-out audience and much acclaim last Sept. 19 at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre in New York City. The West Coast premier will be a one-night only performance.

The play will have its Los Angeles debut on March 3rd.