Hollywood Hotel Protest: Cue the Clueless
… welcome to “islamaphobes” vs “homophobes”
Last week, celebrities were protesting and demonstrating across from the Beverley Hills Hotel over the implementation of Sharia law by the Sultan of Brunei. The hotel is being targeted because it is owned by an investment group controlled by the Sultan. Here are a few quotes reported by CNN:
“We’re just making people aware,” Jay Leno, who was among the demonstrators, told CNN. “It’s not a political issue. This is not something that’s debatable. … It’s people being stoned to death,” he said.
“We, the IWMF, can no longer hold an event at a venue whose owner stands for the violation of the very human rights we fight for,” Elisa Lees Munoz, executive director of the International Women’s Media Foundation, said in a statement.
“I won’t be visiting the Hotel Bel-Air or the Beverly Hills Hotel until this is resolved,” Ellen DeGeneres tweeted to her 28.8 million followers.
There have been no reported protests or boycotts at The Plaza, New York or Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. Both of these come under Kingdom Holdings, an investment company run by His Royal Highness, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal of Saudi Arabia. According to the Saudi Arabia embassy website:
Saudi Arabia is an Islamic state, its judicial system is based on Islamic law (Shari’ah) for both criminal and civil cases.
As pointed out in the Washington Post, Saudi Arabia’s judicial system is well established, providing an “in-place” example of what Brunei is implementing:
Under the country’s interpretation of sharia law, a married man engaging in sodomy or any non-Muslim who commits sodomy with a Muslim can be stoned to death.
Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Holdings also has interests in the following entertainment outlets:
All big names and responsible for many paychecks in the entertainment industry.
COMMENT/ANALYSIS: There have been some rumblings that this may be the big wake-up call for people in America to realize the threats Islamists and a sharia legal system pose to western society. Doubtful. The gay/lesbian community has significant influence in the entertainment industry. It is apparently upset about a hotel in their backyard they just learned has ties to a homophobic culture … welcome to “islamaphobes” vs “homophobes”.
Sharia law and hudud punishments have been in place in Saudi Arabia for a very long time and far from being secret. If celebrities were really outraged by “… It’s people being stoned to death,” the holdings of the Saudi Royal family would be the main focus.
Maybe Jay Leno, Ellen DeGeneres and others will start a fund to help all the local hospitality workers being affected by their actions. Also doubtful.
Ms. DeGeneres’ tweet to 28.8 million followers? Kingdom Holdings owns a substantial portion of Twitter.