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Elton John joins hotel boycott to protest new Brunei law punishing gay sex with death by stoning

Elton John has joined George Clooney's call for the boycott of Brunei-owned hotels.

Clooney is calling for the boycott of nine hotels in the US and Europe with ties to the sultan of Brunei, which next month will implement Islamic criminal laws to punish gay sex by stoning offenders to death.

The 72-year-old singer-songwriter and activist wrote on Twitter at the weekend, "I commend my friend, George Clooney, for taking a stand against the anti-gay discrimination and bigotry taking place in the nation of Brunei - a place where gay people are brutalised, or worse - by boycotting the Sultan's hotels."

He also wrote on Twitter, "I believe that love is love and being able to love as we choose is a basic human right.  Wherever we go, my husband David and I deserve to be treated with dignity and respect - as do each and every one of the millions of LGBTQ+ people around the world."

Mr John added, "Our hearts go out to the good, hardworking employees of properties owned by the Sultan of Brunei, many of whom we know to be gay."

Mr Clooney wrote last week in Deadline Hollywood: "Are we really going to help fund the murder of innocent citizens?"

He wrote that you can't shame "murderous regimes," but you can shame "the banks, the financiers and the institutions that do business with them."

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah rules the oil-rich monarchy with full executive authority, and the hotels are owned by the Brunei Investment Agency. An email seeking comment was sent to the agency.

The hotels are The Dorchester and Coworth Park in the UK; Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles; Le Meurice and Hotel Plaza Athenee in Paris; Hotel Eden in Rome; and Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan.

The new laws take effect from April 3.

The British pop star has sold more than 200 million records over his career.
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