Thu, Apr 11, 2019 - Page 15 News List

Clooney urges boycott over Brunei’s gay stoning law
汶萊「石刑」砸死同性戀 克魯尼籲抵制

Actor George Clooney, Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and singer Elton John, left to right, are seen in this composite photo.

Photo: AFP

Academy Award-winning actor George Clooney has called for a boycott against nine luxury hotels owned by Brunei over the Southeast Asian nation’s imposition of a new Islamic law, including a death penalty by “stoning” or “whipping” for all people having gay sex or committing adultery. His call has been supported by singer Elton John and many other celebrities.

The nine hotels are located in the US, the UK, France and Italy, and include the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, the Dorchester in London and the Plaza Athenee in Paris. Clooney said that the boycott may have “little effect” on changing the law, but, he added, “You can shame the banks, the financiers and the institutions that do business with them and choose to look the other way.”

Virgin Airlines, Deutsche Bank and some other international businesses have announced that they will end their business with the hotels in protest of the Bruneian law. Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs also issued a warning about the new law to Taiwanese traveling to Brunei.

(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)






1. boycott n.


(di3 zhi4; bei1 ge3)

2. stoning n.

石刑(shi2 xing2)

3. whipping n.


(bian1 xing2)

4. adultery n.


(tong1 jian1)

5. shame v.


(shi3 ren2 xiu1 kui4)

This story has been viewed 3224 times.

Comments will be moderated. Keep comments relevant to the article. Remarks containing abusive and obscene language, personal attacks of any kind or promotion will be removed and the user banned. Final decision will be at the discretion of the Taipei Times.

TOP top