The Queen of reality TV, Kim Kardashian, has spoken out against the boycotting of the anti-gay Sultan of Brunei’s Beverly Hills Hotel.
In recent months, celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres, Jay Leno and Anna Wintour have boycotted the Dorchester Collection hotel group, which also includes Le Meurice in Paris, due to the owner’s approval of Islamic Sharia law that will eventually see gay people stoned to death.
American Vogue editor Wintour recently told The New York Times, “While I am sensitive to the potential impact that this issue may have on the wonderful staff, I cannot in good conscience stay there, nor can Vogue’s editors”.
33 year-old Kardashian, who married outspoken rapper Kanye West in a lavish ceremony last month, originally sided with her fellow A-list celebrities in the boycott, though according to a new post posted yesterday on her website, she has now changed her mind, “I started to realise that maybe boycotting the hotel isn’t the best solution. For a sultan that has 20 billion dollars, this loss of business doesn’t even make a dent in his fortunes. But the hotel staff are being negatively affected every day with the boycott that has gone on for weeks now…we shouldn’t punish the amazing hard-working people who have been so good to us for years”.
The star of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, which is currently airing its ninth season on E! added, “There must be other ways to express our views without punishing the workers, some who I know personally have families at home and depend on the city’s business and tips to survive”.
Last month, Hollywood actor Russell Crowe shared Kardashian’s sentiment, posting on Twitter “I don’t agree with the boycotting of Dorechester Collection hotels. It only hurts the hard-working staff who I consider friends”.
Kardashian, whose BFF Jonathan Cheban has been plagued with gay rumours, concluded by making her position on LGBT rights clear saying, “The unjust treatment and violation of rights of the LGBT community around the world is never justified and I will continue to proudly support the LGBT community in every way imaginable. I hope we can come together and stand for our beliefs while still making sure good people aren’t wrongfully hurt in the process”.
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