Kim Kardashian West lifts anti-gay boycott on Sultan of Brunei-owned Dorchester hotels
The reality TV star wrote an entire blog detailing why she wanted to scrap the A-list ban on residences and head to the Beverly Hills Hotel
Kim Kardashian West isn’t known for taking a political stand. Or any sort of stand, really.
But the reality TV star – who recently completed her merger (read: married) outspoken rap “prophet” Kanye West – has decided to dedicate an entire blog to reasoning why she’s decided to step foot back into the Beverly Hills Hotel.
The residence is part of the boycotted Dorchester Collection residence, owned by the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah. Several famous faces have rallied against the hotel chain in order to put pressure on the leader to change anti-gay laws in the Middle Eastern country, which include enforcing the death penalty by stoning for homosexuality and adultery.
Kardashian originally agreed with the likes of Ellen DeGeneres, Stephen Fry and Russell Crowe, and even cancelled her scheduled "bridal shower" (hen party) at Beverly Hills Hotel last month.
But, she writes via her official blog 'My Thoughts', actions like boycotts "negatively affect" the warm, attentive staff who work there. And they have a great anti-paparazzi policy she simply can’t pass up.
"My best friend Allison and I wanted to take our babies out to lunch a few days ago after our baby class but there were so many paparazzi swarming us, it would have really scared them," she wrote.
"Instead we had to feed them at her place and put them down for a nap. We were planning on taking them to the Beverly Hills Hotel, which is where we always go because they respect not having any paparazzi drive onto their property, but I reminded Allison that my bridal shower was moved from that hotel due to the actions of the Sultan of Brunei.
"Allison shared with me her view on the situation and we 100% agree that the actions and law enforcements of the Sultan are completely against everything we believe in.
"However, I started to realize that maybe boycotting the hotel isn’t the best solution either. 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," she continued. "When I was a little girl, I would ride my bike to the Beverly Hills Hotel on the weekends to eat downstairs in the coffee shop with my dad, and some of the same people still work there! It’s sad to see them suffering from this protest."
She did go on to reiterate her support for the LGBT community and their campaign for justice.
Television presenter Jay Leno joined protesters in a march against the Sultan of Brunei's 'stone the gays' laws "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," she added. "I do believe though that instead of this boycott, there has to be another solution."
However, she concluded with the following: "Boycotting the hotel won’t affect the sultan, just our dear friends who work there. For every warm smile when they greet us and for all the dedication they put in to make our experiences more enjoyable, I hope we can return the same love and compassion to make sure they’re not forgotten during this protest."
A spokesperson for The Dorchester Collection issued the following response to the entertainment and fashion industry boycotts in April.
"We are sensitive to the fact that any such potential withdrawal of business directly impacts our employees, who represent the full diversity of society," they said.
"We continue to abide by the laws of the countries we operate in and do not tolerate any form of discrimination of any kind.
"We are aware that many variations of Sharia law are practiced in many countries throughout the world and these countries have diverse business interests including fashion, hospitality and travel groups, media, entertainment, banking and many other sectors."
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