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‘I Feel Totally Picked On’ Says CEO Of Beverly Hills Hotel Owned By Stoning Sultan

by David Badash on May 6, 2014

in Discrimination,News,Politics,Religion

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The CEO of a chain of ultra-luxury hotels owned by one of the richest men in the world is complaining that boycotts against his Beverly Hills Hotel make him feel “totally unfairly picked on.”

Christopher Cowdray, CEO of the Dorchester Collection, the ultra-luxury chain of ten hotels owned by an investment firm that in turn is owned by the Sultan of Brunei, flew from London to Beverly Hills to support his employees.

LOOK: Welcome To Brunei, Where Being Gay Can Literally Get You Stoned To Death

At issue, the country of Brunei, under the will of their ruler, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, has just implemented sharia laws that mandate stoning to death of gay men and lesbian women for being homosexual, along with the stoning to death of rapists, adulterers, those who engage in blasphemy or insult the Prophet or the Qur’an, and women who have abortions. Other barbaric punishments being implemented include amputations and flogging.

The Sultan has said he recently became more religious.

The Beverly Hills Hotel is the target now of a boycott by some of the most famous and richest people in America. Jay Leno delivered a speech at a protest yesterday, and celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres and Sharon Osbourne, and Virgin Atlantic owner Richard Branson have all spoken out against the laws and the hotel.

Cowdray told CBS News that the “Beverly Hills Hotel has done absolutely nothing wrong.” He added, “I feel totally unfairly picked on,” and complained that all the protestors are doing “is hurting a local business.”

CBS News’ Ben Tracy asked CEO Cowdray what he or his company think about the implementation of sharia laws that include the biblical times custom of death by stoning.

“Does the Dorchester Collection have an opinion of the laws being implemented in Brunei?” Tracy asked.

“No, I don’t have any opinion whatsoever,” Cowdray said.

“You don’t think they are wrong?”

“I am not prepared to comment on that,” he said.

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Previously:

Law Mandating The Stoning Of Gays To Death To Begin

The Top Ten List Of Least — And Most — Homophobic Countries May Surprise You

And Now There Are 77 Countries Where Being Gay Is Illegal

 

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{ 6 comments }

SeanLiberty13 May 6, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Oh booo f@#king hooo Chistopher. The LGBT people in Brunei fear for their lives because of your hotel's owner calling for them to be murdered. Yes it is a local business, a business that you help make money for him, therefore you are complicit in the murder of innocent human beings in his country. IT IS WRONG and you have blood on your hands.

teeveedub May 6, 2014 at 1:13 pm

So glad you (and others) are calling out this d-bag. The kind of entitled complacency that he represents is beyond odious – it's dangerous.

bjohnm May 6, 2014 at 1:34 pm

“Does the Dorchester Collection have an opinion of the laws being implemented in Brunei?” Tracy asked.

“No, I don’t have any opinion whatsoever,” Cowdray said.

“You don’t think they are wrong?”

“I am not prepared to comment on that,” he said.

Says all I need to hear. If you're feeling a little picked on, a little bullied perhaps, then welcome to our world. Afraid to speak out are we? Afraid your BFF, the Sultan, might have you stoned are we? Sorry pal, after that answer, no sympathy. That thing about having done nothing wrong…that answer, that was the thing you did wrong.

xenubarb May 6, 2014 at 2:46 pm

If Flush Rush has taught us anything, it is that we, the people, can express disapproval to the point of marginalizing offensive targets.

So this hotel is off my list. Like the Doug Manchester-owned Hilton in San Diego that was boycotted into oblivion by LGBT celebrants of Pride Week, perhaps the owners will have to offload this thing, now that it is tainted with hate and bigotry and fail. And whiny CEOs…

James_M_Martin May 6, 2014 at 9:37 pm

This is what happens when we sell out to the highest bidder and they turn out to be religious fanatics. The Beverly Hills Hotel is SACRED to me. I went there to interview several celebrities as a journalist in the 70s. These included Andy Warhol and his film director associate Paul Morrissey. The same night I interviewed Warhol Liz Taylor and Richard Burton were having drinks in the fabulous B.H.H. bar. As we all know, Taylor was a champion of lgbt people and would be horrified at the Sultana raisin's pronouncements about stoning of gays. One more instance of what Christopher Hitchens had in mind when he said, in "God is NOT Great," that religion poisons everything.

kalanac May 7, 2014 at 9:06 am

"I feel totally, unfairly, picked on"

Yeah, so do we.

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