One of London’s most exclusive hotels and a fashion week hotspot, the Dorchester, is facing a boycott by fashion insiders. Peter Som, Brian Atwood and Valentino have all called for a boycott following the implementation of anti-gay laws by the Sultan of Brunei, the hotel’s owner, in his home country.
Committing a homosexual act in Brunei was previously punishable by a 10-year prison sentence but this was increased to death by stoning, in a law that was introduced on April 22.
Atwood called on the fashion industry via social media;
“Don’t stay at the Principe di Savoia, Le Meurice, or the Dorchester during Milan, Paris or London Fashion Weeks this June to October. Send a clear signal to their owner, the Sultan of Brunei, that stoning people to death for being gay in Brunei is not acceptable. Why not cancel your bookings?”
A spokesperson for The Dorchester Collection has since responded to the boycott, telling WWD: “We are sensitive to the fact that any such potential withdrawal of business directly impacts our employees, who represent the full diversity of society. We continue to abide by the laws of the countries we operate in and do not tolerate any form of discrimination of any kind.”
Indeed, the Dorchester are arguing that because stoning someone to death over their sexuality is legal in that country, it must be okay!
The ‘Dorchester Collection’ hotel group also includes Le Meurice, The Beverly Hills Hotel and Coworth Park in Berkshire. A protest was held outside the Beverley Hills Hotel on Saturday. Wigs And Gowns will be sure to avoid anywhere connected with a man that can commit such human rights atrocities and hope that all you fashion law fans will do the same!
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