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Ellen DeGeneres calls for hotel boycott over Brunei law punishing gay sex, adultery with stoning

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Longtime daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is calling for a boycott of luxury hotels across the globe that are owned by the Sultan of Brunei after the country announced a new law that will make gay sex and adultery punishable by death.

{mosads}“Tomorrow, the country of #Brunei will start stoning gay people to death. We need to do something now,” the comedian said in a tweet on Tuesday.

“Please boycott these hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei,” she continued. “Raise your voices now. Spread the word. Rise up.”


Her call to action came a day before Brunei was scheduled to implement harsh new criminal laws making gay sex and adultery punishable by stoning to death, despite widespread condemnation from human rights groups.

The new laws, which are set to begin Wednesday, also order the amputation of hands or feet for crimes like theft.

The strict laws were first announced in the nation in 2013. The new laws made Brunei the first country in East Asia to adopt Sharia law, despite backlash from international human rights activists at the time.

The first phase of the new set of laws, which was related to crimes that were punishable by fines or imprisonment, was implemented in 2014, according to the BBC.

The sultan said that the remaining two phases of the set of measures, which related to crimes that would be punishable by stoning and amputation, would come into full implementation in the following years, but the latter phases were delayed amid international condemnation.

It wasn’t until Saturday that the government released a statement saying that the Sharia penal code would come into full force on Wednesday.

Homosexuality is already punishable by up to 10 years in prison in the Southeast Asian nation. However, those found guilty could see penalties including whipping and stoning under the new measures.

Actor George Clooney similarly called for a boycott of hotels owned by the sultan last month when the country’s new anti-LGBT laws received attention.

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