In what is arguably one of the very few times Hollywood elites and conservative Americans were unified, its when they joined forces on Monday to protest the Brunei government's implementation of a new criminal code based on radical Muslim Sharia law. One of their first targets for a boycott is the famous Beverly Hills Hotel, according to news reports.
Brunei, which is located on the island of Borneo and is considered a rich nation thanks to its oil and gas exports, is predominately Muslim, although it does have some practitioners of Christianity and Buddhism living in their midst.
According to reports, Brunei's Sharia-based penal code fines or imprisons its citizens and visitors for offenses such as failure to attend Friday prayer services, indecent or disorderly conduct, and out-of-wedlock pregnancies.
In the upcoming months, the new code will address offenses that include theft and robbery and will imposed more serious penalties including public whippings, amputations of arms or legs, and other draconian penalties. Brunei's leader, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, said his country will also include death by public stoning for homosexual acts and for adultery in the future.
While politicos on the Beverly Hills city council and Mayor Lili Bosse are set to pass a resolution condemning Sharia law in Brunei, Hollywood's elite are already taking action. For example, comedian Jay Leno is supporting the Beverly Hills Hotel boycott and boycotts of other ritzy hotels owned by Brunei.
In addition, a number of show business-related organizations have already withdrawn plans to hold festivities at the hotel, such as the Motion Picture & Television Fund's annual Night Before the Oscars charity event, Global Women's Rights Association, and others.
During a small protest in front of the hotel on Monday night, Jay Leno gave a rousing speech on human rights.