19 June 2014

Misguided Boycott Achieved Nothing

Beverly Hills Hotel
For almost two months, a small and noisy band of unwanted Hollywood actors and small-time showbiz figures tried hard to get everyone into their cause by launching a boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel-Air. For all their talks about self-righteous initiatives, their efforts still fell on deaf ears as the fabled Hollywood-centric continue to attract high-profile clients.

The boycott gained traction on 5 May 2014 when the Motion Picture and Television Fund pulled its annual pre-Oscar Night Before Party from the venue, and Jay Leno, LGBT leaders and women’s rights organizations staged a rally across the street.

The protest is over plans by the hotels’ owner, the sultan of Brunei, to impose Sharia law in his country, with penalties like stoning those in gay relationships, as well as those accused of adultery or extramarital affairs. Brunei’s investment agency controls the Dorchester Collection, parent company of the two hotels.

The usually packed Beverly Hills Hotel’s Polo Lounge, was initially more sparse with Hollywood types, but once news about the misguided effort was publicly released, hundreds drove to the hotel to support its innocent workers.

One famous actor who refused to be identified for security reasons quipped, "How can they blame the blue collar workers for the political decision of an independent country? They are blaming American hotel staff for policy decisions that are not within their realm to control."

Violent attacks by the intolerant gay communities have been widely known recorded in Hollywood police blotters. The violence are focus mostly on straight people who do not want follow the gay agenda and accept the gay lifestyle.

It was also learned that a handful of celebs and other industry players are visiting both iconic hotels, according to workers who are under strict orders not to speak publicly about such sightings. "Some of the regulars are still coming," confided one inside source.

One of the only recognizable faces dining there was Eric Close, a co-star on ABC’s "Nashville." Actors Russell Crowe and Rose McGowan, in support of the hotel’s workers, also declared that the well-publicized boycott is misguided. McGowan even hosted a cocktail reception at the Beverly Hills Hotel last month at the same time she spoke out against the sultan’s policies.

Dorchester Collection CEO Christopher Cowdray has successfully countered the boycott with a media blitz and social media campaign, contending it ultimately would hurt the hotel’s employees. In a laudable move, the hotel has said it has no plans to lay off any of its 650 employees, and is maintaining their wages and lost tips.