STEPHEN Fry is boycotting The Dorchester Collection of hotels, owned by the Sultan of Brunei, after the country introduced a law to punish gays with death by stoning.The journalist and presenter cancelled his stay at luxury hotel Coworth Park, in Berkshire, as it is part of the hotel group owned by the Sultan, Hassanal Bolkiah.
The star tweeted his decision, making him the latest in a line of celebrities to boycott hotels within the group, which includes two London hotels – The Dorchester and 45 Park Lane – as well as hotels in Paris, Geneva, Milan, Rome and the US.American shoe designer Brian Atwood and fashion designer Peter Som are mobilising the fashion industry to boycott The Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles which are the only US hotels that are part of The Dorchester Collection.
Brian Atwood took to Instagram to post a message to his 187,000 followers, writing: ‘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.’Days later, following an article in the LA Times about the boycott, he tweeted: ‘Awareness is a start #takeastand’.
Committing a homosexual act in Brunei was punishable by a 10-year prison sentence, but that has just been increased to death by stoning in a law that was introduced on April 22.
Mon, 28 April 2014
The Dorchester Collection include at least 7 hotels:
The Beverly Hills Hotel – The Beverly Hills Hotel Spa by La Prairie
Le Meurice – Spa Valmont
Hôtel Plaza Athénée – Dior Institut au Plaza Athénée
Hotel Principe di Savoia – Club 10 (Comfort Zone, Thalgo and Kanebo)
Coworth Park – The Spa at Coworth Park (including Carol Joy London, Kerstin Florian and Aromatherapy Associates)
Hotel Bel-Air – Spa by La Prairie
Le Richemond – Le Spa by Sisley