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Beverly Hills Hotel Protest: Jay Leno Compares Sultan of Brunei to LA Clippers Owner Donald Sterling


By Greg Gilman

The Beverly Hills Hotel came under fire Monday from protestors including Jay Leno and actress Frances Fisher speaking out against human rights violations the Sultan of Brunei — who owns the Los Angeles landmark — imposed on the Muslim citizens of his Southeast Asia country last week.

Leno, who retired from hosting NBC's "Tonight Show" in February, compared the growing boycott of the hotel to the country's reaction to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's racist rant.

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"Let's put it in perspective. The people in the Beverly Hills Hotel are the Clippers. The Sultan is Sterling," Leno said. "We don't blame anyone who works at the hotel. They're just the Clippers players, they're doing their game."

The Feminist Majority Foundation organized the protest after deciding to move tonight's Global Women's Rights Awards from the Beverly Hills Hotel to the Hammer Museum in Westwood.

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Speakers included board members Leno and his wife, Mavis Leno, as well as Eleanor Smeal, the president of the women's rights organization, and Fisher ("Titanic").

"We cannot hold a human rights and women's rights event at a hotel whose owner would institute a penal code that fundamentally violates women's rights and human rights," Smeal said in a previous statement. "'Kill-a-gay' laws, or laws that allow the flogging of women for abortion, violate international law and have no place in civilized society."

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Phase one of the Brunei's new penal code, based on Islamic criminal punishments, went into affect on May 1. Muslim citizens of the Southeast Asia country neighboring Malaysia can now be fined or jailed for offenses including not performing Friday prayers, becoming pregnant out of wedlock, propagating other religions and indecent behavior.

Phases two and three of the law will subject adulterers and gay people to stoning, flogging and amputation.

More to come…

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