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Russell Crowe Defends Support of Brunei-Owned Hotels Despite Growing Boycott

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Russell Crowe took to twitter last week to defend his continued support of Brunei-owned Dorchester Hotels, despite pressure from boycotters protesting brutal sharia laws recently passed in the Southeast Asian country.

The boycott is backed by big names like Jay Leno, Ellen DeGeneres, Richard Branson (and all employees of Virgin), Stephen Fry, and Sharon Osbourne.

Crowe tweeted that his support for the hotels was not a show of support for sharia law, but rather for hotel's American employees, whom he likened to "collateral damage" in the protest. 

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Despite Crowe's tweets, the boycott continues to grow. The New York Times reports that companies participating in fashion shows in Milan and Paris, which would usually stay at Dorchester Hotels, are going elsewhere. 

“While I am sensitive to the potential impact that this issue may have on the wonderful staff at Le Meurice, I cannot in all good conscience stay there, nor can Vogue’s editors,” Anna Wintour, the Vogue editor and Condé Nast artistic director, said through a spokeswoman.

In Milan, the Principe di Savoia is the hotel of choice for large swathes of the fashion community, including representatives from Calvin Klein, Salvatore Ferragamo and a number of magazines. A Condé Nast spokeswoman said that lodging choices were “left up to the individual brands, all of which have decided not to stay at Dorchester properties for the upcoming shows,” as has Miguel Enamorado, the fashion director of Brant Publications’ Interview. (Representatives for Calvin Klein and Salvatore Ferragamo declined to comment.)

American politicians are also voicing their disgust, not by boycotting Dorchester hotels, but by calling for Brunei to be removed from Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks unless they "address these human rights violations."


Learn What Would Jesus Buy With Conservative Shopper App

2nd Vote App
The ever-helpful Tony Perkins reminded his followers that the Family Research Council has an app called 2nd Vote that rates companies from 1-5 based on their adherence to traditional conservative values. Companies lose points for supporting gay rights, any liberal policies, and donations to Planned Parenthood, naturally.

Confusingly, companies also lose points for having environmental protection policies in place (Psalm 24:1 - The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof the world and those who dwell therein; Revelations 11:18 - The nations raged, but your wrath came, and the time [...] for destroying the destroyers of the earth.) and for banning guns in their establishments (Psalm 11:5 - The Lord tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence; Exodus 20:13 - Thou shalt not kill.), so perhaps 2nd Vote's conservative policies aren't just a thin veneer applied over oppressive religous dogma.

The app is presently enjoying stellar ratings on Apple's App Store with enthusiastic reviews from satisfied customers:

"Thank you for helping me to identify which business are willing to stand up against bigotry, misogyny, discrimination and just general ignorance. I am thrilled that this APP has made it so easy to find what businesses to avoid AND pointed out that those that cling to backwards conservative ideals are fewer and further between!" 

"As a bigot, it's very important for me to know where I should spend my money. I like supporting companies that discriminate against minorities, and hold hypocritical views based on the Bible. I am glad to know my dollars aren't going to some gay fascist socialists."

[Image via Joe.My.God.]


Anti-Gay Lobbyist Jack Burkman Launches Boycott Of NFL Rams And Visa Over Michael Sam

Jack Burkman — an anti-gay lobbyist who is an embarrassment to his own gay brother — has followed through on his promise to unleash a “relentless” Christian boycott against the NFL team that drafted openly gay football player Michael Sam.

WowHe’s also including Visa in his boycott for signing an endorsement deal with Sam.

The PR News Channel reports:

Burkman says he unleashed powerful grassroots organizations he assembled in 27 of the 50 states which will lead the boycott efforts. And he says he has mobilized a coalition of evangelical Christian leaders from across the nation to join the boycott.

“Visa and the Rams will learn that when you trample the Christian community and Christian values, there will be a terrible financial price to pay,” says Burkman. “Openly gay football players send a terrible message to our youth about morality. Somebody needs to step up because the moral fiber of the nation is eroding.”

In the boycott he’s leading against Visa, Burkman says he is urging the public to sell Visa stock they may own and to stop using Visa cards.

Burkman says he is also urging Rams fans to not buy team merchandise and is calling on season ticket holders to stay away from games.

Burkman has also drafted a go-nowhere Senate Bill that would ban openly gay players from major league sports. Sam himself zinged Burkman’s bill back in February by tweeting, “Jack Burkman is going to need a Delorian, not some bogus bill, if he wants to prevent gay athletes from being in the locker room.”


Beverly Hills Hotel Owner Feeling Bullied By Boycott: VIDEO

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Thanks to Brunei's completely insane decision to stone people convicted of homosexuality, the celebrity-centric Beverly Hills Hotel is now the focus of a boycott as its umbrella group is owned by Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei, one of the wealthiest men in the world. Given that Beverly Hills Hotel plays host to the entertainment industry elite, there is a lot of money to be lost by this boycott, particularly since it has attracted big names such as Ellen DeGeneres, Jay Leno, Sir Richard Branson, Sharon Osborne, and Stephen Fry, as well as a variety of high-end awards dinners and fundraisers.

CEO of parent company the Dorchester Collection Christopher Cowdray is calling foul, that the hotel itself has done nothing wrong to deserve the boycott. Said Cowdray in a report on Tuesday's CBS This Morning:

I feel totally unfairly picked on. All they are doing is hurting a local business.

Which, of course, is the entire point of a boycott: witholding financial support in hopes that the lack of business will prompt a company to change whatever it is that prompted the boycott in the first place. In this case, either encouraging Brunei to revoke its evil new "Kill the Gays" law (unlikely), or at least prompting the Dorchester Collection to rescind ownership of the hotel and thus cutting off a source of income to a man who has enshrined into law the bloodthirsty persecution of gays (more likely).

As of this writing Sultan Bolkiah has not made any public comment or acknowledgment of the boycott, though the Dorchester Collection has gone into PR damage control with Cowdray releasing this statement:

We have a truly global economy today. Look at all the foreign investments in hotels and real estate. Our hotels are autonomously run and in that way not tied to Brunei. Religious or political views have no place in our organization.

Watch Cowdray speak to CNN, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Right Wing Groups Boycott Girl Scout Cookies Over Lesbian Role Models, 'Very Liberal' Activities

The American Family Association, Family Research Council, and other right-wing organizations will not be enjoying the bounty of Thin Mints, Samoas, and Tagalongs offered by the Girl Scouts of America this year. The reason? According to AFA president Tim Wildmon, "buying Girl Scout cookies serves only to further facilitate a very liberal pro-abortion agenda.”

GirlscoutlogoRight Wing Watch reports:

WND has reported on a variety of activities on the part of Girl Scouts that conservatives and religious believers might find objectionable, including when the organization was found touting a pro-abortion politician.

Girl Scouts also marched in a homosexual promotion in San Francisco and were found to be removing “God” from their “Girl Scout Promise.”

They also have incorporated stone labyrinths, global warming, yoga, avatars, smudging incense, Zen gardens and lesbian role models into their teachings.

In a lesson called “Amaze: The Twists and Turns of Getting Along,” girls were taught that they should read Buddha and explore mazes and stone or dirt labyrinths – symbols rooted in pagan mythology and popular within the New Age movement as meditation tools.

They also were introduced to Polish poet Anna Swir, known for her feminist and erotic poems, and Jane Addams, an ardent feminist and pacifist.

CookiesPerhaps most disturbing, and ironic, is the ardent opposition Girl Scouts face from Concerned Women for America.

CWA’s Janice Shaw Crouse told WorldNetDaily, “The Girl Scouts formerly embraced the Judeo-Christian values that Americans once grew up with – love of God, love of country, treating others fairly and living wholesome lives. Now, Girl Scouts are more focused on indoctrinating girls on the so-called women’s rights agenda.” 

These complaints smack of earlier concerns from the likes of Indiana Rep. Bob Morris and transphobic girl scout Taylor.

WorldNetDaily actually offered a plethora of extremely silly reasons not to buy the delicious treats; I suppose that means more for the rest of us!


‘Anything But Coke’ College Campaign Pushes for LGBT Rights in Russia: VIDEO

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A new protest campaign aimed at highlighting Russia’s anti-gay crackdown and Coca-Cola’s refusal to denounce these human rights abuses has begun on college campuses across the nation.

Carnegie Mellon University's The Tartan reports:

John Moriarty, a sophomore directing major, along with Jeff Kasinoff, a junior at Wesleyan University, co-founded Anything But Coke, a campaign to boycott Coca-Cola products to convince Coca-Cola to pull its sponsorship of the Sochi Olympics.

“Anything But Coke is an online campaign that I started because of the atrocities happening to gay citizens in Russia,” Moriarty said. “Hate groups across the country have spiraled out of control. [...]

ProtestLast Sunday, Moriarty and about twenty others poured out Coca-Cola products — none of which they bought — at the intersection of Morewood and Forbes Avenues. Similar protests are slated in the coming weeks at other universities and high schools across the country. The next protest takes place next week [this Sunday] at Wesleyan University. After that, protests will take place at schools such as Boston University and St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt.

A dozen other schools have set in motion protests as well. 

Moriarty acknowledged that while Coca-Cola is not the true villain in the room, the company does have the power to make a real impact on the situation in Russia. “We cannot support corporations who put profit before human rights. No matter who is suffering,” he wrote in an email to The Tartan.

Watch a PSA for the campaign, AFTER THE JUMP...

Earlier this week, we reported on a similiar initiative taking place at Ireland's Trinity College, with the school's student union pledging to ban Coke products during the upcoming Sochi Games.

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