Reality TV star Kim Kardashian has urged fellow celebrities to give up a boycott of the Dorchester Collection hotel chain as she fears staff will suffer during the protest. Kanye West's new wife has switched sides in the Hollywood-fuelled debate, in which stars have refused to stay in or visit the hotels since the owner - Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah - adopted a harsh Sharia Law penal code calling for homosexuality to be punishable by death in his home country.
Kardashian originally planned to host her bridal shower at the Beverly Hills Hotel in California earlier this year (14), but joined stars including Sharon Osbourne and Ellen DeGeneres in boycotting the venue and moved the pre-wedding party to the nearby Peninsula Hotel. However, in an entry posted on her blog on Monday (23Jun14), Kardashian now encourages her fans and fellow celebrities to call off the boycott.
She writes, "My best friend Allison and I wanted to take our babies out to lunch a few days ago... We were planning on taking them to the Beverly Hills Hotel, which is where we always go because they respect not having any paparazzi drive onto their property, but I reminded Allison that my bridal shower was moved from that hotel due to the actions of the Sultan of Brunei. "Allison shared with me her view on the situation and we 100 per cent agree that the actions and law enforcements of the Sultan are completely against everything we believe in." She continues, "However, I started to realise that maybe boycotting the hotel isn't the best solution either. For a sultan that has 20 billion dollars, this loss of business doesn't even make a dent in his fortunes. But the hotel staff are being negatively affected every day with the boycott that has gone on for weeks now... "We shouldn't punish the amazing hard-working people who have been so good to us for years!... "There must be other ways to express our views without punishing the workers, some who I know personally have families at home and depend on the city's business and tips to survive... "The unjust treatment and violation of rights of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community around the world is never justified and I will continue to proudly support the LGBT community in every way imaginable. I do believe though that instead of this boycott, there has to be another solution. "I hope we can come together and stand up for our beliefs while still making sure good people aren't wrongfully hurt in the process. Boycotting the hotel won't affect the sultan, just our dear friends who work there."