George Clooney to continue boycotting Brunei

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George Clooney has welcomed news that Brunei is actually not going to practically implement all the points of the newly-enacted Sharia laws, in part those which referred to gay men being stoned to death. But the actor says that he is still going to boycott the country and the businesses it owns, because even though Brunei has made a ‘huge step forward after a giant step backwards’, the country did not repeal the law. And words are just words, they cannot be considered reliable enough. He also said the backlash to the laws sends “a very crucial message to countries like Indonesia and Malaysia that there is a cost for enacting these laws.” The actor also noted that the point of the boycott is not to make average people avoid some particular hotels that are owned by a particular country, but in making global banks and other businesses reconsider their relationships with Brunei. Having said that, the law to stone their citizens is still in place,” Clooney continued, “meaning that as soon as the pressure dies down they could simply start the process of carrying out executions. So in reference to the boycott everyone should do what they feel is correct. For my family and me we simply can’t walk away until this draconian law is no longer on the books.”

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