Everyone from the U.N. Secretary General to Sharon Osbourne is reeling after Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei greenlit Sharia law in his country, which means gays can soon be stoned to death and women can be publicly flogged. The sultan is a part-time hotel magnate and owns the luxury Dorcester Collection, which runs 10 of the most opulent hotels in the world. Ellen DeGeneres has already tweeted she will not step foot inside the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Hotel Bel-Air, both Dorcester properties, until this is resolved (as in sell them, sultan). Gay and feminist groups have already pulled out of events at the BH Hotel, while Sharon Osbourne and British actor-writer Stephen Fry have said they will not patronize the sultan's businesses. A protest is planned for May 5 at noon outside the BH Hotel. Here is a list of the 10 Dorcester properties, which are trying desperately to separate themselves from their tyrannical owner (a spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter, "The Dorchester Collection continues to abide by the laws of the countries we operate in and does not tolerate any form of discrimination of any kind. … The laws that exist in other countries outside of where the Dorchester Collection operates do not affect the policies that govern how we run our hotels."). Mmmkay.
Possibly the Dorchester's most famous property, the "Pink Palace" was instrumental in the establishment of Beverly Hills a century ago and continues to play an outsize role in Hollywood wheeling and dealing, especially at its restaurant, the Polo Lounge. Don't expect to see Ellen there, though.