By James Hirsen
The entertainment community recently placed on the blacklist one of the previously topnotch places to stage the most lavish of Hollywood events. The luxurious Beverly Hills Hotel has played an integral role throughout the history of the entertainment business, catering to legendary figures from the Golden Age of cinema including John Wayne, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, and myriad of other major celebrities.
This is no longer the case. The hotel is actually currently owned by a business entity that is under the control of the Sultan of Brunei, the ruler of a small Southeast Asian country who recently decreed into law a new penal code, which mandates that lesbians, gay men, adulterers, and blasphemers be stoned to death.
The news sparked a Hollywood awakening, which has led to protests outside the famed hotel. Former "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno surprised many observers when he personally participated in a demonstration. "We hope maybe to draw attention to this and people go, OK, maybe I won't hold my event there until they change this. I mean we have the economic pressure to apply," Leno said. [more...]