#BRUNEI STONING LAW CALLS FOR WORLDWIDE BOYCOTT
On April 3, the southeast Asian kingdom of Brunei issued new laws whereby homosexuality became punishable with death by stoning, among many additional punitive actions such as theft being sanctioned through limb amputation and sodomy, adultery, and rape through the death penalty. The decision sparked outrage on Twitter, as many celebrities including George Clooney, Elton John and Ellen Degeneres called for a general boycott of Brunei-owned enterprises, which culminated into a viral campaign to boycott nine hotels owned by Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. The campaign gained so much traction that eight of the hotels were prompted to delete their Twitter profiles. While homosexuality has been illegal in Brunei since 1984, the country adopted a strict Islamic law code in 2014 that has now seems to have taken full effect. Besides celebrities, many brands have joined the boycott: Virgin Australia cancelled its deal with Royal Brunei airline, while organizers of the UK'S TV Choice Awards, which were due to be held at Brunei-owned hotel The Dorchester tweeted that they will soon announce a new venue.