Entertainer Jay Leno joined leaders of L.A.’s LGBT communities and numerous activists and concerned citizens outside the city’s famed Beverly Hills Hotel today for an organized rally to protest the Hassanal Bolkiah, the 67-year-old Sultan of Brunei. Demonstrators are protesting the Sultan, who owns both the hotel affectionately known as the Pink Palace and the Bel Air Hotel, for his country’s savage penal code which calls for the amputation and stoning of people for various offenses including homosexual acts, adultery, sodomy and extramarital sexual relations.
“What year is this? 1814? Come on people, it’s 2014,” Leno, a longtime ally to the LGBT communities, said at the rally. “Evil flourishes when good people do nothing, and that is pretty much what this is.”
Lorrie Jean, CEO of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, roused the crowd by further blasting the 67-year-old dictator.
“His policies of murdering and torturing gay and lesbian people and women have no place in a civilized society,” she said. “We need to keep attention on his barbaric policies and we call for all of civilized society to shun him. No decent person, or government or business should have anything to do with a man who promotes murder and torture.” She encouraged everyone to stop doing business with the Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel Air and all properties owned by the Sultan immediately.
Watch Jean deliver her speech below.