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Russell Crowe Opposes Beverly Hills Hotel Boycott, Says It’s Hurting His “Friends”

Les Miserables - World PremiereOscar-winning actor Russell Crowe has publicly come out against a boycott of the Dorchester Collection hotels, which are currently being boycotted by celebrities such as Ellen Degeneres, Richard Branson, Kim Kardashian and Jay Leno, and brands such as Virgin and ABC.

Notable celebs began backing the boycott with fervor and cautioning people against staying at the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel after the chain’s owner, the Sultan of Brunei, introduced Sharia Penal Code in Brunei, which supports the stoning of convicted homosexuals to death.

“No @Virgin employee, nor our family, will stay at Dorchester Hotels until the Sultan abides by basic human rights,” Virgin founder and staunch LGBT ally Richard Branson tweeted this month.

But that’s not how you protest antigay legislation in Brunei, according to Russell Crowe. Boycotting a hotel in Hollywood will only hurt his hard-working “friends.”

The 50-year-old actor spilled his truth tea on Twitter Monday:

We saw how little an organized boycott would influence foreign policy during the Winter Olympics earlier this year, but there are countless other instances where protesting private businesses can lead to real change.

In the case of the Beverly Hills Hotel, does Russell Crowe have a point?