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Gus Kenworthy, Caitlyn Jenner Party With Prince Of Brunei, Where Being Gay Is Punishable By Death

Gus deleted a picture from the event after commenters pointed out the country's violent anti-gay policies.

Olympic freeskier Gus Kenworthy and his boyfriend Matthew Wilkas hung out with Caitlyn Jenner at a birthday party in London over the weekend, and a selfie the trio posted on Instagram is causing a stir among LGBT activists.

According to blogger Kenneth Walsh, the party was for the “queeny” son of the Sultan of Brunei, a tiny Asian country that observes Sharia Law and punishes homosexuality with death.

Gus Kenworthy posted a photo from the son of the Sultan of Brunei's birthday party in London but quickly deleted it when he realized celebrating a member of a family that is looking to make being gay punishable by stoning isn't something an Instagram filter can make look pretty. (One of my readers retrieved it, above.) I don't have a clue what Prince Azim is going through — by all accounts he's gay (he has a charity handbag line!) — but so far he seems to live the life of a socialite who can pay to have his pick of celebrities fly in for his birthday and not worry about his safety. While enabling this "wealth can shield me from what my government is doing to my LGBT comrades" mentality is par for the course for Caitlyn Jenner, I'd hoped for more from Gus and his actor boyfriend. Have you guys not at least heard about the boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel? UPDATE: Gus reached out and after some thoughtful messages back and forth, he expressed regret about what happened. Unlike the Sultan of Brunei, I don't think anyone is looking to stone any gays here. Gus is new to this, so can be forgiven for occasionally stepping in mud. But what I admire is that unlike Caitlyn, he shows a willingness to have a conversation and learn new information, which puts him ahead of about 45% of Americans. Onward, LGBT comrades.

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Kenworthy posted a picture from the event but quickly deleted it, Walsh wrote, probably because “celebrating a member of a family that is looking to make being gay punishable by death isn’t something an Instagram filter can make look pretty.”

He added: “Enabling this ’wealth can shield me from what my government is doing to my LGBT comrades’ mentality is par for the course for Caitlyn Jenner, but I’d hoped for more from Gus and his actor boyfriend.”

In 2014, Hollywood A-listers joined a very public boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel after it was revealed that the Sultan of Brunei was the owner.

Matthew Tharrett is a writer, filmmaker, and above all else, a Britney fan. He once shared a milkshake with Selena Gomez.
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