Russell Crowe Against Boycott Of Hotels Owned By Anti-Gay Sultan Of Brunei

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Stars like Ellen DeGeneres, Jay Leno and Sharon Osbourne—even Kim Kardashian—are boycotting the Beverly Hills Hotel  because it’s owned by the Sultan of Brunei, who has called for homosexuals in his country to be stoned to death.

But Oscar winner Russell Crowe says no dice to the ban, claiming it just hurts hotel employees.

Today the Noah star tweeted that he opposed  a boycott of the Dorchester Collection hotels—which include the Beverly Hills Hotel in L.A. and Coworth Park in London—because “it only hurts the hard-working staff who I consider friends.”

Dissension: Russell Crowe said he did not agree with the hotel boycott

We’re not so sure any hotel staffer would call Crowe a friend, considering he was once charged with second-degree assault for throwing a telephone at a concierge for not being able to place a call.

While Crowe’s anti-boycott tweet got favorited 274 times, it also garnered criticism: “Maybe you should watch Gladiator again for a refresher in what it truly means to persecute innocent people,” tweeted one commenter. When another said they were “disappointed” in Crowe, the actor called him “a pathetic bully.”

Later in the day, Crowe retweeted an HRC announcement about Pennsylvania’s marriage-equality ban being overturned, adding “Sending me abuse will not stop my support of Gay , Lesbian, Bi and Trans Gender rights. The laws that Brunei are adopting are hideous.”

Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah has praised his nation’s laws as a “great achievement.”

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.