Jay Leno stepped out at Will Rogers Park in Los Angeles Monday (May 5) to join a protest against the brutal Islamic code being imposed by Beverly Hills Hotel owner, the Sultan of Brunei.
The sultan, who owns the Beverly Hills landmark, Hotel Bel Air and others, has recently started to enforce draconian new laws, including calling for people to be stoned to death for committing adultery or being in a same sex relationship.
The former “Tonight Show” host wasn’t shy making his voice heard against the new code, standing united with more than four dozen protesters saying, “What year is this? 1814? Come on people, it’s 2014!”
Leno was joined at the protest by wife Mavis and several members of the Feminist Majority Foundation — Mavis Leno is on the board of the foundation — and other labor activist groups.
This celebrity presence isn’t Hollywood’s first resistance with the sultan.The Motion Picture & Television Fund has announced it will not hold its “Night before the Oscars” party at the once popular hotel this year. This is a huge hit for the establishment considering it is one of the most star-filled charity events of the year. In addition, upcoming events by the Feminist Majority Foundation and Human Rights Campaign have all been pulled from the hotel’s calendar.
Other notable names such as Ellen DeGeneres, Sharon Osbourne and Virgin CEO Richard Branson have taken to their Twitter pages to voice their disapproval of the Brunei laws as well as boycott any involvement with any hotels affiliated.
Perhaps Leno said it best when he compared the unlawful actions to another radical recent happening saying at the protest “Let’s put it in perspective; the people in the Beverly Hills Hotel are the Clippers. The sultan is Sterling.”