Russell Crowe Beverly Hills Hotel
Here's a link to some back story about what's been happening at the storied Beverly Hills Hotel with regard to the Brunei owners of the hotel and the way gays are being treated so viciously in Brunei. There's been a boycott of the hotel that has received a great deal of support from the LGBTI community and many celebrities, globally. Now Russell Crowe, who has played gayface, is voicing his opinion, and he's NOT supporting the boycott in spite of what's happening to women and LGBTI people in Brunei. It should be clear that this is not just about gays. It's also about the way women are being treated there.
This is what the privileged actor Russell Crowe said:
The Gladiator star said he did not agree with a boycott as it hurts the staff he considers his ‘friends’.
Tweeting his support, he said: 'I don't agree with the boycotting of Dorchester Collection hotels. It only hurts the hard working staff who I consider friends.'
The owners of the hotel have stated they don't discriminate against gays or women in this country, or at The Beverly Hills Hotel. They just discriminate against them in their own country through Sharia Law. It's called convoluted logic, which I doubt Crowe is capable of fully understanding...or maybe I'm painfully wrong about that.
Here's a sample of how someone replied to Crowe's tweet:
‘Maybe you should watch Gladiator again for a refresher in what it truly means to persecute innocent people,’ Scott Holleran told Crowe
I don't think anyone wants to see the people who work at the hotel hurt financially or emotionally. But I would find it very hard to support anyone or anything that is even remotely associated with what's happening in Brunei right now...or anyone even remotely associated with Sharia Law.
I also think Russell Crowe is a dick. He gained a good deal of his money, fame, and privilege sucking up to Hollywood as a straight man playing gayface when no one even knew his name. And he worked that angle right down to the last smile and wiggle of his now tired middle aged ass.
First Lady Belize
In the country of Belize, gay sex is punishable by up to ten years in prison and the First Lady of Belize is calling for a stop to gay hate and anti-gay violence. These are her eloquent words:
‘The universal declaration of human rights gives us all the right to life, liberty and security of person. It speaks of a world that is free and equal,’ she said.
‘And yet, LGBT persons continue to be subjected to terrible violence. They are deprived of their most basic rights, most importantly, the right to security of person because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.
‘Hate crimes and hate speech against the LGBT community continue to rear its ugly head. And we have seen cases in Belize where they have been physically attacked or subjected to insults without provocation.
‘I continue to assert that violence is never justified despite our differences. Just as we fight to end racism and gender inequalities we must also seek to end the practice of bullying others because they are different.
‘No-one deserves to the inhumane treatment that many LGBT person suffer.
They are often in fear, not only for their physical safety, but for their lives and that is no way to live.’
Now that's a first lady a country can be proud of. It's actually refreshing. You can read more here.
Johnny Weir's Fit of Rage
I almost hate to put this into the same post with something as important as what's happening in Brunei, and with a woman as dignified and smart as the First Lady of Belize. But good old Johnny Weir is at it again with his husband, Victor Voronov, and this time Weir allegedly went batshit douchecanoe over a twitter photo.
I've posted about the ups and downs of their marriage here, and about them getting back together recently. Unfortunately, the happily ever after ending didn't last long, which lead Voronov to call the police.
Voronov told the TV show the fight began over a selfie he had posted online.
Oh, those dangerous selfies.
'It's just a picture of me at the gym, nothing inappropriate about it. But then, I get comments that say things like, "Love your arms. Hot! You're so handsome, you don't need him."'
Nothing anyone mature enough would get upset about.
This is allegedly set Weir off.
And fire is hot.
'I have been terrified of him probably four or five times in our marriage, and this one was probably the most terrified I've been,' said Voronov who married Weir in December 2011.
I would have gotten a fly swatter.
Voronov said the fight escalated when he said he was calling the police: 'He would not leave me alone. So I had my phone; I was trying to call the police. So he attacked me to get the phone out of my hand.'
I repeat. A fly swatter.
You can read more here.
Actually, I've had issues with woodpeckers around my home and I don't want to harm them because they are so beautiful. But they also tend to be pests that can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage. I recently discovered that a photo of Johnny Weir hung closely to where the woodpeckers are beginning a new hole is the perfect bird frightener.