Bill Maher is coming after George Clooney.
Clooney has recently called for a boycott on hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei as the country believes gay people should be stoned to death, a cause “Real Time” host Maher says “really bothered” him.
In an essay for Deadline, Clooney urged people not to give their business to the nine luxury hotels.
“Every single time we stay at or take meetings at or dine at any of these nine hotels we are putting money directly into the pockets of men who choose to stone and whip to death their own citizens for being gay or accused of adultery,” the “Ocean’s 11” star wrote.
“It’s chickens**t tokenism,” Maher said during a panel discussion. “What about Saudi Arabia? If you really want to get back to them, stop driving, don’t use oil.”
CNN host, S.E Cupp, called the boycott “hypocritical” as Hollywood does “a ton of business” with the United Arab Emirates whose laws have also been scrutinized.
Maher added, “It’s Sharia Law, which is some version of the law in most Muslim-majority countries. And if you want to be against that, you know, speak openly and honestly about standing up for liberal principles.”
He continued to say that Clooney’s “virtue signalling” won’t make a change. “This idea that the Sultan of Brunei is going over the receipts from the Polo Lounge. ‘Oh no, we only sold two soups today,'” he added.
Another boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel (one of the nine hotels owned by the Sultan) happened around five years ago when the Sultan decided to implement a merciless interpretation of Sharia Law. Ellen DeGeneres, Elton John, Richard Branson, Jay Leno and Sharon Osbourne all denounced the hotel chain at the time.
Clooney admits that he has stayed at many of the hotels, but he said it was only “because I hadn’t done my homework and didn’t know who owned them.”
“They’re nice hotels. The people who work there are kind and helpful and have no part in the ownership of these properties.”