Grammy-winning singer John Legend has decided to turn his back on a magazine’s party in his honor this week because of a hotel owner’s views toward same-sex couples.
According to Legend’s camp, his appearance at Los Angeles Confidential’s honorary launch party at the Beverly Hills Hotel is canned.
Legend’s rep Amanda Silverman told THR that her client is no longer going. “John Legend will not be attending the L.A. Confidential party at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Thursday, February 5th in light of the horrific anti-women and anti-LGBT policies approved by the hotel’s owner, the Sultan of Brunei. These policies, which among other things could permit women and LGBT Bruneians to be stoned to death, are heinous and certainly don’t represent John’s values or the spirit of the event. John does not, in any way, wish to further enrich the Sultan while he continues to enforce these brutal laws.” (The Hollywood Reporter)
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Los Angeles Confidential publisher Alison Miller has since responded and said the event would go on as planned.
“Los Angeles Confidential will move forward with our annual Awards’ Issue celebration at the Beverly Hills Hotel. We respect Mr. Legend’s decision not to attend the event, and believe that each individual, company and organization must make their own decision as to how they communicate their positions on political views, social and civil rights.” (The Hollywood Reporter)
Legend is one of many notable celebrities to have backed out of events originally planned to take place at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Legend certainly isn’t the first celebrity to show their disapproval of the hotel owner’s stance against the LGBT community. Kim Kardashian‘s baby shower was moved to another venue after her family learned of the owner’s viewpoints. Jay Leno, Sharon Osbourne, Richard Branson and Ellen DeGeneres have also joined a boycott against the hotel. (E! Online)