Kim Kardashian has some deep thoughts, ya'll! The Keeping up with the Kardashians star shared that she's going stop boycotting the Beverly Hills Hotel and her friend Allison gets all the credit for helping to open her eyes to the plight of peasants.
Kim writes, "My best friend Allison and I wanted to take our babies out to lunch a few days ago after our baby class but there were so many paparazzi swarming us, it would have really scared them. Instead we had to feed them at her place and put them down for a nap. We were planning on taking them to the Beverly Hills Hotel, which is where we always go because they respect not having any paparazzi drive onto their property, but I reminded Allison that my bridal shower was moved from that hotel due to the actions of the Sultan of Brunei. Allison shared with me her view on the situation and we 100% agree that the actions and law enforcements of the Sultan are completely against everything we believe in."
Kim goes on to share that boycotting isn't the best route of action. "I started to realize that maybe boycotting the hotel isn’t the best solution either. For a sultan that has 20 billion dollars, this loss of business doesn’t even make a dent in his fortunes. But the hotel staff are being negatively affected every day with the boycott that has gone on for weeks now… We shouldn’t punish the amazing hard-working people who have been so good to us for years! When I was a little girl, I would ride my bike to the Beverly Hills Hotel on the weekends to eat downstairs in the coffee shop with my dad, and some of the same people still work there! It’s sad to see them suffering from this protest."
Kim wants us to express our outrage in other ways. "There must be other ways to express our views without punishing the workers, some who I know personally have families at home and depend on the city’s business and tips to survive. When I was pregnant, the hotel was my safe haven. There’s one waitress that works downstairs who was also pregnant at the same time as me and due just a few weeks apart. We would always share our pregnancy stories with each other. I know for a fact she has a new baby at home that she has to feed, so this boycott is affecting her tremendously. The hotel is a piece of LA’s history as well as many of our own personal memories."
She ended her post with, "I support Rose McGowan and Russell Crowe’s take on this matter. The unjust treatment and violation of rights of the LGBT community around the world is never justified and I will continue to proudly support the LGBT community in every way imaginable. I do believe though that instead of this boycott, there has to be another solution." And in conclusion, "Boycotting the hotel won’t affect the sultan, just our dear friends who work there. For every warm smile when they greet us and for all the dedication they put in to make our experiences more enjoyable, I hope we can return the same love and compassion to make sure they’re not forgotten during this protest."
The hotel reportedly lost more than $2 million dollars in the first month of the boycott alone.
UPDATED: The Human Rights Campaign reached out to us to clarify a few things about Kim's statements.
The hotel has actually promised to guarantee the jobs, income, gratuities, and benefits of all of its employees following the international backlash against the Sultan’s horrific new laws. Here's a link to where the Dorchester Collection, which runs the hotel, stated so publicly.
This stands in stark contrast to its repeated claims that actions against the Sultan’s hotels will impact the staff. Unless the company has broken the promise it made to its employees, that shouldn't be the case.
The fact is the company’s leadership is talking out of both sides of their mouths, and they’re shamefully using their own employees as human shields to deflect criticism of the Sultan. Profits from the Sultan’s hotels belong to a regime that could start stoning women and LGBT people as soon as next year, and those profits need to stop.
Here's an op-ed on this part of the larger debate from HRC here, which goes into greater detail.
TELL US – DO YOU THINK KIM WROTE THIS ON HER OWN? DO YOU THINK SHE REALLY CARES SO DEEPLY FOR THE EMPLOYEES? OR DOES SHE JUST WANT TO BE ABLE TO BE SEEN AT THE HOTEL?
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