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Kim Kardashian retreats on Beverly Hills Hotel boycott

A celebrity gossip junky, Caroline Goddard has been writing entertainment news for longer than the world has known Kim Kardashian's name. Follow her on Twitter at @GoddardCaroline.

Don't punish the workers

Kim Kardashian says the only people being punished by the boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel are the employees — not the man who makes the money.

Celebs are boycotting the Beverly Hills Hotel in droves because of its owner's awful ideals, but Kim Kardashian will no longer be one of them.

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The famed hotel, the site of Whitney Houston's death, is owned by the Sultan of Brunei — a man who introduced sharia law to the Southeast Asian state calling for homosexuals to be stoned to death. The reality star explained on her blog today that, while a boycott might sound like an effective way to punish one of the world's richest men, she believes the only people it really hurts are the people who work there — many of whom are barely scraping by as it is.

"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.

"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," Kardashian explained, adding that she moved her baby shower from the hotel after hearing of the political issues. "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.

"I support Rose McGowan and Russell Crowe's takes on this matter," Kardashian continued. "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. I'm glad to hear that industry executives like Jeffrey Katzenberg and Casey Wasserman are reaching out to leaders of the hotel chain to discuss a way to potentially end the protest. I hope we can come together and stand up for our beliefs while still making sure good people aren't wrongfully hurt in the process. 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."

Tell us: Should employees be punished for the Sultan of Brunei's policies?

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