It’s John Legend’s party and he’ll skip it if he wants to… and it looks like he wants to.
The “All of Me” singer is snubbing the Beverly Hills Hotel — and backing out of attending a party being thrown there in his honor — all because the owner has some pretty controversial views.
“John Legend will not be attending the L.A. Confidential party at the Beverly Hills Hotel in light of the horrific anti-women and anti-LGBT policies approved by the hotel’s owner, the Sultan of Brunei,” Legend’s rep told the Hollywood Reporter in a statement. “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.”
Good for Legend for standing up for what he believes in on this one, which is a huge nod of support for women and the LGBT community.
The party is for Los Angeles Confidential magazine, which featured Legend in its December/January issue. According to reps from the publication, choosing the Beverly Hills Hotel for the bash had nothing to do with the owner’s views.
“Los Angeles Confidential magazine is an avid supporter of equal rights for all people,” publisher, Alison Miller, said in a statement. “Our decision to hold our event at the hotel in no way suggests that we support any anti-human rights policies. 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.”
And Legend isn’t the first celeb to speak out against the Sultan’s beliefs and boycott his hotel. According to E! News, Kim Kardashian moved her baby shower to a different venue after she found out about the Sultan’s treatment of women, and Jay Leno, Sharon Osbourne and Ellen DeGeneres have also actively boycotted the hotel.