The fifth year of the event was hosted by Linda Perry and raised over $600,000.
Natasha Bedingfield, Margaret Cho, Sarah Gilbert, Sia, and Michelle Rodriguez were among those in attendance. Evan Rachel Wood, Rumer Willis and Milla Jovovich all performed, as did Perry’s former band 4 Non Blondes who haven’t played together in more than 20 years.
The Center’s CEO Lorri L. Jean took time to address the crowd about the Sultan of Brunei.
Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah owns both the Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles. Bolkiah is the prime minister of the East Asian country Brunei which recently passed laws including being stoned to death for homosexual acts. Recently, many have jumped on the bandwagon to boycott his hotels.
Jean told the crowd Bolkiah is “a monster” and asked the guests to use other hotels outside of his Dorchester Group-owned hotels because “all of civilized society should reject this man.”
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Beverly Hills Hotel’s Polo Lounge, which is always filled with movie stars, is now a “ghost town.”
Generally during the week the lounge is packed at lunch, and it was ranked number 2 on the Hollywood Reporter’s 2014 Power Lunch survey. Instead of notable actors and actresses dining, just one recognizable actor, Slumdog Millionaire’s Dev Patel, was dining because he was unaware of the boycott. Once informed, he said he “has no intention of going back there.”
As of Saturday, Mark Fabiani, previously a special counsel to President Bill Clinton and Lance Armstrong during his doping scandal, was hired as a consultant for the Beverly Hills Hotel.