Will the Sultan of Brunei Stone his Gay Son to Death?

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Hollywood celebrities are protesting Brunei’s adoption of Sharia Islamic law because it could mean gay men being stoned to death. Not to mention women. Also everyone from Christians to anyone who drinks a glass of beer could face cruel medieval punishments.

Brunei’s ruling family, like those of most oil-rich nations, has been notorious for its party lifestyle. A member of the Sultan’s harem has described violating his Sharia law together with the Sultan.

And yet it is the privilege of the prince and the sultan to misbehave. The picaresque escapades and legendary extravagances of the brothers are indulged with a collective wink. For everyone else residing within Brunei’s borders, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, freedoms are curtailed, and those limitations now are potentially enforced by brutal violence.

The Sultan’s sons have their own party circuit and the princes have squandered enormous amounts of money... often violating Islamic law.

The sultan’s biggest extravagance turned out to be his love for his youngest brother, Jefri, his constant companion in hedonism. They raced their Ferraris through the streets of Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital, at midnight, sailed the oceans on their fleet of yachts (Jefri named one of his Tits, its tenders Nipple 1 and Nipple 2)

When they partied, they indulged in just about everything forbidden in a Muslim country. Afforded four wives by Islamic law, they left their multiple spouses and scores of children in their palaces while they allegedly sent emissaries to comb the globe for the sexiest women they could find in order to create a harem the likes of which the world had never known.

In court, the Manoukians described Jefri’s “sex parties” at home and abroad. (The manifest on his 747 usually comprised mostly young women.) Their attorney called him a man of “unlimited tastes,” a “one-man walking market,” who bought practically everything he saw, including a rug woven with jewels in threads of solid gold ($7 million), 10 jewel-encrusted wristwatches that depicted on the hour a couple copulating ($8 million), and similarly erotic fountain pens ($1.3 million). In London alone, the Manoukians charged, he kept 40 prostitutes at the Dorchester hotel

And then there are the statues.

The brother of the Sultan of Brunei is attempting to stop photographs of life-size “erotic statues”, which depict him making love, from being disclosed in a court case in New York.

Even by the generous leeway afforded to Muslim men by Islamic law… this is a bit much.

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Prince Azim, a favorite of the Sultan, has also spent gobs of money to invite pop stars to his birthday party, and he has spent plenty of time partying in the West.

The parties have been accompanied by persistent rumors that he is gay.

A source said, “Prince Azim wants his bash to be more glamorous than the Oscars. He’s adamant it should be talked about for years to come.”

Right.

Rubbing shoulders were Hollywood actresses such as Sophia Loren, Faye Dunaway, Ursula Andress and Joan Collins. Other guests included Jerry Hall, the model, and singers Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson.

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There’s no way to know what Azim’s preferences are, but there are a lot fewer brothel rumors about him and a lot more other rumors.

Aaron Paul Sturtevant may have revealed the “long weekend” he says he spent “getting drunk” with Michael Jackson and Prince Azim Of Brunei, “before he was famous” — but the actor admits there’s a lot more to the story than he’s telling.

“I was going into the hotel room and one of the Prince’s friends says.. ‘Hey, the Prince wants to talk to you.’ I go, ‘Okay.’ So I go down to this giant library and the Prince is inside the library with Michael Jackson. It was just Michael, the Prince and I talking for about an hour.”

“He said, ‘Oh my God. You played Floyd in Whatever It Takes,” Aaron relayed, referring to one of his first movies. “He [Prince Azim] too a liking to me.”

“He [Prince Azim Of Brunei] invited me out to his younger brother’s Sweet 16 birthday in Brunei. I was like, ‘Sure, I’ll go. Can I bring a couple of friends?’ And he’s like, ‘Yeah, bring whoever you want.’ So I brought a couple of buddies and we were hanging out in Brunei for about a month. And then he said, ‘You gotta stay at the Palace’… his Palace. He has his own zoo. The one night that I stayed there he insisted that I sleep in his bed… not with him… I didn’t sleep in the bed with him. But it is a giant thrown.. and so I slept on it… and all of his friends slept on little pads all around around the bed. And he insisted on watching, ‘What Ever It Takes’ — this movie that I did that he loved me in. I love him to death.”

 

And the Prince is still single.

It was at Prince Azim of Brunei’s birthday party in the middle of the English countryside. He’s a fan of Glee.

Though he does like the “finer” things in life.

Prince Azim of Brunei, 25, fiddles with an enormous turqoise cocktail ring (real, but he’s not sure exactly what stone it is).

“Mahiki!” he squeals in his high-pitched, MTV voice. “I think I’m addicted. It’s all the cheesy music they play.”

Fashion is another passion for the prince. In Versace jeans, a yellow T-shirt and a black waistcoat he designed himself – “only for myself, not a range” – his own taste is distinctive. “I like designers who are different: Galliano, Versace,” he says. “I don’t like following the trend. I do go shopping, but not all the time.”

As for his own romantic life, “I’m one of those unlucky-in-love people,” says Azim, who lays claim to two past girlfriends.

For all his cartoonish behaviour, he is a rather lovable character, a sensitive soul who cries at films such as In Her Shoes.

In fact, the reason for our extraordinary invitation to Azim’s mansion is none other than a weekend bag he has designed for charity for the luggage giant MCM, which is relaunching in the UK next month. “It’s called the Prince Collection,” he coos.

Azim fills his time with charity work, such as Fashion for Relief, organised by Naomi Campbell, which raised money for the Rotary Flood Disaster Appeal and which he supported by – what else? – appearing in a catwalk show. “[My first thought was] I’m too short,” he squeals. “Need I wear heels?”

I could go on, but what would be the point. Whatever Azim’s sexual preference is, does anyone believe that Islamic law would apply to him any more than it did to his uncle?

It’s not just that Islamic law is evil, but that it doesn’t apply to the elites who stone, whip and beat their people, but spend all their time partying.

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  • DogmaelJones1

    Daniel: This is the first time you’ve “creeped me out.” What a disgusting bunch of useless slime.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Can’t say I liked digging through it, but this is also commonplace among the oil royals.

      The ones in the Middle East tend to be even worse.

      • DogmaelJones1

        Quite against my will, I can imagine how it’s worse in the Middle East.

        • laura r

          they spend like its no ones business. the prince is the wealtiest man in the world. donald trump is small potatoes.

    • laura r

      i rather see this than the ignorants screaming in the streets.

    • Drakken

      You haven’t seen what I have seen in the ME and N Africa, makes these guys look tame by comparison.

  • Mick

    The sultan’s son is gay? Maybe it is because everything was too easy for him. As soon as he had a little fuzz he was able to do what he wanted to the nanny or other help. Where to go from there?

    The sultan should have done something challenging like build a space port 20 years ago or more. Look where Brunei is. It is not far from Singapore which is a smidge north of the equator. Every little bit of rotational spin helps.

    He also could have set himself the goal of 100 % literacy for the population and turn Brunei into a knowledge economy. That would last after the oil runs out.
    Large goals like that would have kept him centered.

    • Zootalaws

      Brunei has pretty close to 100% literacy – those last few percent being those that don’t engage.

      Maybe if you knew something about it before making pronouncements like that, you would look less… uneducated.

  • Mick

    Those pictures are real?

    I bet the Sultan’s son does not have a gay gene. I blame a sybaritic lifestyle.

    Now the gay apologists can argue he has whatever brain region the same size and shape as a woman’s. But the counterargument which came first, That brain anomaly of the lifestyle? Correlation is not causation.

    • Mick

      I did not find those pictures with a web search with the terms
      +Prince +Azim +gay
      Using the wrong search terms or something.

      • BeautifulAmerica

        Photoshop, and a good job!. They perfectly express the corruption.

  • darnellecheri

    “The purveyor of luxury luggage, MCM has created an extensive line of colourful and stylish arm candy for every occasion this summer. That aside, we’re even more intrigued by the forthcoming collaboration with Prince Azim, who has designed a unisex suitcase for MCM. Set to hit stores in September, this chic travel bag is destined to bring out the princess within.” (from Express, UK, 2008)

    What exactly is a unisex suitcase? I thought a suitcase was a suitcase was a suitcase?

  • liz

    He’s the model of a modern major Muslim man! As in major hypocrites.

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  • laura r

    didnt you know, the rich are westernized. $ has no religion.

    • Rick

      Religion should be for mores, self improvement, salvation and that sort of thing.

      It should be a device to keep people down or in-line.

    • theonewhoknows

      $$ has existed before the modern rise of western culture, think back a bit further hun.

      • laura r

        the rich do what they please got that??

  • laura r

    so what hes gay, likes fashion, shops what ever. surprised? no he’s not in a mosque. thats for taxi drivers.

    • Kip Keino

      To you and me it doesn’t matter if he’s gay and/or a spoiled snot nosed brat. The reason it matters in the news, is his dad is forcing the sheeple of his tiny principality to adhere to archaic and cruel Sharia law. Obviously, no one in the Sultan’s family will get more than a reprimand, but anyone else, including tourists and non-Muslims, are liable to get stoned by rocks, or limbs amputated.

      • laura r

        thats is the way of the world. it may not be fair, but its historic. i saw wealthy muslims in boston (college age) drinking shopping & they had private clubs. nothing new here. its like that w/all nationalities.

      • Bruneian

        obviously you not understand about Shariah law…the prince didn’t do anything really..

  • Natalie

    Come to Indonesia and see how the elite of the political parties that carry the so-called Islamic values on their head live sanely wealthy while the grassroots living a low-cost life, even in poverty. And yes, the grassroots take it for granted. :(

    • Natalie

      *sanely had to be insanely…sorry

    • Gorga Naibaho

      Very true. The media is also not inquisitive enough – probably fearing for their own well being. Strangely enough, a few Chinese Indonesians have begun being bolder and bolder in their denouncement of current Indonesian politics. A good example would be the Vice Governor of our capital.

    • Zootalaws

      Same in Malaysia, Philippines. It seems to be a particularly ‘Malay’ thing.

  • notme123

    Sounds like our own politicians and how they feel about the taxpayers who support them. One set of rules for them and another for us.

  • Kip Keino

    The Sultan and his ilk are to religion what tuna are to slalom skiing. The whole lot of ‘em are rotten with riches.

  • Fran B.

    Gays are taking over the world! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhBKvsFtPg4

  • Shay

    I found that this articles are written with many exaggeration phrases and wordings. Good journalism or news do not throw accuses to any parties related. We should know that Islamic Law doesn’t look at your society status or rank to be applied. If it is wrong, than it is WRONG. Nobody will be excluded. Lets not just do gossips and assume on someone’s status. Tell news and provide the righteous info to people. Well Islamic Law is actually said to be preventing medieval act. Lets see how people really think.. do they only throw accuses or do they have any knowledge in everything they said? It is good though, to have so many version of expressions on this issues, but to learn the issue the right way is important too. May this will be a lesson learned to us. I believe readers nowadays are more intellectual in accepting and receiving ones opinion. And remember, not everybody is perfect, blame the person itself and not their religion. Unless you truly have knowledge or know what the religion is about. Peace.

  • darnah

    And yet indians, bangladeshis, pakistanis, filipinos and a lot more of they consider minorities in the middle east receive 1500 to 2000 a month of their money having no day off and working 12 hrs a week. Dont go in the middle east!

    • me

      learn your geography!

  • Anonymoosey

    Sure, the powerful can get away with anything in Brunei — but this is a really crappy article filled with logical fallacies. Not only is the headline a lie (since you yourself claim to not actually know the Prince’s sexuality), but also (and more importantly), you cannot equate not fulfilling gender stereotypes to being homosexual.

    • BeautifulAmerica

      Haw. haw. haw! What a load of BS. The article was great!

      • shadow

        how? pls explain how using strawman fallacies are ‘great’

  • Danial

    I can say something is wrong here. That Hudud does apply to the “elite” unlike whats written here.

  • Sammy

    Why do Americans and the WEst always want to impose their beliefs on other countries. Human rights is one thing, but they only will be arrested if they display a lewd act in public and this goes for straight couples too!! Everyone has a choice. you know the rules. Abide by them or leave for America the land of loose morals and no shame!

    • Gorga Naibaho

      As opposed to a certain religion that demands they have a separate set of laws, and when they are the majority, they expect everyone to not eat in front of them during a certain time of the year? It is the left wing aspect of the West that does the things you mentioned.

  • kama

    It is obvious that the writer do not understand what Islamic law is.

    • Gorga Naibaho

      So, would you care to elaborate on his mistakes?

  • Bruneian

    “Also everyone from Christians to anyone who drinks a glass of beer could face cruel medieval punishments.” Hmmm, very misleading comment. Not entirely true.

    • Bruneian

      “It’s not just that Islamic law is evil…”

      Please do a bit more reading Mr Greenfield. Even a little google and wiki is enough.

  • ugh

    I live in Brunei and truth be told, the syariah law doesn’t affect the royal family at all. The total family and VIPs are always the exception

    • ugh

      The royal family*

    • me

      I am a Muslim and like you i also live in Brunei. Clearly you do not know anything about syariah law

  • The truth

    its nice to see people outside of brunei raising up various awareness when people here are brainwashed

    • me

      Brainwashed, how?
      you people just wont accept the fact that the syariah law is for our own good

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  • BeautifulAmerica

    Hey, Daniel—You did a great job on this article. Well written, researched, and entertainingly photoshopped.
    Keep up the investigation.

  • peace

    stop saying bad things about the syariah law in brunei. even your own country does have a law, but did bruneian attend to say something bad about it? brunei just want to be peace, so does like your country. about the rumors that the prince is gay, just dont spread a rumors thats not sure its really happened or not.. ask yourself, you want to be good or not? you talk bad things about people, but ask yourself are you good enough? im apologize if i have any mistakes on saying it, no hard feeling.

  • Zootalaws

    This is someone’s fantasy. I am a non-Muslim living in Brunei – it’s a small place, people talk. The ‘revelations’ by Sturtevant are complete crap. His description of a ‘sweet 16′ party alone are enough to trigger alarm bells – this isn’t America, a sixteenth birthday isn’t any special event – it is a conservative Muslim culture… kids are treated like kids and they are pretty naive here.

    Apart from the Sultan’s birthday, which is a national event as is the Queen’s Birthday in Commonwealth countries, birthdays aren’t big deals in Islam.

    This whole article smacks of so much bullsh*t. There are many criticisms you can level at Brunei, but this is like some staff writer for Hello Magazine’s fever dream.