Gus Kenworthy posted a photo on Instagram over the weekend that he clearly wishes he hadn’t.
The Olympian was in London at a birthday party for the Prince Azim of Brunei and posed for a shot with his actor boyfriend Matthew Wilkas with another party guest: Caitlyn Jenner.
The party’s honoree is from a country that observes Sharia Law and punishes homosexuality with death.
The prince’s father, the Sultan of Brunei, owns the Beverly Hills Hotel which has been the target of a widely-publicized boycott for the past two years because of the anti-gay laws.
Writes Walsh: ‘I don’t have a clue what Prince Azim is going through – by all accounts he’s gay (he has a charity handbag line!) – but so far he seems to live the life of a socialite who can pay to have his pick of celebrities fly in for his birthday and not worry about his safety.
‘While enabling this “wealth can shield me from what my government is doing to my LGBT comrades” mentality is par for the course for Caitlyn Jenner, I’d hoped for more from Gus and his actor boyfriend. Have you guys not at least heard about the boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel?’
Walsh later updated his post after Kenworthy reached out to him and they had ‘some thoughtful messages back and forth.’
‘He expressed regret about what happened,’ Walsh writes. ‘Unlike the Sultan of Brunei, I don’t think anyone is looking to stone any gays here. Gus is new to this, so can be forgiven for occasionally stepping in mud.
‘But what I admire is that unlike Caitlyn, he shows a willingness to have a conversation and learn new information, which puts him ahead of about 45% of Americans. Onward, LGBT comrades.’
Jenner has not commented.
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