Elton has joined George Clooney in calling for a boycott of nine Brunei-owned hotels over the sultanate's new death-penalty laws for gay sex and adultery.
The call came as a growing list of politicians and celebrities added their names to those condemning the new laws and supporting a boycott.
On Twitter, the vocalist wrote that he commends Clooney for ''taking a stand against the anti-gay discrimination and bigotry taking place in the nation of Brunei - a place where gay people are brutalised, or worse - by boycotting the Sultan's hotels."
The 72-year-old said his "heart went out" to staff at the hotels, but that "we must send a message, however we can, that such treatment is unacceptable."
The nine hotels cited by Clooney are located in Britain, France, Italy and the United States. They include London's exclusive Dorchester and the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles.