Susan Sarandon Faces Backlash, Dropped by Agency After Anti-Semitic Rant at Pro-Palestinian Rally
The former Thelma and Louise star Susan Sarandon has recently found herself at the center of controversy after making anti-semitic comments at a pro-Palestinian rally in New York City. The incident has led to her being dropped by her Hollywood talent agency, UTA, and has sparked widespread backlash from both Jewish and Muslim communities.
Sarandon’s Anti-Semitic Rant
Sarandon, 77, has been making headlines in recent weeks for her vocal opposition to Israel, culminating in her appearance at an anti-Israel protest in New York’s Union Square and Bryant Park. At the protest, she was seen chanting the anti-semitic slogan “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”
Things took a turn for the worse when Sarandon decided to give a speech at the protest, which many have condemned as being both anti-semitic and ignorant. According to GB News, Sarandon stated, “There are a lot of people that are afraid, that are afraid of being Jewish at this time, and are getting a taste of what it feels like to be a Muslim in this country. It’s important to listen, it’s important to have facts — you don’t have to go through the entire history of that region, you just have to show the babies that are dying in incubators.”
Sarandon Dropped By Hollywood Agency – Backlash Pours In
As a result of her inflammatory comments, UTA, one of Hollywood’s most coveted talent agencies, confirmed that they will no longer be representing Sarandon, who had been with them since 2014. The backlash against Sarandon has been substantial, with many speaking out against her comments.
Aviva Klompas, the former director of speechwriting at the Israeli Mission to the United Nations, took to social media to condemn Sarandon’s remarks, writing, “When Susan Sarandon said that Jews ‘are getting a taste of what it feels like to be a Muslim in this country’ she was saying that American Jews have it coming — that we don’t deserve to live free from harassment and assault.”
Muslim Indian American Schools Sarandon
Sarandon’s comments also sparked outrage among Muslims, as evidenced by a viral post on Twitter by Asra Nomani, a Muslim Indian American. Nomani expressed the freedoms enjoyed by her and her parents in America, directly challenging Sarandon’s remarks about being a Muslim in the country.
Nomani listed out the many freedoms she has experienced as a Muslim in America, including her father’s successful career as a professor and her ability to safely have a baby out of wedlock, something that could have resulted in severe consequences in many Muslim countries.
In response to Sarandon’s comments, Nomani concluded, “In the end, Sarandon has only shown with her latest comments that she’s just another radically liberal elitist that has no concept of how lucky she is to be an American. We’re glad to see that she’s getting backlash for her ignorant words, and it’ll be interesting to see if being dropped by her A-list Hollywood agency prompts an apology from her!”
The fallout from Sarandon’s remarks has sparked widespread debate and led to her being dropped by her talent agency, prompting discussions on the implications of her actions and the importance of accountability for public figures. There is much speculation about how Sarandon will address the controversy and whether she will issue an apology in response to the backlash. Regardless of what steps she takes next, it’s clear that her comments have had considerable repercussions both within and beyond the entertainment industry.