Susan Sarandon regrets her comments on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

By Le Figaro

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Susan Sarandon last September, during a demonstration against fossil fuels. Schwartz Andrew / Schwartz Andrew/Splash News/ABACA

“American Jews understand what our Muslim community is going through,” declared the actress during a demonstration who was then dropped by her agents.

A mea-culpa in the form of backpedaling. Persona non grata in Hollywood since she participated in mid-November in a demonstration denouncing the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, actress Susan Sarandon has disavowed the comments on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which caused her to be dropped by her agents. On Instagramthe star of Thelma and Louise said he had made a “big mistake”. “My clumsily worded remarks imply that Jews have never experienced persecution, which is false. They have faced centuries of oppression and violence in Europe and on our soil,” she apologized, “I deeply regret having underestimated this reality and hurt people with these words. I intended to show solidarity in the fight against intolerance of all kinds. I failed”.

On November 17, the 77-year-old actress took part in a pro-Palestinian march in New York, calling for a ceasefire. Invited to speak, she improvised a few words. “Faced with the rise of anti-Semitism, American Jews discover fear and understand what the Muslim community is experiencing in our country“, she said in particular. These comments, perceived as anti-Semitic, sparked a heated controversy. Susan Sarandon was let go by the UTA agency which looked after her interests.

A divided entertainment community

The same fate had been reserved to the Mexican actress of Scream 6 Melissa Barrera. Co-head of the film department at CAA, Maha Dakhil, who represents Tom Cruise who opposed his dismissal, had to resign from the board of directors for having compared the Israeli armed intervention to genocide. But, she was able to keep her position as agent thanks to the intervention of the star of Top Gun.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues to divide the entertainment industry. The star of the series EMERGENCIES And The Morning Show Julianna Margulies had to apologize too after declaring in a podcast that “those in the African-American and LGBT communities who supported the Palestinian cause were brainwashed to hate Jews“.

On Thursday, the British Artists Collective for Palestine published an open letter urging the English authorities to preserve freedom of expression. The signatories, including Olivia Colman (The Crown), Aimee Lou Wood (Sex Education), protested in particular against the sanctions taken against their peers who expressed their concerns and solidarity with the situation in Gaza. Screenings, exhibitions like that of the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei were canceled.

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