Hollywood star Susan Sarandon has reportedly been dropped by her talent agency over her vocal advocacy for Palestine amid the Israel siege on Gaza.
The actress, who has been spotted at multiple pro-Palestinian rallies, recently made a controversial comment about Jews and Muslims, which appears to be the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Susan Sarandon’s Talent Agency Cuts Ties With Her
Sarandon has found herself without an agency following her latest comments about Jews amid the Israel-Hamas war.
Hollywood agency UTA dumped the A-list actress for saying that Jews are “getting a taste of how it feels to be Muslim in America.”
Sources revealed to Page Six that employees at UTA were heartbroken by Sarandon’s remarks at a recent rally, with a spokesperson for the news outlet confirming that they no longer represent the “Blue Beetle” actress.
Sarandon, who has been in partnership With UTA since 2014, said at a pro-Palestinian protest in New York City, “There are a lot of people afraid of being Jewish at this time, and are getting a taste of what it feels like to be a Muslim in this country.”
This statement caught the attention of the former director of speechwriting at the Israeli Mission to the United Nations, Aviva Klompas, who claimed, “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.”
Susan Sarandon Got Slammed For Her Comment By Actress Asra Nomani
Following Sarandon’s controversial comment, Muslim American actress Asra Normani took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to criticize the Hollywood star, noting that she should not “sanitize” the experience of Muslims living in Muslim countries.
She shared the post next to an image of her parents, who are refugees in America.
Nomani said, “Hi there Susan Sarandon, this is my mom, my dad, and me on the rail trail in Morgantown, West by God Virginia. Let me tell you what it means to be Muslim in America.”
She then proceeded to point out all the benefits and privileges she has as a Muslim living in the United States.
“My dad didn’t have to become a second-class indentured servant to one of the many tyrants of Muslim countries that use immigrants from India, like my family, as essential slaves…my dad got a job as an assistant professor of nutrition,” she stated.
Nomani continued, “He got rejected first for tenure but being Muslim in America meant he got a right like everybody got — his right to appeal, and guess what? He won and he became a full professor. That’s what it means to be Muslim in America.”
Speaking of her mother’s experience, Nomani said, “My mom? Being Muslim in America meant she got to live FREE with the wind in her hair like Masih Alinejad fights for women in the Muslim nation of Iran to be able to enjoy.”
She then concluded her lengthy post by telling Sarandon not to “minimize” Jewish peoples’ experiences.
“This is a ‘taste’ of life for a Muslim family in America. Please don’t minimize the experience of Jewish Americans by sanitizing the hell that it is for Muslims living in Muslim countries and vilifying America for the life — and freedoms — she offers Muslims like my family. Go, live like a Muslim woman in a Muslim country.” Nomani said.
She added, “You will come back to America and kiss the land beneath your feet.”
Susan Sarandon Called For A Ceasefire
Before her comments at a pro-Palestinian rally in NYC, Sarandon had joined a list of Hollywood celebrities who called for a ceasefire in Gaza.
She and several other actors and singers, including Selena Gomez, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez, and more, signed a letter to President Joe Biden requesting that humanitarian aid be allowed into Gaza.
The letter reads, “Dear President Biden, we come together as artists and advocates, but most importantly as human beings witnessing the devastating loss of lives and unfolding horrors in Israel and Palestine.”
It continues, “We ask that, as President of the United States, you and the US Congress call for an immediate de-escalation and ceasefire in Gaza and Israel before another life is lost. More than 5,000 people have been killed in the last week and a half – a number any person of conscience knows is catastrophic. We believe all life is sacred, no matter faith or ethnicity and we condemn the killing of Palestinian and Israeli civilians.”
The letter, backed by the organizations Oxfam America & ActionAid USA, concluded with a plea for peace: “We refuse to tell future generations the story of our silence, that we stood by and did nothing. As Emergency Relief Chief Martin Griffiths told UN News, ‘History is watching.’”
See the complete list of stars who signed the letter here.
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