Actress Susan Sarandon was dropped by Hollywood talent agency United Talent Agency (UTA) after the agency confirmed that they had cut ties with the Oscar-winning actress on Tuesday. Sarandon was recently seen speaking at a pro-Palestine rally in New York City over the weekend, which sparked controversy and backlash from a number of people.
According to multiple reports, the actress spoke about the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas at the rally and expressed her support for the Palestinian people. She also made comments addressing the fear that the Jewish community is currently experiencing in light of the conflict.
“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, so often subjected to violence,” Sarandon said at the rally, as reported by the New York Post.
At a pro-Palestinian rally in NYC on Nov. 17, actress Susan Sarandon said that American Jews are getting a “taste of what it feels like to be a Muslim.”
Jews make up only about 2.4% of the US public, yet they account for about 60% of all religious-based hate crimes according to… pic.twitter.com/W5KXNwfR6d
— Matthew Nouriel (@MatthewNouriel) November 21, 2023
UTA’s decision to cut ties with the actress comes after the agency received backlash for her comments, which were deemed controversial by many. In an official statement, a spokesperson for UTA confirmed that they have ended their professional relationship with Sarandon.
Sarandon’s comments at the pro-Palestine rally sparked controversy and divided opinions on social media, with many accusing her of being anti-semitic and promoting violence. However, the actress also received support from some individuals who praised her for speaking out on the ongoing conflict and showing solidarity with the Palestinians.
The conflict between Israel and Hamas began on October 7th and has escalated over the past few weeks. The recent attacks by Hamas on Israel have led to retaliation by Israeli forces, resulting in a significant number of casualties and damages on both sides. The conflict has also sparked protests and heated debates, with many celebrities and public figures expressing their opinions on social media.
Sarandon is not the only celebrity to face backlash for their comments on the ongoing conflict. In October, Hollywood agent Maha Dakhil resigned from the Creative Artists Agency’s (CAA) internal board and stepped down from leadership duties as co-head of the motion pictures department after making comments on social media about the situation in Israel.
Hi there @SusanSarandon, 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.
First, your backstory: At an anti-Israel protest in NYC, you just said, “There are a lot of people that are… pic.twitter.com/zAyUjpTxkY
— Asra Nomani (@AsraNomani) November 20, 2023
Dakhil, who represents A-list talent such as Tom Cruise and Natalie Portman, made a post on Instagram expressing her support for the Palestinian people and condemning the ongoing violence in Israel. She later issued a public apology for her post, stating that she made a mistake and had been “reeling with heartbreak.”
The conflict in the Middle East continues to spark debates and discussions around the world, with people using their platforms to express their opinions and show support for either side. In this case, it appears that Sarandon’s comments at the pro-Palestine rally led to her being dropped by her talent agency, highlighting the potential consequences of speaking out on sensitive and controversial issues.