Susan Sarandon Issues Apology for "Regrettable" Remarks Made During Pro-Palestinian Rally

Written By BlabberBuzz | Sunday, 03 December 2023 10:15
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Renowned actress Susan Sarandon has issued a public apology following her contentious remarks at a recent pro-Palestinian rally, which led to her dismissal from a prominent Hollywood talent agency.

Sarandon took to social media on Friday evening to express regret over her comments made at the demonstration. She had suggested that the resentment and hostility Jews had encountered following the October 7 massacre in Israel was merely a "taste" of the treatment Muslims endure in the United States.

In an extensive Instagram post, Sarandon stated, "Intending to communicate my concern for an increase in hate crimes, I said that Jewish Americans, as the targets of rising antisemitic hate, 'are getting a taste of what it is like to be Muslim in this country, so often subjected to violence.'"

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She acknowledged her error, stating, "This phrasing was a terrible mistake, as it implies that until recently Jews have been strangers to persecution, when the opposite is true. As we all know, from centuries of oppression and genocide in Europe, to the Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh, PA, Jews have long been familiar with discrimination and religious violence which continues to this day."

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Sarandon further criticized herself, expressing deep regret for her comment, which she admitted had diminished the reality of Jewish persecution and caused hurt. She added, "It was my intent to show solidarity in the struggle against bigotry of all kinds, and I am sorry I failed to do so."

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The actress had made the controversial remarks at a large pro-Palestinian gathering in Manhattan’s Union Square on November 17, protesting the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict. Following her speech, Sarandon revealed that she had not been scheduled to speak but was handed a microphone and encouraged to address the crowd.

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Her comments sparked a wave of backlash, including criticism from those she had sought to defend. Asra Nomani, a Muslim American writer and education activist, criticized Sarandon’s speech on X, writing, "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."

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Nomani also challenged Sarandon to "Go, live like a Muslim woman in a Muslim country. You will come back to America and kiss the land beneath your feet."

In the wake of Sarandon's remarks, UTA, a leading Hollywood agency, severed ties with her. A spokesperson for UTA confirmed to Fox News Digital last month that Sarandon is no longer represented by the agency.

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