Susan Sarandon is dropped by production company after anti-Jewish rant
Susan Sarandon is dropped by production company PTO Films after her anti-Jewish rant at pro-Palestine rally in NYC
- Susan Sarandon suffered another blow after she was dropped by a production company following her anti-Jewish rant at a pro-Palestine rally in New York City
- The production company that was considering Sarandon for a short film said they were no longer planning to work with her
- This comes just weeks after the 77-year-old Oscar-winning actress was dropped by her Hollywood representative, United Talent Agency
Susan Sarandon suffered another strike after she was dropped by a production company following her anti-Jewish rant at a pro-Palestine rally in New York City.
The production company that was considering Sarandon for a short film revealed to Page Six that they were no longer planning to work with the Academy Award winner.
‘As a company, PTO Films would like to make it clear that Susan Sarandon’s views do not reflect the opinions of our organization,’ David Barroso, co-founder of the indie film company told the outlet.
‘We were considering her for a short film, but due to her recent statements, we have decided to pursue other options,’ he told Page Six.
Sarandon was set to appear in the short film ‘Slipping Away,’ which appeared under her ‘upcoming’ projects on IMBD until this weekend.
The studio’s decision comes just weeks after the 77-year-old Oscar-winning actress was dropped by her Hollywood representative, United Talent Agency, which is run by Jewish CEO Jeremy Zimmer, who represented Sarandon since 2014.
Susan Sarandon suffered another blow after she was dropped by a production company following her anti-Jewish rant at a pro-Palestine rally in New York City
The production company that was considering Sarandon for a short film revealed to Page Six that they were no longer planning to work with the Academy Award winner, Pictured (David Barroso, co-founder of the indie film company)
Sarandon was set to appear in the short film ‘Slipping Away,’ which appeared under her ‘upcoming’ projects on IMBD until this weekend
Sarandon apologized last Friday for claiming Jewish people ‘are getting a taste of what it feels like to be Muslim’ amid the war with Hamas.
Sarandon’s remarks at a November 17 pro-Palestine rally in New York City sparked widespread outrage, with critics saying they ignored the centuries of prejudice and antisemitism the Jewish community has endured.
On Friday, she said she said her remarks last month were ‘a terrible mistake’.
‘This phrasing was a terrible mistake, as it implies that until recently Jews have been strangers to persecution, when the opposite is true,’ she said.
She said the rally was ‘to highlight the urgent humanitarian crisis in Gaza and call for a ceasefire,’ and said she had not planned to speak at the gathering, but was invited to address the crowd.
‘Intending to communicate my concern for an increase in hate crimes, I said that Jewish Americans, as the targets of rising anti-Semitic hate, ‘are getting a taste of what it is like to be a Muslim in this country, so often subjected to violence.”
Sarandon said her words ignored ‘centuries of oppression and genocide in Europe’ as well as recent atrocities, such as the Tree of Life synagogue attack, which saw 11 murdered in October 2018 in Pittsburgh – the worst attack on the Jewish community in modern US history.
Sarandon added: ‘I deeply regret diminishing this reality and hurting people with this comment.
‘It was my intent to show solidarity in the struggle against bigotry of all kinds, and I am sorry I failed to do so.’
Since the October 7 terror attack by Hamas, which killed 1,200 Israelis, and the reprisals in Gaza, which have killed 15,000 Palestinians, Sarandon has attended several rallies in New York.
Sarandon posted her apology on Instagram on Friday evening
The veteran left-wing activist has been filmed joining in the chant ‘from the river to the sea,’ a battle cry used by pro-Palestinian activists and Hamas alike that many view as an anti-Semitic call for the destruction of Israel.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show star has also retweeted posts on X celebrating Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, who has been dogged for years with allegations of anti-Semitism.
Sarandon is seen at a pro-Palestine rally in New York City last month. She attended another over the weekend, where she was seen chanting ‘from the river to the sea,’ which has been branded an anti-Semitic phrase that calls for the destruction of Israel
Sarandon has not publicly addressed her dismissal from the production company PTO, however, she did share a quote by Jewish playwright Howard Zinn on Instagram.
Zinn, was quoted in the past for saying ‘Israel was a mistake,’ however the Jewish historian did support a two-state solution where both Jews and Muslims live together in peace, according to the Jewish Journal.
Only about one in six younger Palestinians believe in a two-state solution, according to a recent Gallup poll.
The quote, about being ‘hopeful in bad times,’ was posted without a caption.
‘To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.’
‘What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something,’ the quote read, in part.
Sarandon’s post was hit with a mixed reaction. She faced backlash from many viewers who called out the actress for her ‘ignorance’ on the subject.
Many pro-Israel comments encouraged Sarandron to gain knowledge on the historically complex Israel-Palestinian conflict through open dialogue.
‘Dear Susan, you are a dear woman who automatically tries to stand on the side of the weak. The point is that in this case the weak side you are standing next to is a veteran terrorist known throughout the world,’ one wrote.
‘I warmly suggest you take two weeks off and come to Israel to study in depth the causes of the conflict, to meet with Jews and Muslims. We will be happy to host you and if in the end you still decide to stay in your mind, it will be after you have studied openly and not recited out of ignorance.’
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