Friday, June 21, 2024

Susan Sarandon in Crisis Management Mode Posts Apology for Anti-Israel Hate Comments After Career Freefall


Oscar winning actress Susan Sarandon has gone to DefCon 5. She’s in a spin control crisis management frenzy after making pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel comments that sounded awfully antisemitic.

At a rally in New York, Sarandon said American Jews would now feel what American Muslims had experienced — i.e. hate. She was immediately dropped by United Talent Agency. Her career may have imploded.

Now she’s posted an apologia to Instagram. It’s clearly composed by a crisis counselor. Will this be enough to save her? Sarandon has always been outspoken, no matter how misguided. She’s passionately ignorant of the consequences. But is this a walk back? Or a plea for a rope to get her out of this quicksand?

“Recently, I attended a rally alongside a diverse group of activists seeking to highlight the urgent humanitarian crisis in Gaza and call for a ceasefire. I had not planned to speak but was invited to take the stage and say a few words.

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’. 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, Jews have long been familiar with discrimination and religious violence which continues to this day.

I deeply regret diminishing this reality and hurting people with this comment. It was my intent to show solidarity to the struggle against bigotry of all kinds, and I am sorry I failed to do so.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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