Saturday, July 20, 2024

Fabulous Four or Fantastic Flop? Susan Sarandon’s Political Views Could Sink New Summer Comedy with Bette Midler


The trailer is out for “The Fabulous Four,” see below.

The “Book Club” type comedy stars Bette Midler, Susan Sarandon, Sheryl Lee Ralph, and Megan Mullally. It’s directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse and is set for release on July 26th.

Trouble is on the horizon, however. Midler is an ardent supporter of Israel on social media. But Sarandon has, some feel, gone overboard supporting Palestine.

A few weeks ago the Oscar winner (and trust me, one of my faves) was video’d claiming that the atrocities of October 7th were “myths.”

“Do you not know that all those myths about babies in ovens and the rapes have been [debunked],” Sarandon tells a young woman in the video.

The young woman reminds her that Hamas has rejected all calls for a truce. “Do you know why?” asks Sarandon. “They are terrible deals.”

Sarandon has always been in outlier in politics, supporting fringe candidates like Jill Stein or Ramsey Clark for president. But her take on Israel and Palestine may mark the end of whatever career the former Oscar winner has left. She’s express no sympathy for the unprovoked killing of 1200 Israeli’s at a music festival on October 7, 2023– or the reported rapes of women, beheading of babies, not to mention the taking of hostages who are still unaccounted for.

Bleecker Street Films should be worried about how they could send Midler and Sarandon out to do press together. They should also be concerned that Sarandon’s continued harsh criticism of Israel in favor of Palestine — and Hamas, by extension — could keep away summer movie audiences.

Last year, Sarandon was dropped by talent agency, UTA, when she lcaimed that spikes in antisemitic attacks were allowing Jews to finally “get… a taste of what it is like to be a Muslim” in the United States.

Clearly, Sarandon doesn’t care what happens next. But aside from friction with Midler, she faces questioning from the press and rejection by moviegoers who want to support her film at $15 a pop.

SARANDON: “Do you not know that all of those myths about babies in ovens and the rapes — “

YOUNG WOMAN: “It’s not a myth. It’s not a myth. I’m sorry, you’re denying — you’re denying terror actions that have been made on October 7th to so many people, innocent civilians.”

SARANDON: “What about the 35,000 people that have been killed — “

YOUNG WOMAN: “According to who? According to who?”

SARANDON: “You’re hopeless.”

YOUNG WOMAN: “I’m sorry that you’re supporting a terror organization. They’re coming for your next, Susan.”

SARANDON: “Educate yourself.”

YOUNG WOMAN: “Educate yourself. Yeah, that’s exactly what I mean.”

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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