The actress has apologised for her comments made about Jews at a pro-Palestinian rally last month.
Last month, Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon was fired by the Hollywood Actors Guild (UTA) after speaking at a pro-Palestinian protest in New York, where she said, “There are a lot of people that are afraid, that are 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.”
The comments by Sarandon, who has a long history of activism for progressive and left-wing causes, sparked outrage among many, and she received lengthy comments on X.
In a statement posted to Instagram on December 1, Sarandon said that she had been trying to communicate her concern for rising hate crime and that her comments were a terrible mistake, explaining that it seems as if it implied “that until recently Jews have been strangers to persecution, when the opposite is true,” reports the Euronews.
“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.”
“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.”
On Friday, December 1, a letter was signed by 1,300 actors and artists accusing cultural institutions across Western countries of censoring those speaking out on behalf of Palestine. Among the names listed were Olivia Colman, Siobhán McSweeney and Aimee Lou Wood.
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