Susan Sarandon dropped by United Talent Agency for comments about Jews

A spokesperson for UTA told Page Six today that the agency will no longer represent Sarandon

by Sededin Dedovic
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Susan Sarandon dropped by United Talent Agency for comments about Jews
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Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon has been dropped by her talent agency, United Talent Agency (UTA), after she made controversial comments equating the fear many American Jews feel in the wake of the recent violence in Gaza to the experiences of Muslims in the United States.

Sarandon made the remarks during a pro-Palestinian rally in New York City last week. "There are a lot of people who are afraid to be Jewish today, and now they understand what it means to be Muslim in this country," she said.

Her comments were immediately met with backlash, with many accusing her of antisemitism. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) condemned her remarks, calling them "completely inappropriate and offensive." Sarandon has a history of making inflammatory remarks about Israel.

In 2016, she retweeted a post that falsely claimed that Israel had carried out a "massacre" of Palestinians. She has also expressed support for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which many view as antisemitic.

There are many Jews working at UTA and that was the deciding factor in the end

UTA's decision to drop Sarandon as a client is a sign that her comments have crossed a line. The agency represents a number of high-profile Jewish actors and filmmakers, and it is likely that Sarandon's remarks caused offense to many of them.

This is not the first time that Sarandon has been dropped by an agency or studio due to her controversial views. In 2015, she was fired from the Showtime series "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" after she compared Benjamin Netanyahu to Adolf Hitler.

Her equating the fear of American Jews to the experiences of Muslims in the United States is also deeply offensive, as it suggests that Muslims in the United States are constantly living in fear. We should all strive to be respectful of all people, regardless of their religion, race, or ethnicity. The most important thing is to be human.

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