Susan Sarandon dropped by talent agency after remarks at pro-Palestinian rally | Susan Sarandon

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UTA lets Oscar winner go after speaking at several pro-Palestinian rallies

Hollywood talent agency UTA dropped Susan Sarandon as a client after she spoke at a pro-Palestinian rally over the weekend, an agency spokesperson confirmed to Deadline.

The Oscar winner has attended several rallies in support of Palestine and was criticized for saying, “There are a lot of people who are afraid of being Jewish right now, and they’re getting a taste of what what it feels like to be a Muslim in this country. » .”

In filmed remarks, Sarandon encouraged others to continue supporting the Palestinians in the war between Israel and Hamas. “People are questioning, people are standing up, people are educating themselves, people are moving away from the brainwashing that started when they were children,” Sarandon said at the rally. She encouraged participants to “be strong, patient, clear and to stand alongside all those who have the courage to speak out” and thanked “the Jewish community who came to support us.”

Sarandon then reposted a pro-Palestinian message from Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters on X, formerly known as Twitter. Waters has been criticized over the years for alleged anti-Semitic remarks.

Since the October 7 Hamas attack that killed at least 1,200 Israelis and led to several hundred people being taken hostage, Israel has killed around 14,000 people in Gaza, including at least 5,600 children.

Sarandon is the latest public figure to find himself in a sticky situation due to his stance on the war, particularly in favor of Palestine. Last month, Maha Dakhil, co-head of film at powerful Hollywood agency CAA, faced internal backlash and resigned from the agency’s board after reposting an image on Instagram that read in part: “You are learning who supports the genocide. »

Dakhil added the caption: “This is the phrase for me. She then posted a second image that read: “What’s more heartbreaking than witnessing genocide? Witnessing genocide denial.

These messages prompted screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, one of Dakhil and CAA’s main clients, to publicly denounce his comments and leave the agency for rival William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME). “Maha is not an anti-Semite, she is just wrong. She is a great agent and I am very proud of the work we have done together over the last six years,” Sorkin said in a statement to Variety.

Dakhil has since deleted both images and issued a public apology. “I made a mistake by reposting my Instagram story, which used hurtful language. Like many of us, I am reeling from grief. I am proud to be on the side of humanity and peace,” Dakhil said in a statement to Variety.

“I am very grateful to my Jewish friends and colleagues who have highlighted the implications and better informed me. I immediately deleted the repost. I’m sorry for the pain I caused,” she said.

Sarandon reportedly signed with UTA in 2014. She appeared in the films Blue Beetle and Maybe I Do this year, and made a few television appearances.

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