By Jen Smith, chief reporter for Dailymail.Com
19:36 November 21, 2023, updated 19:43 November 21, 2023
- Sarandon made the remarks at a protest in New York amid rising anti-Semitism
- “A lot of people are afraid of being Jewish…(they) have a taste of what it feels like to be a Muslim in this country,” she said.
- Muslim American immigrant Asra Nomani rejected his comments on Twitter
- Others compared Sarandon to Jane Fonda, nicknamed Hanoi Jane during the Vietnam War: ‘Hamas has Gaza Susan’
Susan Sarandon was dropped by her Hollywood agency UTA over her controversial remark that America’s frightened Jews, facing rising anti-Semitism, have “a taste of what it feels like to be Muslim “.
Page Six reports that agency staff were so hurt and shocked by the left-wing Sarandon’s comments that it led them to cut ties. She had worked at the agency since 2014.
Sarandon – who was among those who led the SAG-AFTRA strike – has yet to comment.
The agency, which stands for United Talent Agency, is led by Jewish CEO Jeremy Zimmer.
Sarandon made the incendiary remark during a protest in New York on November 17. She said people who are “afraid of being Jewish” in America “are getting a taste of what it feels like to be Muslim in America.” Jews criticized his remarks, and some Muslim Americans, including Asra Nomani, took to social media to tell Sarandon how their lives improved when they moved to America. Sharing a photo of herself with her parents, Nomani said: “Hi Susan Sarandon, this is my mom, dad and I on the train tracks in Morgantown, West God Virginia. Let me tell you what it means to be Muslim in America.
“My father was not forced to become a second-class indentured servant to one of the many tyrants in Muslim countries who use immigrants from India, like my family, as essential slaves… my father got a job as assistant professor of nutrition.
“He was initially rejected for office, but being a Muslim in America meant he had a right like everyone else – his right to appeal and guess what?” He won and became a full professor.
‘My mother? Being a Muslim in America meant she could live FREE with the wind in her hair, as Masih Alinejad is fighting for women in the Muslim nation of Iran to enjoy.
She then described how she was able to freely and safely give birth to a baby out of wedlock in America – which reportedly led to her death in some Muslim countries.
“Where do you think I came to give birth to my baby safely, without shame? West by God Virginia in the United States of America – where we have equal rights as Muslim Americans, not as Americans.
“It’s a ‘taste’ of life for a Muslim family in America. Please do not minimize the experience of American Jews by dismissing the hell that is that of Muslims living in Muslim countries and vilifying America for the lives – and freedoms – it offers to Muslims like my family.
“Go live like a Muslim woman in a Muslim country. You will come back to America and kiss the earth beneath your feet,” she said.
Others compared her comments to those of Jane Fonda during the Vietnam War. Fonda earned the nickname “Hanoi Jane” for her continued condemnation of the American military effort in Vietnam.
She visited the area and posed on top of an anti-aircraft gun, for which she has since apologized.
‘Good well good. The Vietnam War got Hanoi Jane. Looks like Hamas will have Gaza Susan. She should go visit them,” one critic said.
“Someone please tell actress Susan Sarandon that she can open a nice bottle of wine and celebrate by her private pool – another death of a Jewish grandfather.”
“Hamas, which she proudly supports, has just announced that one of the hundreds of innocent Israelis they kidnapped – 86-year-old Aryeh Zalmanovich – has been killed in captivity.
“Do you like it Susan?” Does this fill your heart with joy? said another.
There has been a sharp increase in anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in the United States since the October 7 attack and the conflict that followed.
The vast majority of public protests in major cities like New York have been pro-Palestinian, with some participants holding anti-Semitic signs calling for “cleansing the world of Jews.”
At a neo-Nazi rally in Wisconsin this weekend, participants waved huge swastika flags.
There have been grotesque incidents of Islamophobia, including the murder of a six-year-old Muslim boy in his home near Chicago.
His owner had become paranoid that he and his Palestinian family were going to “come after him.”
Sarandon has yet to respond to the growing backlash over his remarks.