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NextImg:Susan Sarandon takes back anti-Jewish comments after being dropped from talent agency

Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon issued an apology for her comments about Jewish people at a pro-Palestine rally last month, saying that her choice of words “was a terrible mistake.”  

Ms. Sarandon took the stage at a pro-Palestine rally in New York City last month, proclaiming that Jews are “getting a taste of what it feels like to be a Muslim in this country, so often subjected to violence.”

“This phrasing was a terrible mistake, as it implies that until recently Jews have been strangers to persecution, when the opposite is true,” Ms. Sarandon said on Instagram. “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.”

She continued, “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.”

The Oscar-winning actress said she had not intended to speak at the rally but was invited to the stage to say a few words. 

United Talent Agency, or UTA, dropped Ms. Sarandon as a client days later after employees at the massive talent agency said that her remarks hurt them. 

Ms. Sarandon’s comments come as anti-Semitic rhetoric has skyrocketed around the country in response to the terrorist organization Hamas’ brutal surprise attack on Israel on Oct. 7, which left over 1,200 Israelis dead. 

The surprise onslaught has caused divisions in Hollywood. Most recently, Scream VII actress Melissa Barrera was fired from her role for sharing a social media post that accused Israel of “genocide and ethnic cleansing” and for sharing a Jewish Currents article from holocaust and genocide historian Raz Segal that called Israel’s campaign on the Gaza Strip “a textbook case of genocide.”

• Alex Miller can be reached at amiller@washingtontimes.com.