Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon has been dropped by Hollywood talent agency UTA after making antisemitic statements at an anti-Israel rally last week, the New York Post's Page Six column reported.
During the rally in New York, Sarandon mocked the fear Jewish people have experienced amid the outbreak of antisemitism that followed the Hamas massacre of over 1,200 people in southern Israel on October 7.
"There are a lot of people that are afraid, afraid to be 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,” Sarandon said. She also joined in the genocidal chant, “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” a call for the destruction of the State of Israel and the extermination of its Jewish citizens.
Despite Sarandon's claims, antisemitic hate crimes have been more prevalent in the US than Islamophobic hate crimes for decades. Anti-Jewish hate crimes made up approximately 60% of religious-based hate crimes in the US before October 7, according to FBI Director Christopher Wray.
Aviva Klompas, the former director of speechwriting at the Israeli Mission to the United Nations, said in response: “When Susan Sarandon said that Jews ‘are getting a taste of what it feels like to be a Muslim in this country’ she was saying that American Jews have it coming — that we don’t deserve to live free from harassment and assault."
Author Asra Nomani, a Muslim woman whose family hails from India, wrote on X (formerly Twitter): “Let me give you ‘a taste’ of what it ‘feels like’ to be a Muslim in America: My dad didn’t have to become a second-class indentured servant to one of the many tyrants of Muslim countries…My mom?… Being Muslim in America meant she got to live FREE with the wind in her hair…You think the Muslim dictatorship of Qatar allows a pathway to citizenship for Muslim slaves, servants or Palestinian Muslims? Hell no…”
“Please don’t minimize the experience of Jewish Americans by sanitizing the hell that it is for Muslims living in Muslim countries and vilifying America for the life — and freedoms — she offers Muslims like my family,” Nomani wrote.
Sarandon has made a series of anti-Israel rants since October 7 justifying the Hamas massacre, accusing Israel of "genocide" in its response, and engaging in conspiracy theories denying facts from the massacre.
Sarandon won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Sister Helen Prejean in the 1995 film 'Dead Men Walking.'