After Susan Sarandon’s inflammatory statements about American Jews receiving a “taste of what it feels like to be a Muslim,” UTA, a prominent Hollywood agency, withdrew her as a client. Many Jewish Americans have expressed a lack of safety due to the increase in antisemitism since the Oct. 7 Hamas terror incident.
Asra Nomani, a Muslim American writer and education activist, was among many who strongly criticized Sarandon’s remarks. Nomani had previously written an extensive thread on X in which she discussed the opportunities and freedoms her parents had in the United States, which they would not have had in a Muslim nation. She described it as a “taste” of American life for a Muslim household.
On behalf of her family, she asked that Sarandon not denigrate the United States because of the life and liberties it provides to Muslims like her while minimizing the suffering of Muslims in Muslim nations. “Go to a Muslim nation and live your Muslim life,” she wrote.
Since the assault on Israel, antisemitism has risen sharply in the US, especially on university campuses. Many famous actors, TV program creators, and producers have blasted Hollywood for remaining silent on the subject while jumping on other political bandwagons.
After discussing the Israel-Hamas conflict on social media, one prominent Hollywood agent resigned from her leadership position. Maha Dakhil left her roles as co-head of the motion picture department and the Creative Artists Agency’s internal board after her anti-Israel statements. But her client’s work at the agency will continue unabated.
United Talent Agency cut ties with five-time Oscar nominee and 1995 winner Susan Sarandon over her comments at a pro-Palestinian rally last week. Sarandon won the award for Best Actress. Following her controversial Instagram posts criticizing Israel’s response to Hamas assaults, Melissa Barrera was fired from the “Scream” horror series by Spyglass Media Group.
The New York Police Department reports that antisemitic offenses have increased dramatically in the city after the Hamas assaults on October 7. From the Gaza Strip, militants from Hamas broke into Israel on October 7, murdering over 1,200 and kidnapping over 240. Since the Israeli counteroffensive started, the Gaza health ministry reports that over 11,000 Palestinians, including over 4,600 children, have been killed.