Susan Sarandon has been dropped by United Talent Agency after speaking out at a pro-Palestine rally in New York City. The Oscar-winning actress had been with the agency since 2014.
A spokesperson for the agency confirmed in a statement to CNN that UTA is “no longer representing Susan Sarandon.”
According to Deadline, this decision comes in light of remarks Sarandon recently made at a rally, where she reportedly said, “There are a lot of people afraid of being Jewish at this time, and are getting a taste of what it feels like to be a Muslim in this country.” She also shared posts from others on social media voicing their support for Palestine.
She has not publicly addressed UTA’s decision.
Sarandon is not the first person in Hollywood to face repercussions for their comments regarding the Israel-Hamas conflict.
The actress has been vocal on social media about her support for Palestine. “Gaza is currently being treated like a concentration camp,” she reportedly wrote on her Instagram Story, per The Hollywood Reporter. “Cornering everyone together, with nowhere to go, no electricity no water.”
Spyglass, the production company behind the movie, said in a statement to THR, “We have zero tolerance for antisemitism or the incitement of hate in any form, including false references to genocide, ethnic cleansing, Holocaust distortion or anything that flagrantly crosses the line into hate speech.”
In another instance, Maha Dakhil, co-head of film at Creative Artists Agency, resigned from the company’s board after describing the war as a “genocide” and sharing other pro-Palestine posts on her social media. She is one of the top talent agents at the company, with clients ranging from Tom Cruise to filmmaker Aaron Sorkin.
Recent reports claim Cruise attended a meeting in-person at CAA to show his support for Dakhil. She has since been allowed to continue working with her roster of high profile clients.
Dakhil also issued an apology after facing backlash for her social media activity, telling Variety, “I made a mistake with a repost in my Instagram story, which used hurtful language. Like so many of us, I have been reeling with heartbreak… I’m sorry for the pain I have caused.”