Several famous actresses was apologizing for controversial remarks they made recently on the Israel-Hamas war. In a statement on Instagram on Friday night, leftist Susan Sarandon walked back comments she made on November 17 at a "pro-Palestinian" rally in New York City, confessing she made a "terrible mistake" when she said Jews are “getting a taste of what it is like to be Muslim in this country, so often subjected to violence.”
She wrote "it implies that until recently Jews have been strangers to persecution, when the opposite is true. As we all know, from centuries of oppression and genocide in Europe, to the Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh, Jews have long been familiar with discrimination and religious violence which continues to this day....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 actress who won an Oscar for Dead Man Walking in 1996 was dumped by her Hollywood talent agency after that speech. She claimed “I will continue my commitment to peace, truth, justice, and compassion for all people.”
Actress Julianna Margulies (currently on Apple's The Morning Show) apologized for controversial comments on The Back Room with Andy Ostroy podcast, and outrage was swift after clips were posted on Twitter.
Margulies, who is Jewish, attacked LGBTQ activists who are supporting Hamas. “It’s those kids who are spewing this antisemitic hate that have no idea if they stepped foot in an Islamic country—these people who want us to call them they/them, or whatever they want us to call them… it’s those people that will be the first people beheaded and their heads played with like a soccer ball, like a soccer ball on the field. And that’s who they’re supporting? Terrorists who don’t want women to have their rights? LGBTQ people get executed.”
She claimed a black lesbian club at Columbia University held a screening, but “put up signs saying ‘No Jews allowed.'”
“I wanna say to them, ‘You f—ing idiots. You don’t exist. You’re even lower than the Jews. A. You’re Black, and B. You’re gay and you’re turning your back against the people who support you?’ Because Jews, they rally around everybody.”
Margulies said Hitler “got his entire playbook from the Jim Crow South,” and criticized blacks for not “embracing” Jews when “in the civil rights movement, the Jews were the ones that walked side by side with the Blacks to fight for their rights.” She added, “The fact that the entire Black community isn’t standing with us to me says either they just don’t know, or they’ve been brainwashed to hate Jews.”
"I am horrified by the fact that statements I made on a recent podcast offended the Black and LGBTQIA+ communities, communities I truly love and respect," Margulies told Deadline on Friday. "I want to be 100% clear: Racism, homophobia, sexism, or any prejudice against anyone’s personal beliefs or identity are abhorrent to me, full stop."
She continued, "Throughout my career I have worked tirelessly to combat hate of all kind, end antisemitism, speak out against terrorist groups like Hamas, and forge a united front against discrimination. I did not intend for my words to sow further division, for which I am sincerely apologetic."