Hollywood Blacklists Penelope Cruz For Palestine Support
Penelope's letter accuses Israel of 'genocide'
The Spanish actress, Penelope Cruz, angered Hollywood with the open letter she penned accusing Israel of ‘genocide’ for their brutal attacks on the Gaza Strip. Several top Hollywood producers and executives have vowed never to work with Cruz again.
Penelope’s husband, fellow actor Javier Bardem, and 100 other leading members of the film industry also signed the letter in support of Penelope’s strong opinions on the conflict. An anonymous executive said he was “furious at Javier and Penelope.”
Relativity Media chief executive, Ryan Kavanaugh, doesn’t believe the letter will harm their careers, but commented: "As the grandson of Holocaust survivors, I know that anyone calling what's going on in Israel 'genocide' vs. self-defense is either ignorant and shouldn't be commenting or is truly anti-Semitic."
The Spanish letter blamed the world for doing “nothing,” while "Gaza is living through horror.” The letter also claimed Israel was "advancing on Palestinian territories instead of withdrawing to the 1967 borders.”
One film producer explained Hollywood’s reaction as being “all about business”, they go on to say: "I think the thing any executive or producer will try to calculate before working with Penelope Cruz or Javier Bardem in the near future is what their value is in the all-important international marketplace. And what territories they might have alienated people in by what they said.”
Penelope Cruz isn’t the only celebrities with strong opinions on the current conflict, comedian Joan Rivers expressed to TMZ her lack of sympathy for the Palestinian fatalities: "They were told to get out. They didn't get out. You don't get out, you are an idiot. At least the ones that were killed were the ones with low IQs."
She feels that because they started the conflict, they must face the consequences: “You deserve to be dead. Don't you dare make me feel bad about that!” Watch the TMZ interview below: