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Hollywood Studios Blacklist Penelope Cruz over Gaza Letter Accusing Israel of ‘Genocide’

Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem are reportedly facing a serious backlash from top Hollywood executives following their support for Gaza, which saw the couple sign an open letter condemning the actions of Israel as tantamount to “genocide”.

But their actions have sparked anger in top Hollywood executives, which has reportedly called their careers in to question. One top exec told the Hollywood Reporter that he was “furious at Javier and Penelope” and queried whether he would want to work with the couple again.

Ms Cruz’s subsequent clarification of the letter, in which she said her “only wish and intention” in signing it was to promote “peace in both Israel and Gaza,” was knocked by another top exec, who said the actresses later comments were met with “a collective eye roll”.

Married Cruz and Bardem, as well as Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, called on the EU to ‘condemn the bombing by land, sea and air against the Palestinian civilian population’.

They continued: “Palestinians’ homes are being destroyed, they are being denied water, electricity, free movement to their hospitals, schools and fields while the international community does nothing.”

In his condemnation of the bombing, Bardem said that he did not want tax he pays in Spain to be used to support Israeli ‘barbarism’.


He added: ‘Being Jewish does not automatically mean you support this massacre, just like being Hebrew does not mean you are a Zionist, just like being Palestinian does not automatically make you a Hamas terrorist.


“That’s just as absurd as saying that being German makes you Nazi.’


Bardem went on to say that he had spoken to a lot of Jewish friends in America about the conflict, one of whom he claimed had told him: ‘You can’t call it self-defence while you’re murdering children.’


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