Dozens of pro-Palestinian protesters rallied outside the offices of Hollywood heavyweights United Talent Agency (UTA) and Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, alleging censorship of actors and artists who speak out against Israeli military action in Gaza.
“Media entities are actually punishing people for speaking out. It’s outrageous. Hollywood has a history of this. It was done to people in Hollywood during the McCarthy era, and now they are actively engaging in it themselves,” said Estee Chandler, a Jewish pro-Palestinian protester, who gathered with about 80 others outside UTA before marching through Beverly Hills to MGM.
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“Hollywood is notorious for censoring any actors, artists for speaking out about the cause. They’re canceling some of their best A-list artists and actors,” added Sara B, a 30-year-old pro-Palestinian protester.
Tuesday’s protests in Beverly Hills were in response to reports that UTA had dropped Academy Award-winning actor Susan Sarandon over remarks she made while addressing a pro-Palestinian protest in New York last month. Separately, ‘Scream’ actor Melissa Barrera was fired from the franchise by Spyglass Media Group after re-sharing a post on social media supporting Palestinians.
Watch: Dozens of pro-Palestinian protesters rally in #Hollywood, alleging censorship of actors and artists who speak out against #Israeli military action in #Gaza.https://t.co/PeiWmckQaP pic.twitter.com/pb5vSarhS8— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) December 6, 2023
Israel unleashed its campaign in response to an attack on October 7 by Hamas fighters who rampaged through Israeli towns, killing 1,200 people and seizing 240 hostages, according to Israel’s tally.
Hamas’ media office said on Tuesday at least 16,248 people including 7,112 children and 4,885 women had been killed in Gaza by Israeli military action since October 7. Thousands more are missing and feared buried under rubble.
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