by Dina Rickman, Independent:
Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem allegedly risk being “blacklisted” by studios over an open letter they signed which accused Israel of “genocide” in Gaza.
The Times (£) reports a number of leading figures in the film industry are believed to have pledged to shun the Oscar-winning pair, who are also husband and wife. According to the paper, industry figures privately said that actors “who persisted in openly criticising Israel would struggle to find work.”
The open letter, published by Europa Press, urged Israel to “lift the blockade, which the Gaza Strip has suffered for more than a decade”. Following its publication both Ms Cruz and Mr Bardem were accused of “inciting anti-semitism” by fellow actor John Voight.
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