Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem’s controversial open letter on the Israel-Palestine conflict has got them in some hot water – and one of Hollywood’s top CEOs is now weighing in.
Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanaugh became the first major Hollywood
executive to offer his opinion to last week’s letter signed by the Spanish power couple that denounced Israel’s actions in the Gaza Strip as “genocide.”
“It makes by blood boil,” Kavanaugh told The Hollywood Reporter.
“As the grandson of Holocaust survivors, anyone calling it Israel
‘genocide’ vs. protecting themselves are either the most ignorant people
about the situation, and shouldn’t be commenting, or are truly
The letter in question was a response to the growing conflict in Gaza
signed by Bardem, Cruz and a group of Spanish artists urging the
European Union to “condemn the bombing by land, sea and air against the
Palestinian civilian population in the Gaza Strip.”
Oscar-winning director Pedro Almodovar was among the signers.
In addition to the open letter, Bardem wrote an op-ed in Spain’s El Diario newspaper.
“In the horror happening in Gaza right now there is NO place for
distance or neutrality. It’s a war of extermination waged against
occupation and to people with no means, confined in a minimum territory,
with no water, and where hospitals, ambulances, and children are
targets and presumed to be terrorist. It’s hard to understand and
impossible to justify. And it’s disgraceful that western countries are
permitting such genocide,” he wrote.