When stars clash, sparks often fly. Such is the current case between John Voight (aka “Angelina Jolie’s dad”) and Penelope Cruz.
Each of these movie stars has taken a very different stance regarding the violent conflict between Israel and Hamas. Cruz, along with husband Javier Bardem and other heavyweights of the Spanish film industry, recently penned a letter denouncing Israel’s attacks against Hamas as “genocide.” This letter did not sit well with Voight, to say the least.
He responded with a letter of his own to The Hollywood Reporter, urging his fellow actors to examine their motives. Voight expressed great concern that their stance “could incite anti-Semitism all over the world.” He stated that “Israel has always labored for a peaceful relation with its Arab neighbors.”
Voight then reminded his peers that they have achieved fame and fortune under the auspices of democratic nations. He questioned whether they could have ever done the same within most parts of the Middle East.
Voight emphatically concluded: “You should hang your heads in shame… and ask forgiveness from the suffering people in Israel.”
Copyright August 4, 2014 by Linda Van Slyke All Rights Reserved