Scarlett Johansson under fire for standing with Israeli company

Actress and Democratic activist Scarlett Johansson is under fire because she is standing behind her decision to become the first brand ambassador for the Israeli carbonated beverage kit maker SodaStream. Johansson will also star in the company’s upcoming Super Bowl commercial, which was edited after first being rejected by Fox and the NFL.

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“I just watched Amy Holmes’ Hot List. You can find it at YouTube.com/TheBlaze but you really need to watch this… today’s was on the Super Bowl commercials that have been cancelled. And one of them was SodaStream,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “Now, this is Scarlett Johansson’s company that she’s representing, and she has been in so much trouble because she’s supporting an Israeli company. If I’m not mistaken, Scarlett Johansson probably hates my guts… but see, here’s the thing: She’s seen the merits of a free capitalist company that does good things.”

On Thursday, the aid organization Oxfam, asked Johansson to give up her ambassador role because “Oxfam believes that businesses that operate in [West Bank] settlements further the ongoing poverty and denial of rights of the Palestinian communities that we work to support.”

The only problem with that logic: SodaStream actually employs 900 Palestinians in its West Bank manufacturing plant, and the company supports Arab-Jewish equality and coexistence.

“[Not] all companies are good. But this company… they are trying to do the right thing,” Glenn said. “Yes, they’re Israeli. Yes, they’re in the ‘West Bank’… Yes, they have their offices and their headquarters in Judea and Samaria. But she stands by it [even] with all the pressure that she’s come under.”

On Friday, Johansson released a statement to the Huffington Post, in which she said she “never intended on being the face of any social or political movement, distinction, separation or stance as part of my affiliation with SodaStream,” but wants to “clear the air.”

“I remain a supporter of economic cooperation and social interaction between a democratic Israel and Palestine,” Johansson said. “SodaStream is a company that is not only committed to the environment but to building a bridge to peace between Israel and Palestine, supporting neighbors working alongside each other, receiving equal pay, equal benefits and equal rights. That is what is happening in their Ma’ale Adumim factory every working day”

As for the SodaStream commercial that will air this Sunday, the company edited its original ad that called out its competitors – Coke and Pepsi. Pepsi sponsors the Super Bowl’s half-time show.

“Now Fox has not taken the SodaStream money because there was an end that needed to be changed, and they changed it and so Fox accepted the ad. But what their problem was is that it said, ‘Sorry, Coke and Pepsi.’ And so they first rejected it on that. I don’t believe that for a second,” Glenn said. Have you ever heard of cola wars? Hello!”

Check out the SodaStream ad (pre-edit) and some other ads you may not be seeing Sunday night courtesy of TheBlaze’s Amy Holmes and The Hot List:

  • Anonymous

    Under fire for working for Jews? That’s pretty much all of Hollywood AND the media isn’t it?

  • Latin2

    The Quran of Hamas and the PLO states that Israel is the land for the ISRAELIS….there is not ONE mention of Palestine or Palestinians in the whole Quran…only Israsel.

  • Anonymous

    Scarlett is a hero!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    That is because liberals love to be dictators.

  • RandyandSteve Ekberg

    Oxfam all you desire is to destroy Israel, we know what your about. Many Palestinians and Israeli’s work together at these companies, they are making a good wage, learning to get along. You don’t want people working together getting beyond hate and animosity. Keep spewing your hate so people can see what your about. Your nothing more than bullys.

  • jack

    I don’t think any ads should be banned unless they purposely offend. The word banned is not in my dictionary. America has been [over the decades] taking away more and more of our freedoms. And this is just another example of an eventual police state where our society is muzzled. Then again, it appears the police state is already here.

  • ThorsteinVeblen2012

    Soda Stream is made on an illegal settlement in the “Occupied Territories” Stolen land.

    It is not Israel land. It is not in Israel. If the West Bank is in Israel then the Palestinians who live there should be able to vote in Israeli elections.

    Johansson ditched her gig at Oxfam to make money doing commercials.

  • Draxx

    The Bigger Issue is actually the Squashing of Freedom of Speech and Choice of Employment…
    We all have to the choice of not buying any product advertised, that is a personal decision!

  • RickVB

    Ever hear of the saying “all’s fair in love and war”?
    You start a war, you get your ass kicked, you lose any land you retreat from. It’s been the way of the world for 10,000 years. Deal with it.

  • Anonymous

    Someone should tell her that “Palestine” is a region (originally encompassing Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, and parts of what are now other legitimate nations), NOT a country. Don’t give it nationhood status. It’s NOT.

  • ThorsteinVeblen2012

    I’ve heard that saying it comes from Shakespeare, not a court of law. They say that in the movies, where you apparently received your education.

    There are international laws about seizing property. Even during war governments cannot indiscriminately seize individual’s property. But what would you know. You still think nothing has changed in 10,000 years.

  • ergobob

    RickVB
    Your are correct 100% ! It seems like the losers think they won. Kind of screwed up logic.
    They started the conflict and vowed to eliminate Israel !
    They got their ass kicked several times! I think we shouldn’t have convinced the Israelis to stop when they did!!
    The Hamas and PLO are just so pissed they lost.
    Next time if they. Start another war it will be their last!
    Israel will live forever ! After all the Israelis are Gods chosen people!
    NOT the Arabs :)

  • Anonymous

    Sorry, NO! On every other issue, Scarlett Johansson is a flaming liberal (Marxist/progressive/Socialist), which equates to being an anti-constitutionalist. How many fires has she run into to save lives? How has she sacrificed of herself for the benefit of someone else? Stop trying to rewrite the definition of HERO. I’ve met heroes and Scarlett Johansson is no hero.

  • justathinker

    Businesses that pay people reinforce poverty?? Oxfam are apparently communist and are stupid, not just ignorant of their illogic. (sic)

  • Kathleen Marion

    Yes you are right Jordan stole that land from Israel in 1948 and when Jordan got greedy and thought they would steal more land in 1967 they got their ass whooped by Israel and Israel took THEIR land back. Get your history straight before you make accusations. The company employs 900 Palestinians and advocates equal rights for both Israelis and Palestinians. Those that live within the Israeli boarders DO vote in the Israeli elections and they have Palestinian members of the Knesset. You are just plain dumb beyond words if you don’t know the FACTS. Don’t educate yourself with propaganda it’s just another fancy word for lies.

  • Kathleen Marion

    Yes and Jordan violated that international law in 1948 by stealing the West Bank, Jerusalem, etc. Israel only took back what was taken from them.

  • RickVB

    Hah! You’re livin’ on pink bubbles and moonbeams. Take off your rose colored glasses. You probably still believe that if you like your doctor, you can keep him.

  • SL

    Stolen from whom? Since there has never been a Palestine, and Jordan renounced all claims to the land, just whom do you think is supposed to live there?
    And btw, any Arab that chose NOT to leave Israel, DOES vote in Israeli elections, which is why there are Arab parties and members of the Knesset.

  • SL

    Actually all of Judea, Samaria, the Golan and Gaza were intended to be part of Israel.
    After the UN declaration, the Arab Armies attacked, and with no assistance from the outside world, Israel managed to barely hold on to the “1967″ lines (which really means the 1948 lines).
    In the 6 day war, Israel recaptured much of this territory (and then returned some of it) from Jordan, Syria and Egypt.

    Jordan officially renounced ANY claim to this land in 1988.

  • Anonymous

    The West Bank is a GIFT! It’s ceded territory that was rightly won in a war. The fact that the made up ethnic group the Palestinians (Palestine is a Roman word, not an Arabic one) get to live there is a privilege.

  • Anonymous

    But you see, the West Bank is Israeli property to begin with. They are “seizing” something that is already theirs.

  • Anonymous

    When you use liberal and tolerance in the same sentence, it is tongue-in-cheek. It’s their little joke on everyone else.

  • 1Cichfishy

    Didn’t see this coming from a Hollywood type. Keep up the good work girl!

  • Anonymous

    This just underscores the hatefilled heart that the world has toward the Jews. They are willing to ignore the good that is being done on the West Bank as the workers of this company work side by side for their common good. The world’s Palestinian “puppets” don’t want the facts, they just want to fuel the fires of their hate. They would rather pressure the gullible governments of the world that there can be no peace in the Middle East because of Israel. The reality is that the common people could care less about their politics. They just want to take care of their families and walk the streets of their cities and towns without fear.
    But their radical leaders want to pour salt in the festering wound of Anti-Semitism to continue their hatefilled agenda. We need to remember that the only real friend that we have in the Middle East is the Israelis. Everyone else want to take advantage of our wealth that bolsters their economy with our oil-dollars and foreign aid.
    Persoanally, I think that what we ought to do is tie the price of a bushel of wheat to the price of a barrel of oil. They can’t eat their sand and drink their oil. I wonder how long their people would put up with the additional deprivation they would gain from their government’s policies.
    We need to build the Keystone pipeline to stop this nonsense of dependence on those who wish to destroy our freedom and the freedoms of the rest of the world. They just can’t stand to see peace in their land. It would mean that their people would have the freedom to believe the truth instead of their lies.
    We in America need to recognize the same thing. We have the reedom to seek the truth and be armed to refuse the lies that we are being fed by our government. We have the Constitution and over 200 years of freedom that show how well that works. We don’t need to blindly accept the lies when with a little effort we can know the truth about the state of affairs we have in America.

  • “Jolly Roger “

    and our entire geo-political structure, they aren’t really jews either, some of us call them EDOMITES

  • ThorsteinVeblen2012

    So you’re saying the Bible isn’t a moral guide to behavior but rather a land deed.

    It’s doesn’t matter that these people owned this land for a thousand years, that their ancestors were likely Jews and Christians who may have converted to Islam so as not to pay taxes as much as any other reason.

    If you toss aside the moral issues of Judaism and Christianity regarding stealing what do you stand for?

  • Anonymous

    Ms. Johansson is Jewish. That she gets ridicule and scorn for supoorting a company that should be a positive, peaceful and uniting example in that wretched part of the world shows how misguided the pundits in Hollywood are.

  • ThorsteinVeblen2012

    You used a bunch of words to say nothing.

    Saying laws are only agreements is like saying treaties are made to be broken.

    None of what you said addresses the legitimacy of the Bible to take someone property. If the Bible is a moral guide what is the morality of stealing land in the name of God?

  • Anonymous

    Wait, these private companies have the right to accept or reject any ads they want. Glenn, I thought you were for freedom!

  • Anonymous

    Not Jews, Israelis. Not every Jew is an Israeli.

  • Anonymous

    It IS a land deed, in a manner of speaking. Read the Exodus some time and how God led the Israelites out of Egypt taking the form of a pillar of smoke. Read also how the Exodus finally ended 40 years later with God himself still leading, the Israelites drove all the inhabitants out of the promised land that God had set aside for them. When God himself sets land aside for you, and helps you clear it of the previous inhabitants, there is no stronger claim of title.

  • ThorsteinVeblen2012

    Thank you.

    So we can dismiss the Bible as a moral guide.

    You can displace people from their homes, cut down their orchards and in every other imaginable way abuse them because the God you believe says it is just.

    Your God is the Devil.

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t bring up the Bible, I was rather referring to the land that was won in 1948. The Palestinians want to wipe the Jews out. They’re too dumb to figure out how. The Bible IS all the land deed I need to recognize. Why don’t you go ahead and join Hitler in that warm little place where all the other people who hate the Jews are dwelling for eternity. I for one know what the Bible says, YOU have no clue about Christian morality or you wouldn’t be twisting the idea of the State of Israel into what it’s not.

  • Hutch King

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  • ThorsteinVeblen2012

    Jews lived with Muslims in Palestine for over a thousand years. So how did the Muslims suddenly decide they were going to wipe the Jews out?

    If the Bible is a moral guide to behavior how can it justify taking someone else’s property, land their families have lived on for hundreds of years, perhaps a thousand? These Palestinians who lives mean nothing to you are both Christian and Muslim. They may even have been Jews who converted.

    To prove how feeble your reasoning is you accuse me of being a Nazi and a Jew hater without any evidence to support your slander. I suppose not hating Palestinian Muslims and Christians is all the evidence you need.

  • Anonymous

    Jew basher in Jew bashing denial. I’m not taking the bait.