During the current conflict in Gaza a number of celebrities have voiced their opinions in support of either the Israeli or Palestinian positions. But others—be it during Operation Protective Edge or at other times—have gone further than simply supporting the Palestinians by actively supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, making false accusations about the Jewish state, ignoring Israel’s position on the conflict, or justifying the actions of the terrorist group Hamas. Many of these celebrities also endorse popular brands and products.
Caption: Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz. Credit: Joelle Maslaton and David Torcivia via Wikimedia Commons.
Click photo to download. Caption: Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters. Credit: Jethro via Wikimedia Commons.
The following is a list of such celebrities and some of the brands they have endorsed:
Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem
On July 28, actors Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, who are married, signed an open letter along with dozens of other Spanish film stars, directors, musicians, and writers, including renowned director Pedro Almodovar, denouncing Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza as “genocide.” (JNS.org published a rebuttal of the letter here.)
Click photo to download. Caption: Russell Brand. Credit: Eva Rinaldi via Wikimedia Commons.
Cruz has endorsed products such as Lancôme, L’Oréal, Mango, Ralph Lauren, and Agent Provocateur. Bardem, who made a cameo appearance in Cruz’s Agent Provocateur ad, also appeared in a campaign for Doctors Without Borders.
Roger Waters of Pink Floyd
Roger Waters, front man for the band Pink Floyd, has long been an outspoken supporter of the BDS movement. In addition to refusing to perform in Israel and calling on other musicians to cancel their planned concerts there, Waters featured a giant pig-shaped balloon emblazoned with a Star of David in a 2013 concert, prompting accusations of anti-Semitism. He has also compared Israelis to Nazis.
In the 1990s, Volkswagen sponsored the tours of several bands, including Pink Floyd, and issued a special edition Golf car named after the band.
Click photo to download. Caption: Zayn Malik. Credit: Eva Rinaldi via Wikimedia Commons.
In the midst of the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, British comedian Russell Brand posted a YouTube video criticizing Fox News host Sean Hannity’s interview with Palestinian-American guest Yousef Munayyer. In the video, Brand said Hamas terrorists might use “what we would perceive or term as acts of terror” to defend themselves against Israel.
In 2011, Brand appeared in a commercial for the HP TouchPad.
Zayn Malik of One Direction