Mark Ruffalo apologises for supporting Palestine, says there's 'no genocide'

Published 25 May, 2021 12:18pm

Images Staff

People are disappointed with him and believe his sudden change has to do with money.

Photo: Reuters
Photo: Reuters

Oh no, Mark Ruffalo, not you too.

The Hulk has been a vocal advocate against violence in Palestine and was one of the small group of celebrities — that is shrinking as we speak — that actually called out Israel instead of making generic statements calling for peace on both sides.

But that changed on Tuesday when he posted a tweet apologising for his earlier tweets.

"I have reflected and wanted to apologise for posts during the recent Israel/Hamas fighting that suggested Israel is committing “genocide”," he wrote. "It’s not accurate, it’s inflammatory, disrespectful and is being used to justify antisemitism here and abroad. Now is the time to avoid hyperbole."

His earlier tweets are still up but it remains to be seen if he'll go on a social media cleanse.

People were disappointed by his sudden switch and sought to correct him.

They also noted that he wasn't the first celebrity to backtrack on their support for Palestine.

Model Bella Hadid, who has been very vocal about her pro-Palestine stance, posted (and later deleted) an Instagram Story and tweet where she called for "peace, co-existence and equality", with accompanying flags of the two states, Israel and Palestine. Hotel heiress Paris Hilton posted a pro-Palestine tweet before quickly deleting it in favour of a more 'neutral' message.

Many Twitter users said Ruffalo's change of opinion was probably because was money (or movies) at stake.

It is unfortunate but not unsurprising to see the few celebrities who supported distance themselves from the pro-Palestine movement and backtrack on their earlier messages of support.

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