In a striking commentary on celebrity activism, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova has criticized several Hollywood stars for their public stances on global conflicts, including the Israeli-Palestinian situation, according to the media Newsweek.
Among those mentioned were Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, Morgan Freeman, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
During a Russian TV appearance, Zakharova questioned the sincerity of these celebrities' involvement in international issues.
She specifically referred to a video clip where Angelina Jolie visited Lviv, Ukraine, and alleged that Jolie appeared to be reading off a teleprompter, implying a lack of genuine understanding or connection to the Ukrainian situation.
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Zakharova extended her criticism to other actors like Morgan Freeman and Arnold Schwarzenegger, accusing them of speaking about Ukraine without a comprehensive understanding of the situation.
She suggested that these celebrities might be motivated more by financial incentives than genuine concern, although she did not provide concrete evidence to support this claim.
Contrary to Zakharova's insinuations, George Clooney has been actively involved in advocating against the atrocities in the Sudanese region of Darfur.
His efforts contributed to the U.S. government's recognition of the conflict as genocide and the subsequent indictment of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for war crimes.
The comments have stirred a debate on the role of celebrities in global political and humanitarian issues.
While Zakharova criticizes their involvement as superficial and possibly financially driven, the past actions of some stars like Clooney indicate a deeper commitment to certain causes.