Published: 30 January 2014
Oxfam has accepted Scarlett Johansson’s decision to step down after eight years as a Global Ambassador and we are grateful for her many contributions.
While Oxfam respects the independence of our ambassadors, Ms. Johansson’s role promoting the company SodaStream is incompatible with her role as an Oxfam Global Ambassador.
Oxfam believes that businesses, such as SodaStream, that operate in settlements further the ongoing poverty and denial of rights of the Palestinian communities that we work to support.
Oxfam is opposed to all trade from Israeli settlements, which are illegal under international law. Ms. Johansson has worked with Oxfam since 2005 and in 2007 became a Global Ambassador, helping to highlight the impact of natural disasters and raise funds to save lives and fight poverty.
*****Comment: Geez hey dumbass Scarlett Johansson. Why do folks place so much faith in celebrities?
Most of these folks are just dumbasses with no real principles. Her deal with SodaStream must have been quite lucrative.
Same is true for Matt Damon who joined uber jackass George Clooney to pitch for Nespresso (Nescafe). Damon is the same fool who says he lived next door to Howard Zinn and was indelibly influenced by his political influence.
Seems to me he needs to rethink the extent of influence he can claim.
That aside, for more discussion see "Scarlett Johansson steps down from Oxfam ambassador role" (Guardian: January 30).
Also see Professor Jamil Khader's article entitled "On Scarlett Johansson and 'Blood Bubbles'" (AlJazeera: January 28).
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