Scarlett Johansson: Goodbye Oxfam International
She’s created quite a dust-up with her support for Israeli company SodaStream, and Scarlett Johansson parted ways with Oxfam International after serving as a global ambassador for the charity since 2007.
The “We Bought A Zoo” actress released a statement via her spokesperson, explaining she backed out of her position because of Oxfam’s opposition of all trade from Israeli settlements.
Scarlett’s rep explained, “Ms. Johansson has a fundamental difference of opinion with Oxfam. She has respectfully decided to end her ambassador role after eight years.”
“She and Oxfam have a fundamental difference of opinion in regards to the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. She is very proud of her accomplishments and fundraising efforts during her tenure with Oxfam.”
In response, Oxfam’s rep stated, “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.”