Hollywood: Say No To Saudi Blood Money

No Meeting or Dealing with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman when he visits LA.


To Disney chief Bob Iger, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group chairman Jeff Shell, NBCUniversal vice chairman Ron Meyer, and 21st Century Fox president Peter Rice:

If #MeToo and #HimToo mean anything, they can't mean that Hollywood takes money from Mohammed bin Salman, leader of one of the world's most misogynistic, patriarchal and repressive regimes.

Today the LA Times reported  that during his trip to the United States, that began on Monday, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman will visit Los Angeles, where among other business leaders he and his entourage will not only meet major defense contractors such as Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing, but also with executives at Disney and other entertainment leaders. 

We demand/call upon/urge Hollywood to refuse to meet with bin Salman, a mass murderer, war criminal and absolute dictator who is not only the de facto leader of one of the world's most repressive regimes  but has single-handedly led the charge in one of the most disastrous conflicts of the post-cold War era with his relentless war on the people of Yemen. 

Recent stories about Saudi women finally being allowed to drive and even attend sporting events might have the patina of a feel-good Hollywood screenplay, but the reality is that Saudi women, and men as well, remain deprived of almost every conceivable political and civil right. Even worse, bin Salman's war in Yemen, launched when he was Defense Minister, has killed  tens of thousands of civilians, caused the world's worst cholera outbreak  in decades, the worst humanitarian disaster  since World War II —worse even than  Syria, destroyed numerous irreplaceable world heritage sites, and has pushed the Middle East closer to disintegration than it's been since the first World War. 

Hundreds of thousands of desperately poor foreign workers who supply most of the Kingdom's menial labor and service jobs have even fewer rights, and suffer extreme abuse, including public beheadings and crucifixion. And despite pledges of pushing for religious reform, the Saudi government and wealthy elite remain the world's biggest backers of Islamic extremism globally.

Precisely how does this record square with the values espoused by the Walt Disney Company, MGM, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, and Hollywood more broadly? How can Hollywood justify meeting with, never mind doing deals with, a man who only a month ago was holding much of his countries wealthiest businessmen hostage, reportedly hanging them upside down and even torturing them to death, in what is easily history's most public and brazen shakedown — to the tune of over $100 billion that went straight into his pocket, which will no doubt go to fuel more war, religious extremism and repression?

We call on Hollywood to stand up for the values that were on display at the Oscars, say no to racism, sexism, extreme violence and repression, and refuse to meet or do business with bin Salman or any representative of the Saudi government until it ends its murderous war on Yemen and the innumerable other large-scale abuses of human rights and international law that have long defined business as usual in the Kingdom.

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  • paula moats
    signed 2018-05-10 01:23:11 -0400
  • James Michael
    signed 2018-05-01 02:27:46 -0400
  • Christina Eater
    signed 2018-04-27 15:30:46 -0400
  • Farhad Montazeri
    signed 2018-04-13 03:20:43 -0400
    Saudi Arabian Kingdom is a repressive theocracy based on a puritan sunni ideology called Wahhabism. It has nothinng in common with America and American value and can only serve as a tool for today’s America’s Hegemony of the world, which is a major issue in and off itself.
  • Michael Terry
    signed 2018-04-12 01:06:22 -0400
  • West Smith
    signed 2018-04-10 19:23:54 -0400
    President Trump is running America into the ground.

     

    He’s supporting brutal dictators, targeting Muslims and other minorities with hateful policy, and bringing out the very worst divisions in us.

     

    It terrifies me to see President Trump make America more like those corrupt dictatorship regimes through out the world.

     

    I’ve watched him fire officials investigating him, launch a full-scale attack on our free press, and even call for his political opponents to be locked up in jail.

     

    He’s praised the world’s most violent dictators — and he’s even suggested his term as President should be made permanent.


    I’ve never seen the kind of all-out assault on democracy that the Trump administration has unleashed over the past year.


    His administration has targeted immigrants and refugees, disabled people, communities of color, LGBTQ people and more.


    These attacks go beyond battles over civil liberties and civil rights; they are attacks on basic tenets of democracy — checks & balances, the rule of law, and separation of church and state.


    All lawmakers in any party who are doing NOTHING to stop Trump MUST be voted out of office.
  • Renata La Rovere
    signed 2018-04-10 18:29:43 -0400
  • Susan Wright
    signed 2018-04-10 16:29:23 -0400
    I strongly support this petition.
  • Rodger Kroell
    signed 2018-04-10 14:53:09 -0400
  • Gonzalo Lopez
    signed 2018-04-10 10:31:40 -0400
  • Renee Ayetin
    signed 2018-04-10 06:47:36 -0400
    Amazing how these people will ignore this genocidal war in Yemen and shake hands with mbs. Then go lecture ppl about me too and protecting children , and fake values .
  • Bernardo alayza mujica
    signed 2018-04-10 05:10:12 -0400
  • marc silverman
    signed 2018-04-10 02:15:07 -0400
  • Cathy O'Leary Carey
    signed 2018-04-10 02:02:57 -0400
  • Iraj Yamin-Esfandiary
    signed 2018-04-09 23:50:11 -0400
  • Hameed Saba
    signed 2018-04-09 23:23:40 -0400
  • Percy Hicks-Severn
    signed 2018-04-09 23:18:02 -0400
  • John Pasqua
    signed 2018-04-09 21:18:25 -0400
  • Robert Reed
    signed 2018-04-09 19:57:30 -0400
  • Dineo Maine
    signed 2018-04-09 19:48:58 -0400
  • Michael Nilsson
    signed 2018-04-09 18:48:18 -0400
  • Walter Schlosser
    signed 2018-04-09 18:10:24 -0400
  • David Downing
    signed 2018-04-09 17:30:43 -0400
  • Dr. Mha Atma S Khalsa
    signed 2018-04-09 17:22:26 -0400
  • jovita harrah
    signed 2018-04-09 17:09:25 -0400
    America’s weapons should be used for defense not attacking other people and using it for profits.

    End the arms race now starting with the USA.
  • Stephen Wallace
    signed 2018-04-09 16:47:27 -0400
  • Val Sanfilippo
    signed 2018-04-09 16:22:21 -0400
    Stop US war on 15 countries
  • william kosareff
    signed 2018-04-09 15:40:55 -0400
    2 many nations like being rewarded for malpractice of respectability,…they do NOT practice being respectable.NO arms deals for them.
  • Connie Stomper
    signed 2018-04-09 15:40:30 -0400
  • Meaghan simpson
    signed via 2018-04-09 15:38:10 -0400
    Shit!!! OY VAY!!! Warmongers criminals on steroids! Arrest these insane immoral illegal SAUDI ARABIANS and fine them for $$$Trillions and lock them up in GUANTANAMO prison and force feed them smoothies of FRACKING waste poisons PETRO CHEMS and give them the terrorist special spa treatments of high colonic enemas of FRACKING waste poison cocktails!!!…until they die!!!
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