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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  • eric mann
    signed 2018-04-01 18:58:40 -0400
    I was appalled by Sixty Minutes puff piece, “white wash” of this U.S. supported regime—with the most “softball” questions as if to cover themselves and then allowing him in a robot like tranlator’s voice to “rebut” them simply by denying mass murder. Thanks to Code Pink for your wonderful work.
  • Pedro Guevara
    signed 2018-04-01 18:53:30 -0400
    All who have compassion will stand together against this fascist prince!

    Nothing, for this fascist, mass murderer, Stand together, for what is Right!
  • Patrick Sinclair
    signed 2018-04-01 18:49:09 -0400
  • Lynne Moore Moore
    signed 2018-04-01 18:22:48 -0400
  • Ann Peterpaul
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-04-01 18:17:09 -0400
    Sign the petition: Hollywood: Say No To Saudi Blood Money
  • Ann Peterpaul
    signed 2018-04-01 18:16:54 -0400
  • David Morrow
    @MorrowWarrior tweeted link to this page. 2018-04-01 18:11:39 -0400
    Sign the petition: Hollywood: Say No To Saudi Blood Money http://www.codepink.org/saudi_blood_money?recruiter_id=741260
  • David Morrow
    signed 2018-04-01 18:11:24 -0400
    The Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is vile and disgusting. He should’ve never stepped foot into this country because he’s involved in the destruction of Yemen and its people.
  • Josie Lenwell
    signed via 2018-04-01 18:09:38 -0400
  • Dana Clasby
    signed 2018-04-01 18:03:53 -0400
  • Peter Friedman
    signed 2018-04-01 17:56:16 -0400
  • Robert Mcdonnell
    signed 2018-04-01 17:44:28 -0400
  • Mohamed Dadabhoy
    signed 2018-04-01 17:40:37 -0400
  • Marie Fitzsimmons
    signed 2018-04-01 17:35:35 -0400
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  • Manzar Foroohar
    signed 2018-04-01 17:31:35 -0400
  • Raymond Gordon
    signed 2018-04-01 17:31:15 -0400
  • Anthony Castillo
    signed 2018-04-01 17:15:58 -0400
  • Sharon Tipton
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-04-01 17:11:47 -0400
    Sign the petition: Hollywood: Say No To Saudi Blood Money
  • Sharon Tipton
    @Flowerguerrilly tweeted link to this page. 2018-04-01 17:11:44 -0400
    Sign the petition: Hollywood: Say No To Saudi Blood Money http://www.codepink.org/saudi_blood_money?recruiter_id=17735
  • Sharon Tipton
    signed 2018-04-01 17:11:22 -0400
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  • Sigrid Feliciano
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    @RoibearddeUna tweeted link to this page. 2018-04-01 16:42:34 -0400
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  • Robert Rizzuto
    signed 2018-04-01 16:42:21 -0400
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    signed via 2018-04-01 16:22:24 -0400
  • Matthew Danielczyk
    signed 2018-04-01 14:50:50 -0400
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  • Colby Groves
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