Scarlett Johansson said she had no regrets about starring in a SodaStream commercial for the Super Bowl, even though the decision led to her resignation as an ambassador for Oxfam, in an interview with Britain’s Observer newspaper Sunday.
Talking to the paper ahead of the release of her new sci-fi film “Under the Skin,” Johansson denied that the SodaStream spot was a mistake.
“No, I stand behind that decision,” she said. Referring to SodaStream’s factory in the West Bank, which employs Palestinians, Israeli Arabs and Israeli Jews, she said, “I was aware of that particular factory before I signed.”
“Really?” the interviewer asked.
“Yes, and… it still doesn’t seem like a problem,” Johansson answered. “Until someone has a solution to the closing of that factory to leaving all those people destitute, that doesn’t seem like the solution to the problem.”
She explained, “I’m coming into this as someone who sees that factory as a model for some sort of movement forward in a seemingly impossible situation.”
Pushing Johansson on the Oxfam fallout, the interviewer said, “People saw you making a choice between Oxfam–a charity that is out to alleviate global poverty–and accepting a lot of money to advertise a product for a commercial company. For a lot of people, that’s like making a choice between charity–good–and lots of money–greed.”
Johansson responded with a critique of Oxfam: “Sure I think that’s the way you can look at it. But I also think for a non-governmental organization to be supporting something that’s supporting a political cause… there’s something that feels not right about that to me. There’s plenty of evidence that Oxfam does support and has funded a BDS movement in the past. It’s something that can’t really be denied.”
Watch the SodaStream commercial that started it all below:
J-Connection: Scarlett Johansson’s mother is Jewish, and the actress has said that she considers herself Jewish.