It's no secret that Mark Ruffalo is one of the most outspoken celebrities online and whenever a controversial subject comes up, the Hulk actor is among the people to use their social media platform in airing their sentiments, oftentimes regarding socio-political topics. Naturally, Mark's opinions make him prone to being targetted by cancel culture, and just recently, the Avengers star fell victim to exactly that.
In a now-deleted tweet, Ruffalo suggested that Israel committed "genocide" following the 11-day hostility between the country and Gaza that sent shockwaves all across the globe. Ruffalo even compared the situation to apartheid-era South Africa which got him in trouble. The said tweet, posted on May 11 writes: "1500 Palestinians face expulsion in #Jerusalem. 200 protesters have been injured. 9 children have been killed. Sanctions on South Africa helped free its black people – it’s time for sanctions on Israel to free Palestinians. Join the call. #SheikhJarrah."
Days following the social media fiasco, Mark issued an apology to the people he offended, claiming that he had time to reflect and acknowledged that his previous statement was inaccurate and disrespectful. "I have reflected & wanted to apologize for posts during the recent Israel/Hamas fighting that suggested Israel is committing “genocide”. It’s not accurate, it’s inflammatory, disrespectful & is being used to justify antisemitism here & abroad. Now is the time to avoid hyperbole."
I have reflected & wanted to apologize for posts during the recent Israel/Hamas fighting that suggested Israel is committing “genocide”. It’s not accurate, it’s inflammatory, disrespectful & is being used to justify antisemitism here & abroad. Now is the time to avoid hyperbole.— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) May 25, 2021
This move obviously didn't sit well with a lot of fans who initially praised the actor for standing up to Palestinians. Taking to Twitter, people blasted Ruffalo into oblivion for taking back his previous statement, reiterating that Israel did in fact commit genocide in Gaza. Check out the reactions below:
me after killing my love and affection for Mark Ruffalo after his disgusting denial of the genocide Israel is committing in Gaza pic.twitter.com/7F6SFfwNei— yikes yaar (@ajeebpaagal) May 26, 2021
If Mark Ruffalo can backtrack on ‘Israel is committing genocide against Palestinians’ what’s stopping him from doing so with us?— Wagon Burner (@oodhamboi) May 25, 2021
I wonder if Mark Ruffalo has seen this. It’s genocide bro. Sorry if the truth hurts. pic.twitter.com/LQyKQjkrbn— Chad (@_kidlifted) May 25, 2021
Me believing that Mark Ruffalo would be one of the the only celebrities with balls to speak out against Israeli genocide pic.twitter.com/Dvv3Hee7LA— Justforfun (@Justtforfuunn) May 25, 2021
So no more @MarkRuffalo movies for me, thanks.— Jasonjohn (@Jason_John2) May 25, 2021
Any others that deserve a cancel??
never seen a coward as big as Mark Ruffalo lol, man just took the biggest U-turn in the quickest time— (@darthmemes) May 25, 2021
It's quite unfortunate that Mark had to feel the wrath of "cancel culturists" but let's be honest, it was bound to happen especially since the majority of people on Twitter are pro-Palestine. In other news, Ruffalo's MCU career is far from over and as per recent reports, Bruce Banner will make his return to the franchise in the upcoming Disney+ series She-Hulk top-billed by Tatiana Maslany.
She-Hulk is slated for release sometime in 2022.
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