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ScarJo leaves Oxfam role

Scarlett Johansson has stepped down as the global ambassador for Oxfam amid a "difference of opinion".

The Hitchcock actress had served as the charity’s global ambassador since 2007. Her role involved raising funds and awareness about global poverty, and saw her travel to India, Sri Lanka and Kenya.

When 29-year-old Scarlett was announced as the first global brand ambassador of SodaStream International this month, it is said to have caused a "fundamental difference of opinion" with Oxfam.

"Scarlett Johansson has respectfully decided to end her ambassador role with Oxfam 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," her rep said in a statement.

SodaStream is an Israeli company that operates in the West Bank, something the humanitarian charity Oxfam opposes.

After Scarlett signed on to front the at-home fizzy drink campaign, Oxfam states that it was "considering the implications of her new statement and what it means for Ms Johansson's role as an Oxfam global ambassador".

Coming under fire, Scarlett said she was a "supporter of economic co-operation and social interaction between a democratic Israel and Palestine".

Scarlett's SodaStream advert will premier during the Super Bowl on Sunday, one of the biggest sporting events in the calendar year.

The advert has already been in trouble, and had to remove some of the original lines. According to USA Today the commercial was initially rejected by Fox, who air the Super Bowl.

The line, "Sorry Coke and Pepsi," has now been removed, and instead Scarlett says: "If only there was some way I could make this message go viral," before she removes a white robe to reveal a navy dress that shows off her famous curves.

Scarlett has revealed that she's a big fan of the make-it-yourself drink and told People magazine: "I have been pushing SodaStream to my family for years. I buy it for my friends as housewarming gifts and I have it everywhere I go.

"When I film I have it in my trailer and they outfit the whole craft service table with it. I have it everywhere just because I love it so much.”

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