Hollywood film producer Jason Blum was booed off the stage at the Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles after going into an anti-Trump tirade during a speech he was invited to deliver.
During his speech, Blum, known for horror films such as Get Out and the latest re-boot of Halloween, turned political with a broadside against Donald Trump and the American right but before he got very far into his comments, members of the audience began booing and some even walked out in disgust over his hijacking of the film festival.
The imbroglio occurred last week just after Election Day, according to Vanity Fair.
When Blum began slamming America, some in the audience voiced their displeasure by loudly booing. Blum gave retort to the booers saying, “The great thing about this country is you can like Trump, but I don’t have to … I don’t like him.”
The audience continued booing and Blum again responded saying, “You can boo all you want, that’s the great thing about America.”
Them Blum disingenuously blamed the booing on Donald Trump saying, “As you can see from the auditorium, we have seen the end of civil discourse. We have a president who calls the press the enemy of the people. Thanks to our president, anti-Semitism is on the rise in the United States.”
But as the booing got louder, Beverly Hills Pawn cast member Yossi Dina jumped up on stage and tried to grab Blum’s arm to drag him away from the podium.
Blum complained “Now I’m being physically removed” adding “which is why Trump is not the right guy for us.”
Officials of the festival came to Blum’s side and denounced their own audience:
For 32 years, the Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles has presented more than 1,000 feature films, documentaries, television dramas, and short films to close to 1 million filmgoers and brought hundreds of Israeli filmmakers to the U.S. to share their art. Last night, at the opening of the 32nd edition, the festival honored two highly esteemed filmmakers, producer Jason Blum and writer-director Avi Nesher, for their great contributions to cinema. Through their work, they entertain audiences around the world. Their artistic expression and opinions are their own and, fortunately, the U.S. protects their freedom of speech. While some may not agree with one’s point of view, many have fought and lost their lives for the very fundamental right to articulate their thoughts, opinions, and ideas without fear of retaliation.
“Over the past three decades, we have never shied away from allowing a filmmaker or actor to express themselves either personally or through their work,” said Meir Fenigstein, the festival director and founder. “We have often highlighted films that some may deem not to their liking or are controversial. We in no way condone violence but do wholeheartedly support dialogue that allows people to share ideas and viewpoints in a respectful way. Sadly, some audience members at last night’s opening greatly lacked that respect and turned an evening of celebration and recognition into something else.
“This is the first time we have ever experienced anything like this,” Fenigstein continued. “I am in total shock, but I realize that yesterday was a very tense day in America with the elections.”
A majority of the 1,200-plus audience was respectful as Blum was making his remarks. To be clear, the festival did not in any way remove Jason Blum from the stage. To protect him when an audience member in no way associated with the festival charged the podium, the festival security ushered Blum off the stage.
Since he was unable to give his speech, Blum later posted it to Twitter.
Of course, Blum didn’t bother to note that the treatment he got — which was incredibly lenient — is exactly the sort of stuff conservatives have faced at places like universities every single time they try to speak.
Indeed, as poor Mr. Blum got a few boos, leftists and their Antifa thugs have actually destroyed property to stop conservatives from speaking.
While Mr. Blum came and went all on his own, conservatives need armed security guards to protect them.
Blum’s whining is disingenuous. Completely.
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