Jason Blum, who produced movies such as “Get Out” and “Whiplash,” probably didn’t get the reaction he was looking for at the Israel Film Festival.
“Tonight we have much to celebrate with the opening of the 32nd Israeli Film Festival, but at the same time today, Americans went to the polls to exercise our right to vote. I have been quietly checking my phone and we’re doing pretty well. The election results are pouring in as I speak and a lot is on the line,” Blum said.
“A lot is on the line — the last two years have been hard for all of us who cherish the freedom as citizens of this country,” he continued.
Everyone knew where he was going. He’s an anti-Trump twerp. Things started to get UGLY.
“The great thing about this country is that you can like [Donald] Trump, but I don’t have to, and I can say what I feel about it — and I don’t like it!,” he responded as a few people started walking out of the Steve Tisch Cinema Center inside the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills.
Blum went on as the booing got louder and more aggressive, with shouting and whistling disrupting him.
“As you can see from this auditorium, it’s the end of civil discourse,” he continued. “We have a president who calls the press the enemy of the people. Thanks to our president, anti-Semitism is on the rise.”
Blum tried to speak further as a man approached the stage and aggressively attempted to pull Blum down. The person was identified as Yossi Dina, an Israeli pawnbroker who starred on a reality TV show called Beverly Hills Pawn.
More people rushed to interfere and Blum was asked to leave the stage as dozens left the auditorium in protest.
IFF director and founder Meir Fenigstein told THR that “this is the first time we have ever experienced anything like this and I am in total shock, but I understand that this is a very tense day in America with the elections.”
He added: “This is not the place for politics, and I remain apolitical.”
“What we just experienced was an unfortunate event, a lack of democracy and freedom of expression,” said Israeli actress and In Treatment producer Noa Tishby outside the auditorium. “I am saddened by the response of the audience to the important criticism Jason Blum has voiced onstage. He should’ve been respected. I would like to apologize to Jason on behalf of the Israeli community. There were a lot more people in the audience who supported what he said.”
Here’s the video:
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) November 7, 2018
They just can’t help themselves. Can they?