Despite what many in the entertainment industry seem to think, people are tired of politics being brought to all possible areas of life. Hollywood producer Jason Blum discovered this after he chose, bizarrely, to use a film festival as a forum to discuss his anti-Trump views.
Blum, who is the founder of Blumhouse Productions and produced critically acclaimed films such as "Get Out" and "Whiplash", was honored at the Beverly Hills Film Festival on Tuesday.
The Israel Film Festival is sponsored by the Adelson Foundation, created by billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who has been a strong supporter of President Donald Trump.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, during Blum's acceptance speech, he took the opportunity to address the president.
"Tonight we have a lot to celebrate with the opening of the 32nd Israel Film Festival, but at the same time, Americans went to the polls to exercise our voting rights," Blum said.
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"I have been checking my phone quietly and we are doing very well," he continued, to which some members of the audience replied, "It depends on who."
"The election results are coming as I speak, and a lot is at stake," Blum said. "The best thing about this country is that you may like Trump, but I do not need it, and I can tell you what I feel about it – and I do not like it!"
But many people in the audience were not satisfied with their anti-Trump comments or with their policy injection into what should be a movie celebration. Some began to leave, while many of those who were booed while Blum continued his irrelevant roll.
As it was heard in the video, a voice called it in memory: "It's a film festival!"
Watch: Jason Blum was booed and physically removed from the stage of the Israel Film Festival after making controversial political statements about Trump https://t.co/1nAyogEP8i pic.twitter.com/sH80NZVq7B
– Hollywood Reporter (@THR) November 7, 2018
Blum continued his political speech as the audience whistled and booed louder and more people came out.
Forcibly removed by security! What a shame! I w there! This w is not a political rally w which a Film Awards Event! I'm ashamed to call you a Jew! Get used to 2 elect us @POTUS @realDonaldTrump in 2020! #KAG I so I like @jamieleecurtis and agree 2 disagree politically pic.twitter.com/XWIRF43Lfn
– Dr.Estella Sneider (@DrEstella) November 7, 2018
"As you can see in this auditorium, it is 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 had to leave the stage with a security escort, while some members of the audience tried to push him away from the podium.
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He was wrong to cite the public's reaction as "the end of civil discourse." If he were speaking at a political rally, that's one thing. But he was appearing at a film festival as a movie producer, accepting a prize. How does this have anything to do with politics?
The public had as much right to exercise their freedom of speech as he did. Though he might want to, Blum could not control their reaction to what he was saying-he could only control what he was saying.
He was probably expecting a warm reception for his anti-Trump sermon. Too bad for him that many people are exasperated at being lectured by Hollywood hotshots.
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