Sumayyah Daisy Lane, BA History
Culture Editor of the SOAS Spirit
Hollywood producer Jason Blum was booed and then escorted offstage at the Israeli Film Festival in LA following his criticism of US President Trump.
During his acceptance speech, Blum, of Jewish heritage, pointed the finger at Trump for the rise of anti-Semitism in the United States.
He said: “There has been a lot going on, over the last two years, it was difficult for anyone who cares for freedom as citizens of this country. The wonderful thing about this country is that you can love Trump, but I do not have to, and I can tell what I feel about it – and I do not like it!”
Videos show Blum giving his acceptance speech to an audience growing evermore hostile and leaving the theatre in protest.
They also show him trying to appeal to them. “As you can see from this auditorium, it’s the end of the civil discourse. We have a president who calls the press the enemy of the people. Thanks to our president anti-Semitism is on the increase.”
Some of Blum’s best-known works include Oscar award-winner “Get Out” and “Whiplash”.
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