The Jewish-American film producer was convinced and ordered to leave the stage after criticizing President Donald Trump for recognizing the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Israeli Film Festival in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Diversity has been reported that Jason Blum was intimidated during his acceptance speech and that an Israeli man went to the stage and tried to pull him away before security officials were called.
Hollywood Reporter said Blum began his speech saying, "Tonight, we have a lot to celebrate with the opening of the 32nd Israeli Film Festival, but at the same time, today, the Americans went to the polls to achieve our right to vote … I checked my phone and did pretty much well. "Some members of the audience allegedly replied," It depends on who. "
Blum was then quoted as telling the audience at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills: "It's okay. The last two years were difficult for all of us who foster freedom as citizens of this country. I must and can tell what I think of him – and I do not like it. "
As some members of the public began to leave the auditorium and angrily scream toward the stage, Blum continued: "As you can see from this auditorium, that is the end of the civil discourse. "
Blum tweeted a picture of himself behind the stage at awards with a message: "Well, this night has gone somehow."
Emmy Award-winning producer, 49, is the founder of Blumhouse Productions, a film company specializing in making low-budget but commercial horror movies. Some of his latest hits included "Halloween" with Jamie Lee Curtis, Spike Lee "BlacKkKlansman", "Happy Death Day" and "Get Out". He was also an executive producer on HBO's television show "Sharp Objects".
The man identified as Israeli pawnshop Yossi Dina faced Blum and allegedly tried to take him off the stage. Israeli director Avi Nesher was the second honorary prize at the festival, and allegedly was one of the people who were eager to help Blum when the events began to turn ugly.
Nesher also addressed the political atmosphere in America in his acceptance speech, but got a warmer reception than Blum.
"I am also an American citizen and I, too, concerned about the situation in this country," he said. "My parents are immigrants twice – once in Israel, and once in this country." I was terrified to see the spread of the fire that became the order of the day for US administration and Israel, so we are doing the movies, entertaining and thinking. "
After the incident, Israeli actor Noa Tishby criticized the public's reaction. She told the Hollywood reporter: "I'm sorry for the audience's reaction to the critical criticism Jason Blum expressed on the stage, and he should have appreciated it, 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 was said. "
The founder of the Israeli Film Festival Meir Fenigstein told the Hollywood Reporter that it was the first time such an incident ever happened at the festival. "I am in complete shock, but I understand that this is a very difficult day in the US with elections," Fenigstein said, adding: "This is not a place for politics, and I remain apolitical."