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Blum was ushered out from Israel film fest stage over security

IANS  |  Los Angeles 

Jasom was abruptly ushered out from the stage during here after he was booed by the audience over anti-Trump comments. However, a said the reason had to do with his security.

attributed the incident to "some audience members" who "greatly lacked that respect" and said the festival did not remove Blum, and that he was asked to step down from the stage for his own safety, reports

Blum, who was receiving the festival's Achievement in Film and Television Award, started his acceptance speech at the festival by saying: "The great thing about this country is that you can like (US Donald) Trump, but I don't have to, and I can say what I feel about it - and I don't like it!"

But Blum's speech did not go well with the audience as and shouting continued to increase, and a man, later identified as Yossi Diba, stepped on the stage and attempted to pull out.

"This is the first time we have ever experienced anything like this. I am in total shock, but I realize that yesterday was a very tense day in with the elections.

"A majority of the 1,200-plus audience was respectful as was making his remarks. To be clear, the festival did not in any way remove 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, Fenigstein added.

Later, Blum took to to say he was "unfortunately not allowed to finish the speech" he was trying to give at the film festival. He then shared the message he wanted to give.



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First Published: Thu, November 08 2018. 15:16 IST