Jerry Seinfeld’s speech sees a walkout!

On May 13th, 2024, Jerry Seinfeld gave a speech at Duke University. However it was met with a mixed reaction. Lots of the graduates began booing Seinfeld during his speech and began walking out of the lot, but why?

Jerry Seinfeld has been very vocally supportive of Israel after the Hamas organization attacked Israel and Israel began its invasion of the Gaza Strip, he even visited the country after the October 7th attack. Emphasizing his support and commitment to Judaism and Israel as a whole.

According to Seinfeld on Twitter, “I lived and worked on a Kibbutz in Israel when I was 16 and I have loved our Jewish homeland ever since. My heart is breaking from these attacks and atrocities. But we are also very strong people in our hearts and minds. We believe in justice, freedom, and equality. We survive and flourish no matter what. I will always stand with Israel and the Jewish people.

This sparked outrage among some university students as a lot of them supported Palestine. Not only did some of them walk out, but a small group of them flew banners and the Palestinian flag right in front of the main stage where the speakers were.

On the other side, there were even spectators cheering for Seinfeld, they were seen chanting “Jerry, Jerry!” Other than that, the speech went pretty normally, people clapped and Seinfeld dropped an inspirational quote like it was nothing, that quote being “Don’t lose your sense of humor.”

As always, people here at school were asked their opinion on the walkout on Seinfeld’s speech. Andrew Shaup in the 10th grade said, “I mean people are free to walk out” and Giovany Cotto, 10th grade said, “I think that in the United States of America, we have the 1st amendment, freedom of speech. We people don’t like how we talk. And I also think people are entitled to believe what they believe in without being judged and if they don’t like it.”

In conclusion, it seems that having an opinion will see the other oppose you at every turn you take. Our world has gotten even stranger than we already knowit’s much more politicized and divided, even on matters barely containing politics.

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