Duke University students walk out of Jerry Seinfeld’s commencement speech

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Students at Duke University walked out of Jerry Seinfeld’s graduation ceremony Sunday afternoon. Seinfeld, whose son currently attends Duke University and whose daughter is enrolled there, was giving the graduation speech in addition to receiving an honorary degree. CNN The number of graduating students who graduated is estimated at approximately 30 students Reuters Put the number in tens. Those present in the stands also left. NBC News He says a group of students carrying Palestinian flags can be seen in the hallway. Jerry Seinfeld has been vocal in his support of Israel since October 7, and so has his wife, Jessica It is said that I donated $5,000 to GoFundMe for pro-Israel counterprotests at UCLA.

Among those who stayed, Seinfeld was met with boos and cheers of “Jerry! Jerry!” Seinfeld was able to finish his speech, which he said was a defense of the franchise. “I say, use your privileges,” he said. “I grew up as a Jewish boy from New York. That’s a privilege if you want to be a comedian.

“We understand the depth of sentiment in our community, and as we have done all year, we respect the right of everyone at Duke to peacefully express their opinions, without preventing graduates and their families from celebrating their accomplishments,” Duke University spokesman Frank Trumbull said. a permit.

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