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Duke Graduating Class Stages Walkout During Jerry Seinfeld’s Commencement Address

The pro-Palestine protests on American university campuses have frequently drifted into the realm of antisemitism or even outright defense of Hamas terrorists.

This trend was on full display at Duke University in North Carolina, where Jewish comedian Jerry Seinfeld had been invited to deliver the commencement address for the graduating class.

As The Hill reported:

Dozens of students walked out of the Duke University commencement ceremony ahead of Jerry Seinfeld’s scheduled speech Sunday, apparently in protest of the Jewish comedian’s support for Israel, according to news reports and videos circulated on social media.

As Seinfeld received his honorary degree, before beginning his commencement speech, the graduating students rose from their seats and walked out, waving Palestinian flags and chanting, “Free, free Palestine.” Some in the audience joined in support, but many audience members booed at the protesters and chanted “Jerry” repeatedly.

News of the disrespectful walkout soon began to spread online.

Although Seinfeld has previously expressed support for Israel after the unprovoked terrorist attacks last year, his speech at Duke shied away from any of those hot-button issues.

According to Yahoo:

The walk out reflected ongoing tensions on America’s college campuses, which have seen a wave of protests and on-campus occupations which resulted in nearly 2,900 arrests at 57 institutions.

After the demonstration at Duke and things seemed to have settled down, Seinfeld was able to deliver what was a characteristically uncontroversial routine.

“After spending four years at what is considered one of the finest institutions of higher education in the world, they apparently feel that perhaps some light entertainment will get you all to the final realization, ‘You know, I think I’ve really had enough of this place,’” he joked.

Here’s a clip from his speech:

The incident occurred just days after Seinfeld addressed how he believes the far-left woke crowd has essentially ruined comedy.



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