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A University president has hit back at graduating students for promoting 'cancel culture' after booing the Warner Brothers CEO over the ongoing writer's strike.
David Zaslav, 63, had been speaking to a large crowd as part of their commencement ceremony on Sunday when he was jeered by students.
Now, Boston University President Robert Brown has described the behavior of students as 'appallingly coarse and deliberately abusive' and said the University 'must do better'.
In a scathing opinion piece shared on the Boston University website he wrote: 'Our students were not picking a fight. They were attempting to implement the cancel culture that has become all too prevalent on university campuses.
'The hundreds of virtually identical protest emails we received in my office in advance of Commencement came with an explicit 'cancel' hashtag, indicating an aim to prevent Mr. Zaslav from speaking.'
Boston University President Robert Brown has described the behavior of students as 'appallingly coarse and deliberately abusive' and said the University 'must do better'.
Warner Bros/Discovery CEO David Zaslav was booed and met with chants of 'pay your writers' while speaking during Boston University's commencement ceremony on Sunday
Video from the graduation shows Zaslav speaking to the large crowd while loud boos and jeers ring out from the crowd throughout his 20-minute speech
He continued: 'The attempt to silence a speaker with obscene shouts is a resort to gain power, not reason, and antithetical to the mission and purposes of a university.
'We must do better and be a place where freedom of speech and the vital instrument of lawful protest can coexist and foster every individual’s sense of belonging.'
Video from the graduation shows Zaslav, 63, speaking to the large crowd while loud boos and jeers ring out from the crowd throughout his 20-minute speech.
One clip in which Zaslav - a Boston University law school alum in 1985 - is introduced shows the crowd screaming as some faculty clap behind him.
Overhead, a plane carrying a banner reading 'DAVID ZASLAV - PAY YOUR WRITERS' circled over the commencement ceremony throughout the event.
The boos immediately broke out Sunday morning at Nickerson Field on BU's campus when University President Robert A. Brown introduced Zaslav.
Brown said of the WBD CEO that he has a 'passion for documenting and sharing the human story on a global scale,' which was immediately met with backlash.
Along with 'pay your writers,' attendees in the venue could be heard shouting out 'shut up, Zaslav,' 'no contract,