Demi Moore Lashes Out at Audience While Honoring Cher at amfAR’s Cinema Against AIDS Gala

Cap d’Antibes, France – The usually glamorous and star-studded amfAR’s Cinema Against AIDS Cannes Gala saw a surprising moment on Thursday evening when

Demi Moore honored Cher at amfAR's 30th annual Cannes Gala. (PHOTO: VIA FOX NEWS,GISELA SCHOBER/GETTY IMAGES)
Demi Moore honored Cher at amfAR’s 30th annual Cannes Gala. (PHOTO: VIA FOX NEWS,GISELA SCHOBER/GETTY IMAGES)

Actress Demi Moore, while introducing the iconic Cher, unexpectedly lashed out at a member of the audience.

This incident occurred at the prestigious Hotel du Cap, Eden, in Cap d’Antibes, where the annual event, known for raising significant funds for AIDS research, was being held.

Demi Moore, who was tasked with the honor of introducing Cher, appeared visibly impatient with the audience’s response as she began her speech.

A video uploaded to X (formerly Twitter) captures the moment Moore addressed the crowd, attempting to ensure they were fully engaged.

“I’m going to see if this is the moment we’ve all been waiting for,” she began, but the response was underwhelming.

Demi Moore scolded an audience member at amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS Cannes Gala. (PHOTO: VIA FOX NEWS, GETTY IMAGES)
Demi Moore scolded an audience member at amfAR’s Cinema Against AIDS Cannes Gala. (PHOTO: VIA FOX NEWS, GETTY IMAGES)

Expressing her frustration, Moore remarked, “I’m just making sure that you’re really, really with me.” She paused, evidently dissatisfied with the audience’s energy, and continued by extolling Cher’s achievements, noting her Grammy, Oscar, and Emmy wins. 

However, Moore’s patience ran thin when she directed a sharp comment towards an unidentified guest at the back of the room.

“Are you an Emmy winner over there in the back of the room? I f–king don’t think so,” Moore retorted, a statement that seemed to spark mixed reactions among the attendees.

Some members of the audience cheered and laughed, supporting Moore’s candid approach, while others appeared taken aback by her outburst.

The tension in the room did not overshadow the event’s main purpose or the admiration for Cher.

Cher arrives at the amfAR Gala Cannes 2024 on May 23, 2024. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, MICHAEL BUCKNER/VARIETY VIA GETTY)
Cher arrives at the amfAR Gala Cannes 2024 on May 23, 2024. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, MICHAEL BUCKNER/VARIETY VIA GETTY)

Moore quickly resumed her speech, highlighting Cher’s status as a style icon, a personal inspiration, and a previous honoree by amfAR for their Award of Inspiration in 2015.

“The bottom line is she is just one of the most talented, successful, and best-loved performers of all time,” Moore concluded before inviting Cher to the stage to a warm welcome.

The unexpected moment involving Moore’s comment added a layer of drama to the evening, but it did not detract from the event’s celebratory and philanthropic spirit.

The gala, which marks its 30th year, has long been a key fixture of the Cannes Film Festival, attracting a host of celebrities and raising millions for AIDS research.

Among the luminaries attending this year’s gala were Heidi Klum, Andie MacDowell, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, Michelle Yeoh, Kelly Rowland, and Diane Kruger.

These stars gathered not only to support a crucial cause but also to partake in the festival’s celebrations, which began on May 14 and concluded on May 25.

Michelle Yeoh and Demi Moore at amfAR's Cannes Gala. (Photo: VIA FOX NEWS, KENNEDY POLLARD/AMFAR/GETTY IMAGES FOR AMFAR)
Michelle Yeoh and Demi Moore at amfAR’s Cannes Gala. (Photo: VIA FOX NEWS, KENNEDY POLLARD/AMFAR/GETTY IMAGES FOR AMFAR)

Kelly Rowland, another prominent figure at the gala, addressed her own controversy from earlier in the week. Rowland had an altercation with security on the red carpet, which she later described to The Associated Press.

“The woman knows what happened. I know what happened. And, I have a boundary, and I stand by those boundaries, and that is it,” Rowland explained.

She suggested that the incident was influenced by biases, stating, “there were other women that attended that carpet who did not quite look like me, and they didn’t get scolded, or pushed off or told to get off.”

Demi Moore’s direct approach in dealing with the audience’s perceived inattentiveness became a talking point of the evening, drawing mixed reactions on social media and among attendees.

While some praised her for standing up for Cher and demanding respect, others felt her outburst was unnecessary and overshadowed the event’s tone.

Representatives for Demi Moore did not immediately respond to requests for comment regarding the incident. Nonetheless, Moore’s dedication to her role as the gala’s host, a responsibility once initiated by Elizabeth Taylor in 1993, was evident.

Despite the brief moment of tension, the evening succeeded in its mission to celebrate the arts and support AIDS research, showcasing the enduring spirit and influence of both the Cannes Film Festival and amfAR’s philanthropic efforts.

As the Cannes Film Festival came to a close, this memorable evening at the amfAR Gala remained a testament to the dynamic and sometimes unpredictable nature of live events, especially those involving Hollywood’s brightest stars.

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