Academy Awards host Jimmy Kimmel took a shot at Vice President Pence’s stance on LGBTQ rights by saying the movie “Call Me By Your Name” was made to upset him. 

The movie, which is up for the award for Best Picture, tells the story of a 17-year-old boy discovering his sexuality in 1980s Italy through his romantic relationship with an older man.  

Kimmel pointed out during his opening monologue that the film wasn't a box office smash, saying that only two of the nine films up for the ceremony's most prestigious award grossed more than $100 million at the box office.


“That’s not the point,” Kimmel said. “We don’t make films like ‘Call Me By Your Name’ for money. We make them to upset Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceManchin, Collins leading talks on overhauling election law, protecting election officials Jan. 6 committee asks Ivanka Trump to sit for interview Pences' pet rabbit, Marlon Bundo, dies MORE.”

Pence has repeatedly clashed with the LGBTQ community over the course of his political career, and President TrumpDonald TrumpPredictions of disaster for Democrats aren't guarantees of midterm failure A review of President Biden's first year on border policy  Hannity after Jan. 6 texted McEnany 'no more stolen election talk' in five-point plan for Trump MORE once reportedly joked that his vice president “wants to hang” all gay people. 

Gay Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon, who also attended the Oscars, turned down an opportunity to meet with the vice president during the Winter Olympics in South Korea over Pence's views.