Robert De Niro Says “F-ck Trump,” Earns Extended Ovation
At the 2018 Tony Awards, The Band's Visit won Best Musical; Angels in America won Best Revival of a Play; and Andrew Garfield won Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play.
Yet none of these productions or performers is what people are talking about the day after the ceremony.
That's because one of the all-time greatest actors took to the stage at one point and delivered a two-word message about the 45th President of the United States.
"F-ck Trump," Robert DeNiro said as soon as he walked to the microphone to introduce Bruce Springsteen.
The full quote, to be accurate, went as follows:
“I’m going to say this, f-ck Trump. It’s no longer just down with Trump, it’s f-ck Trump.”
The legendary actor’s remarks earned a standing ovation from most of the audience, while a certain word included in them was bleeped out for those watching from home.
(Although we've posted the uncensored version below.)
DeNiro then reacted to his own diss as follows:
It's unclear exactly which actions by Trump prompted the star's simple and pointed criticism, although the President spent all weekend hurling insults at the Prime Minister of Canada.
Just three days before uttering this curse word in front of a national audience, DeNiro reportedly slammed the Commander-in-Chief while speaking at the ceremony for the Jimmy and Rosemary Breslin “American Writer Award” at the Tweed Courthouse in Lower Manhattan.
Sources say he told a group of high school students there that Trump is a purveyor of ” bullsh-t."
In March, the actor called Trump an “idiot” who “lacks any sense of humanity or compassion.”
Expect conservatives to say this sort of comment helps explain why Trump was elected in the first place, labeling Hollywood stars as "elites" who are "out of touch with mainstream Americans."
And expect liberals to stand up and applaud DeNiro, as they did on Sunday night.
In other words:
The comment won't really change a thing.
But you can watch the Oscar winner make it and then react below: