June 11th, 2018 – Robert De Niro gave another rousing performance last night as he gave the Tony Awards its viral moment. The Academy Award winner took the stage to introduce Bruce Springsteen but quickly turned his attention to fellow New Yorker, and current president, Donald Trump.
“I’m gonna say one thing: f**k Trump,” De Niro said. The crowd stood and cheered loudly as the actor raised his fists in the air before laying another hit. “It’s no longer ‘down with Trump.’ It’s ‘f**k Trump.”
Once the crowd took their seats, De Niro pivoted the intro back to Springsteen but reminded everyone about the power of voting.
“Bruce, you can rock the house like nobody else and even more importantly in these perilous times, you rock the vote, always fighting for, in your own words, truth, transparency and integrity in government,” he said. “Boy, do we need that now.”
Springsteen performed a rendition of “My Hometown” from his acclaimed Springsteen on Broadway show, but viewers at home may have missed that while searching to see what word had been bleeped just moments before. CBS censored De Niro’s comments, but as televisions went silent, Twitter had a lot to say.
Plenty of people sided with De Niro and reminded others that it’s OK to be political in every part of your life, while others thought it was inappropriate and only harmed efforts to oppose Trump.
Theater is political. Sports is political. Life is political. Be political.
Hey America, Want to know why Robert De Niro said “f-k Trump” last night at the Tonys? Because he was born in Trump’s hometown of NYC. Like all New Yorkers, he knows @realDonaldTrump If you don’t feel the same way about him yet you don’t know him like New Yorkers do But you will
Robert De Niro you have again cheapened yourself & embarrassed well meaning liberals everywhere! Do you think being so vulgar on live tv does anything but destroy your cause? You probably don’t cause your Hate is all you have to share. SAD! https://t.co/tLWwGeljkc via @variety
De Niro has long had no f’s to give when it comes to Donald Trump. In the past he has showered him with such endearing terms as “the j***-off-in-chief,” “fu**ing idiot,” and “baby-in-chief.”
No word yet from The White House or Trump’s Twitter account calling the actor “low energy” or the show “low ratings.” The Tony Awards did pull in 6.32 million viewers – a bump from last year’s ratings.
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