Actor Robert De Niro sparked a politicized uproar during Sunday’s Tony Awards, televised live by CBS. De Niro, who was at the ceremony to introduce a performance by Bruce Springsteen, dropped some “F-bombs” in reference to Donald Trump.
His comments were bleeped from the broadcast by CBS, which issued a statement saying: ‘Mr. De Niro’s comments were unscripted and unexpected. The offensive language was deleted from the broadcast.”
De Niro said: “I’m gonna say one thing, ‘F–k Trump.’ It’s no longer ‘Down with Trump,’ it’s ‘F–k Trump.'”
CNN reports: “The comments, which were not censored in the Australian telecast, earned De Niro a standing ovation from the crowd at New York’s Radio City Music Hall and stirred conversation on social media.”
Predictably, some commenters supported De Niro’s position, while others found it offensive. The report quotes one Twitter user writing “Robert De Niro is my favorite rapper.”
Another Twitter user wrote: “No matter who the President is or what your politics, this behavior is not merely inappropriate for this (or any) event; it’s juvenile & stupid, even deranged. And yet it was met with a standing ovation. These snobs think this is somehow courageous.”
Below is an uncensored video of De Niro’s comments, posted by The Guardian …