Published: Tue, June 12, 2018

Robert De Niro bleeped at Tony Awards for Trump F-bomb

Robert De Niro bleeped at Tony Awards for Trump F-bomb

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In an interview with CBC Toronto after Monday's event, De Niro said he is angry and frustrated with Trump's behavior, adding that he has "no choice but to speak out".

Playwright Tony Kushner also shared De Niro's dismay of Trump saying it was a "the Hitler mistake" that put a "borderline psychotic narcissist in the White House". "The hypocrisy of the left". "Our baby-in-chief - the j***-off-in-chief, I call him - has put the press under siege, ridiculing it and trying to discredit it through outrageous attacks and lies", De Niro said.

A noted liberal, he has been critical of President Trump, a Republican, at other show business events, but none with the high profile and reach of the Tony Awards, which salute performances in Broadway theater.

The venerable actor took the centre stage to introduce a performance by Bruce Springsteen but ended up bleeping about US President Donald Trump.

In 2016, when Trump was the Republican presidential candidate, De Niro slammed him as "blatantly stupid", "totally nuts", and an "idiot".


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Online, left-wing sentiment echoed the admiration, De Niro's off-hand comment earned him the titles of "genius" and 'national treasure.' Others assumed the glittering Broadway crowd was the ideal representation of the entire American population. "It's no longer down with Trump, it's F*** Trump!"

The actor also apologized to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Group of Seven on behalf of Americans for Trump's about-face after the G7 summit concluded in Charlevoix, Que.

While the CBS broadcast censors managed to stop the F-bomb from going out to people at home, some were given the full brunt of De Niro's political commentary. The CBS television audience heard dead silence instead before he raised his arms - twice - and earned a sustained standing ovation.

Kathy Griffin shared a pic of her and one of De Niro, writing: 'The F**k Trump Club'.

"And again, just like in 1971, the press is distinguishing itself with courageous, exacting journalism", De Niro said.

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