Robert De Niro Says “F**k Trump!” At 2018 Tony Awards
— Okayplayer (@okayplayer) June 11, 2018
The $64,000 question is: Will Donald Trump be brave enough to respond to Bobby De Niro in person? Or would he just use his Twitter fingers?
If you didn’t have any other reason for watching last night’s Tony Awards, Robert De Niro certainly gave it to you. Before introducing Bruce Springsteen as the musical performance for the night, De Niro—as in Goodfellas, Casino De Niro—had some choice words for Donald Trump.
“I’m going to say one thing. F**k Trump,” De Niro said while pumping his fists in the air. “It’s no longer down with Trump. It’s f**k Trump.”
I must say, Bobby, though (and don’t send the goonies after me for this), YG and Nipsey Hussel have been saying “FDT” for quite awhile. Why not invite them to the Tony Awards to lend a few visual aids for those in the back who might not understand why “good ole” Bobby is saying such things. The political sentiment earned De Niro a standing ovation (and a few shocked expressions) from the crowd at Radio City Music Hall.
CBS deleted the profane remark from the edited telecast.
When the calm finally hit, De Niro talked about Springsteen, who was receiving a special Tony Award during the Sunday night broadcast. Springsteen on Broadway — or as De Niro referred to it, Jersey Boy — features the Boss performing his music and sharing stories from his 2016 autobiography Born to Run. “Bruce, you can rock the house like nobody else,” De Niro said. “And even more important in these perilous times, you rock the vote, always fighting for, in your own words, ‘Truth, transparency, and integrity in government.’ Boy, do we need that now.”
Springsteen took to the stage to perform a soulful rendition of “My Hometown,” while we’re pretty sure Trump is doing his best to avoid the FOX News highlights for the next week.