Robert DeNiro yelled ‘f*** Trump’ during a foul-mouthed rant at the Tony Awards and got a standing ovation.
The audience went wild, some rising to their feet. DeNiro pumped his fists triumphantly.
The outburst was bleeped, so Broadway fans watching at home didn’t hear the expletive.
Robert DeNiro, 74, walked onto the stage at the Tony Awards and said ‘F*** Trump’
The CBS cameras panned the audience after DeNiro’s declaration, and he got a standing ovation
And when the applause died down, the 74 year-old actor started talking again, ‘its no longer ‘down with Trump,’ its f*** Trump. ‘
He got a full standing ovation, and then said, ‘now I’ll get to my presentation.’
While audiences at home tried to figure out what he had said, reporters backstage filled in the creators of “Angels in America” on the De Niro moment. Tony Kushner repeated De Niro’s sharp rebuff of the president. And he said of the actor, “it’s Robert De Niro. Who’s gonna argue with him?”
A defiant DeNiro pumped his fists as the audience cheered his anti-Trump declaration on Sunday
As the applause for his first ‘F*** Trump’ died down, he said it again, ‘its no longer ‘down with trump, its f*** trump’
And while many watching on television were still trying to figure out what got bleeped, some people on Twitter started talking about it. Actor Director Ken Olin said ‘well if Robert DeNiro said it, it must be true!’
MSNBC host Joy Reid posted her thoughts on Trump’s relationship with his hometown, ‘Robert DeNiro’s Trump F-bomb at the Tony Awards is Trump’s relationship with New York City in a nutshell. He’s always a part of it, omnipresent, even, but only in the worst way.’
And comedian Dennis Miller, harkened back to an early, iconic DeNiro role, Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver, ‘Ironically when I hear Robert DeNiro talking about politics, my first instinct is to look over my shoulder and say ‘You talkin’ to me?”
Celebrities, like actor/director Ken Olin tweeted in support of DeNiro and his Tony declaration
MSNBC host Joy Reid gave a more thoughtful reaction to DeNiro’s outburst. Talking about New Yorkers’ love/hate relationship with the president.
DeNiro has never been a fan of Trump, and he’s not afraid to share his thoughts. He compared the then New York real estate developer to a used care salesman in 2011.
A month before the 2016 election, in a campaign video he said of the republican candidate, ‘he says he’d like to punch someone in the face, I’d like to punch HIM in the face.’ He was also one of the celebrities at Trump Tower on the even of the innauguration speaking out against the president.
Just last month the Goodfellas star said that he would ban President Trump from all of his Nobu restaurants. At the opening of Nobu Marbella, he said ‘I don’t care what he likes. If he walked into a restaurant I was in – I’d walk out.’
Comedian Dennis Miller had some fun with an old character of DeNiro’s, Travis Bickle in the movie Taxi Driver
DeNiro on stage at the Tony Awards Sunday Night, quickly became the most talked about part of the show.