Robert De Niro is receiving both praise and criticism for a speech he delivered at the 2018 Tony awards. While Robert De Niro was speaking he uttered the words “F*** Trump” not once, but twice. While the Tony awards audience gave a roaring sound of applause before a standing ovation, those who support the president were outraged. Now, one actor, in particular, is speaking out with both disgust at the words and outrage. He is not alone with this opinion.
Actor and singer Robert Davi spoke to TMZ while at the Los Angeles airport. Davi is a Trump supporter and though he was highly offended by Robert De Niro’s comments, he made the point of saying he respects Robert De Niro as an actor.
The point Davi made that came across directly was that he felt the president of the United States deserves respect regardless of people’s personal opinions of him.
— TMZ (@TMZ) June 12, 2018
President Trump responded to Robert De Niro via a tweet where he questioned whether the award-winning actor had received one-too-may punches to the head. De Niro won an Oscar for his role in Raging Bull. The movie centered on the real-life story of boxer Jake LaMotta and De Niro filmed many rough boxing scenes.
President Trump also described De Niro as punch-drunk and finally resorted to calling him a low IQ individual.
Robert Davi stated the following when discussing Robert De Niro’s speech at the 2018 Tony awards.
“I respect you as an actor, but it was disgusting what you did, and everyone who stood up.”‘
It’s no secret that Robert De Niro, along with many other Hollywood actors do not approve of President Trump’s administration. The question many have is whether it is right for actors to use their public platforms, such as television award shows, to make political demonstrations that do not apply to the public.
When shows such as the Tony’s, Grammy’s, or Oscars cater to one political ideology delivered by a host, artist, presenter, or performer, they are excluding other members in the public who hold different beliefs.
Typically, this hasn’t proved to be a lucrative move for the show. Many ratings have been down on programs that bring politics into what used to be a pure entertainment platform.
What do you think about Robert De Niro’s assessment of President Trump and Robert Davi’s reaction? Do you think celebrities sounding off about their political beliefs during entertainment shows is a good idea?