Legendary actor Robert De Niro faced backlash on Tuesday for his relentless attacks against former President Donald Trump after he claimed that his planned speech slamming Trump was tampered with.
During his appearance at the Gotham Awards in New York City on Monday, the 80-year-old actor became agitated upon realizing that certain sections of his prepared anti-Trump remarks had been censored, as reported by Variety.
“I’m going to go back. I’m sorry. Okay, there was a mistake in this. I’ll keep going. Just keep scrolling,” De Niro told the audience at the event. “I just want to say one thing. The beginning of my speech was edited, cut out, and I didn’t know about it. And I want to read it.”
He proceeded to read the redacted comments from his phone, and towards the end of his speech, he expressed his displeasure towards the organizers by saying, “I’m gonna say these things, but to Apple and thank them and all that, Gothams, blah, blah, blah, Apple. But I don’t feel like thanking them at all after what they did. How dare they do that, actually?”
— New York Post (@nypost) November 28, 2023
Upon the emergence of video footage of De Niro’s remarks, social media users were quick to slam the veteran actor.
“It’s really interesting that for years Robert De Niro had this quiet brooding mystique about him and then he finally started opening his mouth and everyone realized he was actually a moron,” wrote one individual on Twitter.
Another user added, “So Robert De Niro is angry that Apple edited the first part of his speech which was his usual unhinged rant about Trump. Imagine that. A Lefty upset by censorship.”
A third shared their thoughts on the matter, tweeting, “Robert De Niro is literally a professional liar. Pretends to be someone else for a living. I respect his body of work in film but his political commentary means nothing. Less than most of my twitter mutuals.”
Robert De Niro said his speech criticizing former President Donald Trump at the Gotham Awards was edited on the teleprompter without his consent — so he read his original remarks off his phone instead pic.twitter.com/ffGILclNV9
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) November 29, 2023
One user ended their tweet with a word of advice to actors, writing, “I don’t get why some actors keep preaching the others, and get into politics, while on stage… where politics have absolutely NOTHING to do with it. Don’t they understand that, by doing so, they instantly LOSE half of their fan base? #RobertDeNiro I love you but…”
This is not the first time the “Goodfellas” star has made waves with his anti-Trump rhetoric. De Niro famously used his time at the Tony Awards in June 2018 to swear at the then-president, shouting “f*** Trump!” to a round of applause.
In the end, while De Niro’s tirades may be popular with some in the audience, they often alienate a large portion of his fans and detractors, who see it as yet another example of a Hollywood elite forcing their political beliefs on the public.