Veteran actor Robert De Niro expressed frustration on stage at the 33rd Gotham Awards, reacting to the removal of his anti-Donald Trump statements from the teleprompter. These comments were initially part of his speech about "Killers of the Flower Moon," directed by Martin Scorsese.
After completing the teleprompter-provided remarks, De Niro addressed the audience to express his feelings: “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 then pulled out his phone and read the content that had been omitted from his speech.
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“History isn’t history anymore. Truth isn’t truth, and even facts are being replaced by alternative facts and driven by conspiracy theories and ugliness,” De Niro started.
“In Florida, young students are taught that slaves developed skills which could be applied for their personal benefit,” he continued. “The entertainment industry isn’t immune to this festering disease. The Duke, John Wayne, famously said of Native Americans, ‘I don’t feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves.’”
The actor shifted his focus to the former president and current leading Republican candidate for the 2024 election, Donald Trump, whom he has previously criticized sharply on several occasions.
“Lying has become just another tool in the charlatan’s arsenal. The former president lied to us more than 30,000 times during his four years in office, and he’s keeping up the pace in his current campaign of retribution,” said De Niro. “But with all of his lies, he can’t hide his soul. He attacks the weak, destroys the gifts of nature and shows his disrespect for example, by using ‘Pocahontas’ as a slur.”
De Niro stated that this concluded the portion that had been edited out of his speech.
“This is where I came in, and I saw that they edited all that,” he told the audience. “So, I’m gonna say these things but to Apple and thank them and all that, Gotham, blah, blah, blah, Apple. But I don’t feel like thanking them at all for what they did. How dare they do that, actually?” he added.
As of now, both Apple and The Gotham Film & Media Institute have not responded to De Niro's remarks.
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