Robert De Niro said his speech at the Gotham Awards in New York was censored without his knowledge due to his anti-Trump comments.
De Niro came to the stage as part of Gotham’s historical iconography and creator’s tribute to Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon, and after reading some notes about the film, he said the first part of his speech had been removed from the audience.
He then read the missing part of the letter from his phone, saying: “History is not history anymore. The truth is not the truth. And even the facts are being replaced by alternative facts and driven by conspiracy theories and ugliness.” In Florida, young students are taught that slaves developed skills that they could apply to their own benefit. Industry Entertainment is not immune to this festering disease. The Duke, John Wayne, famously said of the Native Americans, ‘I don’t feel we did wrong in taking this great country from them.’ There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves. »
De Niro added: “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 continues his current campaign of revenge. But with all his lies, he cannot hide his soul.” He attacks the weak, destroys nature’s gifts, and shows disrespect – for example by using the word “Pocahontas” as an insult.
De Niro then refused to thank Apple for supporting the film, indicating that part of his speech had been deleted: “I don’t feel like thanking them at all for what they did.” How dare they actually do that.”
Apple Awards and Gotham have been contacted for comment.
De Niro has a long history of verbally attacking Trump. In a video before the 2016 election, he said: “He is so stupid. He’s a punk. It’s a dog. It’s a pig. Deceive. Bullshit artist. A fool who doesn’t know what he’s talking about. In 2019, he told The Guardian: “I can’t wait to see him in prison,” and in October he sent a statement to the Stop Trump summit in New York, calling the former president “evil” and a “hardened strongman.” “There is no morals or ethics.”
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