Not sure if you’ve heard, but Rober De Niro is not a fan of Donald Trump. And by “not a fan” we mean, “polite language is not sufficient to describe his feelings of animosity toward him.” De Niro has been vocal about his dislike of the American president for years — he even portrayed Russia investigation Special Counsel Robert Mueller on SNL — but during Sunday’s Tony Awards broadcast, he let loose in a way we’ve never seen publicly.
Okay, what did De Niro say that got censored AND a standing ovation? #tonyawards
— Mandi Bierly (@MandiBierly) June 11, 2018
De Niro took the stage to introduce a performance by rock legend Bruce Springsteen who was receiving a Special Tony Award for his Broadway one-man show aptly named, Springsteen on Broadway. As soon as he walked out on stage, De Niro shared some choice words with the American president that earned him a standing ovation from the Radio City Music Hall (and also some pearl-clutching).
“I’m going to say one thing, ‘f**k Trump,'” the actor said, “It’s no longer, ‘down with Trump,’ it’s ‘f**k Trump.'”
While those of us in North America were left to guess if the Oscar-winner had actually dropped the f-bomb twice on an international broadcast, our dear friends in Australia were treated to the non-censored version and were quick to upload the moment for the rest of us. Below is the uncensored video of De Niro’s remarks.
— Chris Strider (@stridinstrider) June 11, 2018
Instantly iconic. And super controversial. In a matter of seconds, the internet lit up with opposing views on the viral moment. Some people were totally on board with the profanity and deeply related to the feelings of frustration it conveyed. Others were a little less accepting of the comment.
— Joseph Galizia (@RammJammm) June 11, 2018
Inarticulate, Low IQ Robert DeNiro screams ‘F— Trump’ on The Tony Awards and gets a standing ovation. Nothing helps Pres Trump’s popularity more then having the pompous, very elitist Broadway crowd boo him. https://t.co/5RXbrS0lVf #MAGA2018
— MARK SIMONE (@MarkSimoneNY) June 11, 2018
I’m sorry to see the hate-filled, bitter man that Robert DeNiro has turned into. He was such a great actor. He came to my house on several occasions yrs ago while doing a film with Liza Minnelli in Hyd. Always seemed nice then. Now, not so much! #Tonys2018
— Alana Stewart (@AlanaKStewart) June 11, 2018
Robert DeNiro is a national treasure. At the same time, we all know what Barack Obama would say. “Don’t say ‘fuck Trump,’ vote.”
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) June 11, 2018
Anyone criticizing Robert DeNiro’s words should keep this in mind:
When you elect a vulgar President, you can expect a vulgar response.#TonyAwards
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) June 11, 2018
And the debate rages on.
Overall, De Niro’s R-rated moment was one of the most memorable of the night. Reviews of the hosts and performances were pretty lukewarm with two notable exceptions: The Boss himself and the Parkland teens. With tickets going for between $500 and $850, Springsteen’s little teaser for his one-man show was the biggest taste most of us will ever get of the intimate show. Sunday night, the rocker performed a two-minute monologue (informed by his memoir Born to Run) before launching into a soulful “Your Hometown.”
— CBS (@CBS) June 11, 2018
The other stars of the night were the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School theater department — from the Parkland, FL high school where 17 students and teachers were killed by a shooter in February. The drama club was fittingly welcomed onstage by Matthew Morrison — known best for his portrayal of Mr. Schuester on Glee — and performed a rendition of “Seasons of Love” from Rent. The kids got a well-deserved standing ovation from the teary audience after their performance.
— Nina L. Diamond (@ninatypewriter) June 11, 2018
An all-time great Tonys moment — they rocked it! pic.twitter.com/RRKDgxK0r7
— Scott Feinberg (@ScottFeinberg) June 11, 2018
Five minutes of kids from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School drama department singing about love on the Tony Awards says more about what America stands for than Trump will in his lifetime.
— Ken Olin (@kenolin1) June 11, 2018
Earlier in the evening, the Tony’s excellence for theater education award went to MSDHS drama teacher, Melody Herzfeld. Herzfeld sheltered students in her classroom during the shooting in February and said in her acceptance speech, “We all have a common energy. We all want the same thing. To be heard. To tell our truth. To make a difference. And to be respected. We teach this every day in every arts class.”
#MarjoryStonemanDouglas drama students perform a showcase tune from Rent on the #TonyAwards stage as their drama teacher Melody Herzfeld earns a special Tony for education. Among those giving a standing ovation: Bruce Springsteen. @MrsHerzfeld @DouglasHigh @MiamiHerald pic.twitter.com/1wKSZEphvF
— Howard Cohen (@HowardCohen) June 11, 2018