The 2018 Tony Awards were held last night in New York. It was a celebration of theater kids, drama, the LGBTQ community, music and shade – you can see this year’s winners list here. Every year, it feels like the Tony Awards become a bigger and bigger deal, with more celebrities making appearances as presenters and A-listers hobnobbing with theater folks. So… it was not surprising when Robert DeNiro came out on stage to present. DeNiro is a New Yorker, he’s a big supporter of the arts community in New York, and these are his people. Of course, DeNiro absolutely loathes Donald Trump. DeNiro has been talking sh-t about Trump for years. So what exactly did DeNiro say on stage that got bleeped?
In case you’re not a lip-reader, DeNiro said: “I’m going to say one thing, F–k Trump. It’s no longer ‘down with Trump’. It’s f–k Trump.” After DeNiro said that, he got a standing ovation. Good. Backstage, playwright Tony Kushner was asked about DeNiro’s obscenities and Kushner said: “I can’t believe De Niro did that. Good for him. I mean, it’s Robert De Niro. Who’s gonna argue with him?” Then Kushner called the Trump presidency “the Hitler mistake” that put a “borderline psychotic narcissist in the White House.” Pretty much.
Here are some additional photos from the red carpet. Andrew Garfield wore Tom Ford, and he won Best Actor for Angels in America (the revival).
Tina Fey in a custom Thom Browne gown. She must have wanted those feathers?? And she wanted some kind of sleeve too. I feel ya, Tina.
Carey Mulligan in Giambattista Valli. This has a vintage-y feel to me – I don’t love it or hate it, honestly.
Cynthia Erivo in a vintage dress from New York Vintage. I appreciate the fact that it’s vintage, but the sleeves are bad, right?
Tatiana Maslany in Zac Posen… I don’t like this on her at all.
Photos courtesy of Getty, WENN.
Let’s face it…not too many people would argue with him. I mean it IS DeNiro we’re talking about here. He does a pretty god job of speaking his mind.
It’s what everyone is thinking.
Well, there are the bots on twitter claiming that De Niro is a has-been and washed up. Dear leader must have cried into his cheeseburger and sent the bots out to make him feel better.
Standing O x millions. Say Bobby, sing it, scream it: Fuck Trump
I LOVE the sleeves on Cynthia Erivo’s dress. LOVE them! Love her whole look.
And I would hazard a guess that the vast majority of New Yorkers loathe and have loathed Trump. For years. Decades, even.
Good for him. Say it loud and proud. F Trump!!!
They were right to bleep, and he was right in what he said.
Love Tina’s glam 1940s jammies.
“Look what you made me do”. Seems Trump is able to turn ordinary sane individuals into people just like him. Who would have thought that people who are usually sane now act insame now like Trump and get up and say things off the cuff that make them look like Idiots. Oh well this is the new discourse we they go low we go low to. This is really helping the country isn’t it. And unfortunately stuff like this sways more voters to Trump
There is nothing “insane” about his statement whatsoever. Sanity means reacting appropriately to situations, especially extreme duress. We are under extreme duress. So yeah, F Trump.
found him childish…
Yeah it feels silly they gave him a standing ovation. Meh.
I agree with him and also it feels cheap and lazy of him to do so.
I hope to God Deniro that you are giving money to black lives matter, educating immigrants on their rights, working with the ACLU, holding fundraisers with Emily’s list. I will throw in – pushing for gun control, raised salaries for teachers, championing apprenticeship programs for people with only a high school education and raising the corporate tax rate to fund this initiative, kinda like Clinton proposed. Lower higher education costs and better health care.
Hate and saying f**k trump feels good but I worry if we don’t provide credible policy and candidate alternatives to the Orange sh*t stain, showing that dems care about their communities in real and measurable ways – we will get defeated again, no problem.
Rich people like Deniro need to bear that burden of organizing or at least funding these initiatives.
Is my worry clear enough??? Sorry cbers.
I just hope we don’t embarrass ourselves as a country a 2nd time. Like George W Bush’s reelection but WAY worse. Can you all even imagine? (Vomits)
Totally clear, and I’m with you. It is easy to say F Trump, but frankly, it is lazy. It isn’t going to change minds if anything it will merely harden people who feel like this is about taking sides (as someone said above)- an impassioned speech about folks who are being hurt by his policies would have been better.
I hear you but do you think a speech like that would have been heard beyond the choir? Right or wrong, F Trump is something the deplorables can understand.
Seriously doubt these deplorable watch the Tonys, so he’s basically preachin’ to the choir.
Great, that doesn’t change the fact that he’s an anti-vaxxer who has no problem glorifying a disgraced doctor.
Ugh, good memory.
I love Mulligan dress
Hard pass on DeNiro, everyone already knows how he feels, he’s preaching to a very receptive choir at the Tonys, and his feelings are not going to change our current situation. He’s an actor, not an actual tough guy like Putin, who really pulls Don the Con’s strings.
Unfortunately his comments just feed the right’s blubbering about Hollywood elitists..and if he would’ve slipped them into his little speech instead of the drama opening, he might have beaten the censors. If it made him feel good, fine..but he always has a platform to air his opinions, and I’m not sure it did much other than prompt trumpies to defend their slow-witted infant.
Aside from that, I loved the Florida teens ..what poise on a b’way stage!..and the guy with 4 legs…
I thought it was in poor taste – he was just preaching to the choir.
And – I feel it sucked all the air out of the room before Springsteen’s performance, which I found amazing. No standing O for him though…did anyone else enjoy it as much as I did?
It was really lovely
Garfield gave a great speech. “Let’s just bake a cake for everyone who wants one”.
Such a talented actor and genuinely smart and lovely guy. (Yes, I have met him if anyone wants to say he’s a douche. He was lovely even when he didn’t have to be) .
Meh. Longtime DeNiro admirer, but he was cancelled for me for trying to screw the Bardudans out of their land after the hurricanes, under the guise of “helping”. As though he needs more $$ lol. He’s a developer just like Trump, don’t be fooled.
Millions of us are angry/despairing about Trump, i don’t need my hand held by this guy.
I mean, I’m glad he said it but Trumpsters will just cling harder to their hero.
Yes but it’s been proven time and time again that they will cling to him no matter what so why not just say it?
People talk like the mythical “pee tape” is the bridge too far that will bring him down, but I honestly don’t see how that would suddenly wake up his supporters. They’d probably applaud it, too.
Yeah, the Evangelicals will just find another way to give him a “mulligan”, just like his extra-marital affairs and all the other sh*t he does. As long as he forwards their agendas (abortion, b/c, taking away women’s rights), he can do no wrong.
Poor taste; it’s Trump-level low. But more importantly, it’s not productive at all.
Thank you. It was terrible. The Parkland choir – amazing. It plays right into Trump’s hands giving the deplorables something to focus on other than Trump and his disgusting, childish behavior. It also further degrades our society and our culture and does absolutely zero to advance the debate or help anything. It was a Trump-style outburst designed to score quick political points with nothing to back it up. I was livid.
I voted Democrat across the board on Tuesday.
I’m a republican, Fuck trump
Fuck the Republicans.
Hey @Rescuecat, I think @CairinaCat did something great and kind of brave. Voting for the opposing party is no small deal. No need to respond in a way that is potentially insulting to her.
Thank you 😗
I loved it. Lots of smiles and a standing ovation. Lots of people are depressed, sad and angry at that monster in the WH. Last night was a little spot of courage and hope. I absolutely appreaciated Robert De Niro speaking out. Most people don’t
say or do anything. So De Niro gets my vote.👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
Deniro said that I feel every day.
and hard to judge the fashions when they are all standing in front of those flowers. Just not the best backdrop.
Why do we care? He’s inappropriate with teenagers 😐
Treason, anyone? DeNiro – cancelled.