The audience was fully here for De Niro’s message about Donald Trump
So, the annual Tony Awards happened last night, honoring accomplishments in theater all over the country. As you may know, theater tends to be one of the classier mediums of art. It’s expensive. People still dress nicely to go. There’s no snacks involved. The Tonys are also full of A-list actors, like Robert De Niro, who kind of stole the show last night.
That might be why one very unexpected moment last night seemed completely shocking to the audience. During a speech at the show, De Niro dropped a very casual “Fuck Trump.” After a few moments of applause, he then said “It’s no longer ‘down with Trump,’ it’s fuck Trump.”
— Rhett Bartlett (@dialmformovies) June 11, 2018
But he didn’t elaborate any further. That’s all he said. He then raised his arms in triumph and basked in the cheers, which took a beat to begin because obviously there was some pearl clutching in the audience. Don’t you worry, though. The shock wore off almost immediately, and the crowd turned to cheering and giving De Niro a standing ovation. Some whole speeches don’t get that standing O. De Niro managed it with just two words. He’s clearly a legend.
— Orli Matlow (@HireMeImFunny) June 11, 2018
Part of what made the moment so hilarious was that both words were bleeped by all the major American networks. That made people watching at home went a little nuts trying to figure out if that was what De Niro had actually said.
DENIRO GOT BLEEPED WHAT DID HE SAY #TonyAwards
— Julia Murney (@JuliaMurney) June 11, 2018
Who has the uncensored version of what Robert De Niro just said!?#TonyAwards
— Michael Tannenbaum (@iamTannenbaum) June 11, 2018
People were baffled before the delight set in.
De Niro: “FUCK TRUMP!” Standing O. Repeats it! TV production people wearing headsets are staring at each other with mouths agape. Amazing live TV moment.
— Scott Feinberg (@ScottFeinberg) June 11, 2018
Others just loved it for the drama, which was very on-brand for the Tonys.
— Wakandan Boy Lightning (@SecretErik) June 11, 2018
Robert De Niro walking onto the Tonys like a boss and saying fuck Trump not once, but TWICE and getting a standing ovation is a big mood
— Olivia Orsi (@livi_orsi) June 11, 2018
— Dan Jones (@Dan2Jones) June 11, 2018
Well if Robert DeNiro says it, it must be truth.
“It’s no longer down with Trump, it’s f*ck Trump!”
— Ken Olin (@kenolin1) June 11, 2018
And that was it for De Niro’s political commentary for the night. He offered no further explanation. He just seamlessly transitioned into his speech, which was completely expletive-free. Then he introduced Bruce Springsteen. Springsteen seemed a little bit inspired by De Niro’s unconventional message, and gave the crowd his own political spin.
“In these perilous times, you rock the vote, always fighting for truth, transparency, and integrity in government,” he said. “Boy, do we need that now!”
Yes. Yes we do.
While that move was pretty unpredictable, that’s show business. And the audience clearly loved it.