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Robert De Niro slammed Donald Trump during acceptance speech for Chaplin Award

11 May 2017 Entertainment News


Fourth Estate Staff

New York City, NY, United States (4E) – Robert De Niro received this year’s Chaplin Award at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and during his acceptance speech, the actor slammed President Donald Trump.

The 73-year-old actor was at the annual event held in New York and he specifically criticized the proposed government cuts involving the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. De Niro said, “The administration suggest that the money for these all-inclusive programs goes to rich liberal elites. This is what they now call an ‘alternative fact.’ I call it what it is: bullsh*t.”

He noted that he does not make movies for the rich and liberal elites as he has his restaurants to cover that. He thanked those who attended the event as their appearance meant they are supporting arts for everyone. De Niro also said that people deserve decent wages, a fair tax system, a safe environment, education for the children and healthcare for all.

He concluded hit speech by thanking his wife, their children and their grandkids as they served as his entertainment, his art and his passion. He continued to slam Trump towards the end of his speech y saying, “All of us in films — directors, writers, actors, crews — owe a debt to Charlie Chaplin, an immigrant who probably wouldn’t pass today’s extreme vetting. I hope we’re not keeping out the next Chaplin.”

The Chaplin Award started with Charlie Chaplin in 1971. The other honorees to receive the award are Alfred Hitchcock, Bette Davis, Audrey Hepburn, Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Martin Scorsese, and, last year, Morgan Freeman.

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