- Robert de Niro is in the news again
- He is not happy with Apple for THIS reason
- Find out what he said here
Everywhere Robert de Niro, he seems to make news these days. The 'Killers of the Flower Moon' star was ready to unleash a verbal barrage against former President Donald Trump, but tech behemoth Apple had other plans! The scene was set for a classic De Niro takedown, but as the actor stepped up to the podium, he was met with a shocking surprise.
The script on the teleprompter had been scrubbed clean of any Trump talk! And that, he doesn't like...
Robert does not mince his words
The culprit? None other than Apple, the producer of De Niro's latest film, who insisted the focus remain on the movie's achievements. De Niro, ever the firebrand, didn't mince words. "How dare they do that, actually," he fumed, calling out both Apple and the Gotham Awards for the last-minute speech surgery.
The actor was left in the dark, not even a whisper of the changes made until showtime. Sources spilled the beans on the behind-the-scenes drama, revealing a revised speech was thrust onto the teleprompter a mere ten minutes before the event. A mystery Apple employee was overheard directing the update...talk about a covert operation!
'Variety' magazine got its hands on the incriminating email, timestamped 6:54 p.m., that axed the Trump references, instead opting for a vague nod to a "post-truth society." But insiders at the Gothams washed their hands of the controversy, claiming ignorance of the cuts.
De Niro's defiant comeback!
Not one to be silenced, De Niro whipped out his phone and delivered his original remarks, lambasting the "charlatan's arsenal" of lies perpetuated by Trump. He didn't hold back, slamming Trump's disrespect and environmental destruction.
This isn’t the first time Robert De Niro has been publicly critical of the former president. And his fans certainly love it, but it comes with its fair share of critics. During the 2018 Tony Awards, he shouted profanity before taking the stage, and it’s clear that he wanted to use whatever influence he had to get his point across.
De Niro also famously criticized Trump while appearing on Michael Moore’s Rumble podcast in 2019, when he stated that Trump’s time in office kept Americans from feeling safe, which should be a top priority for whoever is in office.
When approached for a comment, spokespeople for both the Gotham Awards and Apple zipped their lips tighter than a mobster's alibi. But a source close to the film downplayed the debacle as a mere "miscommunication," claiming no censorship was intended.
"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’s keeping up the pace in his current campaign of retribution,” said De Niro. "But with all of his lies, he can’t hide his soul. He attacks the weak, destroys the gifts of nature and shows his disrespect for example, by using ‘Pocahontas’ as a slur."
De Niro said that was the end of the edited-out part. "This is where I came in, and I saw that they edited all that," he told the audience.
"So, I’m gonna say these things but to Apple and thank them and all that, Gotham, blah, blah, blah, Apple. But I don’t feel like thanking them at all for what they did. How dare they do that, actually?" he added.
De Niro might have been censored on stage, but his message is out now, loud and clear. As for Apple? They've learned that you can't keep a good man, indeed, his speech, down!