Robert De Niro gave a speech on Monday after anti-Donald Trump comments he had planned to give in a speech about Martin Scorsese’s latest film, Killers of the Flower Moon, were cut. He expressed his anger on stage at the 33rd Gotham Awards. from a teleprompter without his knowledge.
After finishing his prepared remarks typed into a teleprompter, De Niro told the audience: The beginning of my speech had been edited and cut, but I didn’t know it. And I want to read it. ”
He then picked up his phone and read what had been deleted from the address.
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“History is no longer history. Truth is no longer truth, and even facts are replaced by other facts, driven by conspiracy theories and ugliness,” De Niro began.
“In Florida, young students are taught that slaves developed skills that could be applied for personal gain,” he continued. “The entertainment industry is not immune to this festering disease.” Duke John Wayne famously said of Native Americans, “I don’t think we were wrong to take this great country from them.” . Many people needed new land, and the Indians selfishly wanted to take it for themselves. ”
“Lies have become just another weapon in the charlatan’s arsenal. The former president lied to us more than 30,000 times during his four years in office, and is continuing his current pace of retaliation.” Mr. De Niro said. “But even with all these lies, he cannot hide his soul. He attacks the weak, destroys the bounty of nature, and shows disrespect by, for example, using ‘Pocahontas’ as a slur.” I am.”
De Niro said that was the end of the edited part.
“This is where I walked in and saw them editing everything,” he told the audience. “So the only time I’m going to say these things is to Apple, and I’m going to give them my thanks. Gotham, blah, blah, Apple. But I’m going to thank them for what they’ve done. I don’t appreciate it at all. Actually, why would they do that?” he added.
Neither Apple nor the Gotham Film & Media Institute have commented on De Niro’s criticism.