As an actor Robert De Niro is known for taking tough roles head on. Sunday night’s 72nd Annual Tony Awards was no exception, where the Oscar winner took on the President of the United States during his introduction of rocker Bruce Springsteen’s performance.
Unfortunately for viewers at home, the censors at CBS were quick enough to bleep De Niro’s comments.
But #NoFOMO here! Outlets on the scene documented those words and released them online shortly after, so we could all have the pleasure of rejoicing in his headline making speech.
The video below is bleeped, but you can watch it as you read the actor’s viral words:
I just want to say one thing: Fuck Trump. It’s no longer down with Trump. It’s fuck Trump.
Variety was among the first outlets to confirm De Niro’s comments.
— Variety (@Variety) June 11, 2018
For those watching at home, De Niro said, “I'm going to say this — FUCK TRUMP. It's no longer 'Down with Trump,' it's FUCK TRUMP.' ” #TonyAwards
— Dave Quinn (@NineDaves) June 11, 2018
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) June 11, 2018
After the theater erupted in applause and a standing ovation, the actor continued, praising Springsteen’s activism with this message:
In these perilous times, you rock the vote, always fighting for truth, transparency and integrity in government. Boy, do we need that now!
But it wasn’t only the audience at New York’s Radio City Music Hall that appreciated his comments. Twitter was also supportive of De Niro:
Love you Robert De Niro!!! pic.twitter.com/DLVgF5RBoC
— Maria Emma (@mariaemma16) June 11, 2018
— erbody's grandma (@FRANI20) June 11, 2018
— Josue Gutierrez (@hoeswey) June 11, 2018
De Niro’s jabs were not something folks running production at the awards show were expecting, but they were prepared:
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
At least one bit of uncensored video of De Niro’s rant is still making the rounds on Twitter:
Here's the vid of Robert De Niro at tonite's #TonyAwards #Tonys2018 #FUCKTRUMP! YES!
In the name of humanity — start organizing NOW to drive this fascist regime from power. Start by reading/signing/spreading this: https://t.co/KoDWeYognP pic.twitter.com/OIZZGHLegw
— Sunsara Taylor (@SunsaraTaylor) June 11, 2018
Melanie had a reminder for Trump supporters who found De Niro’s exercise in free speech offensive:
I'm laughing at people mad at DeNiro. Seriously…a president who is in bed with the Russians, cheats on his wife with porn stars, and is obstructing justice deserves every word.
— Melanie the Crazy Hair Gal (@DivineMzM) June 11, 2018