In a surprising turn of events at the Gotham Awards in New York, renowned actor Robert De Niro revealed that his speech faced censorship without his knowledge. And it's due to his anti-Trump comments.
De Niro's speech took place as he took the stage of the Gotham historical icon and creator tribute for Martin Scorsese's film “Killers of the Flower Moon.” However, after delivering remarks about the movie, he disclosed that he no longer sees the initial part of his speech in the prompter.
According to Variety, the actor remained undeterred and proceeded to read the omitted section from his phone instead. In his speech, he expressed concerns about the distortion of history and truth. “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.
He also highlighted the troubling narrative taught in Florida schools and criticized the entertainment industry for perpetuating harmful ideas. Citing John Wayne's controversial remarks about Native Americans.
The actor didn't hold back in criticizing the former president, Donald Trump. In Robert De Niro's speech, he condemned his extensive record of lies and divisive tactics. Refusing to express gratitude to the film's backers, Apple, De Niro openly questioned their decision to censor his speech. “I don't feel like thanking them at all for what they did. How dare they do that, actually.”
In response to this development, inquiries have been made to both Apple and the Gotham Awards for their comments on the matter. This incident adds to De Niro's long history of vocal criticism against Trump.