Robert De Niro decries Trump administration's 'hostility' toward the arts

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Mag 10, 2017

This is what they now call an 'alternative fact, ' but I call it bullsh*t.

"I don't make movies for rich liberal elites", De Niro said at the event, which took place at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theatre.

De Niro, who collected the 44th Film Society of Lincoln Centre's Chaplin Award, previously said he wanted to punch Mr Trump in the face as the Republican ran for office.

Sure enough, when we congratulated De Niro on his long and accomplished career, he said: "Thanks, thanks - thanks for that", seeming to imply that he was being called old.

"The budget proposal, among its other draconian cuts to life-saving and life-enhancing programs, eliminates the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting".

Cinema's biggest stars were out in force otherwise to support the actor.

This is started to look a lot like something out of one of De Niro's movies.

Deadline reports that in a speech made at a gala benefit in his honour at the Lincoln Center in NY, the 73-year-old actor took aim at the Trump administration's "extreme vetting", which he feared could prevent "the next Chaplin" from entering the country.

Chaplin, who hailed from London and moved to Los Angeles in 1913, was later exiled from the U.S. for supposedly supporting communism during the witch-hunts of the McCarthy era.

"I love Bob. I feel like I can kind of call him Bob now, although I never feel really comfortable calling him that when he's not around", Stiller told Variety.

"By being here tonight, you are supporting arts for everyone, ' he said onstage, reported Deadline".

'I mean, he's so blatantly stupid. A mutt who doesn't know what he's talking about, ' De Niro said at the time. I'm more bent toward film.

De Niro's speech was met with applause by the crowd at the event which also saw tributes from Streep - a former recipient of the award - Whoopi Goldberg, Sean Penn, Harvey Keitel and Ben Stiller.

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