Robert De Niro is not hiding his disdain for President Donald Trump.
De Niro has never been a fan of Trump: “He’s so blatantly stupid. He’s a punk. He’s a dog. He’s a pig. He’s a con, a bullshit artist, a mutt who doesn’t know what he’s talking about, doesn’t do his homework, doesn’t care.”
De Niro has spent much of his career providing seminal masculine archetypes in Hollywood, and he doesn’t care about Trump’s blustering strongman persona.
De Niro was awarded the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s 44th Chaplin Award for lifetime achievement. He attacked Trump during this event:
“Everyone knows Chaplin was a great artist, but he made his movies to entertain. It was only later that they became art. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately because of our government’s hostility towards art. 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 the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. For their own devices and political purposes, the administration suggests that the money for these all inclusive program goes to the rich, liberal elite. This is what they now call an alternative fact. I call it what it is — bullshit.”
“The administration’s mean-spiritedness towards our art and entertainment is an expression of their mean-spirited attitude about people who want that art and entertainment, people who also want and deserve decent wages, a fair tax system, a safe environment, education for their children and healthcare for all. All of us in film — directors, actors, writers, crews, audiences — owe a debt to Charlie Chaplin, an immigrant who probably wouldn’t pass today’s extreme vetting. I hope we’re not keeping out the next Chaplin.”