According to the report, IndieWire asked De Niro about the success of the “Roseanne” reboot, in which the title character, portrayed by comedian Roseanne Barr, is a Trump supporter, as Barr is in real life.
“I’ve never seen her show before, I didn’t know she was supporting Trump, but I have no interest in that,” he said. “We’re at a point with all of us this where it’s beyond trying to see another person’s point of view. There are ways you can talk about that, but we’re at a point where the things that are happening in our country are so bad and it comes from Trump. There are so many people who have left his administration. It’s a serious thing. So I don’t care about Roseanne. They want that thing, fine. We have real issues in this country.”
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Translation: To hell with Trump supporters even though they make up at least half the country and no doubt helped De Niro get filthy rich by patronizing his movies.
Of course, De Niro starred in one of the most celebrated movies of all time to feature gun violence, as the unhinged Travis Bickle in Martin Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver.” The actor said he had no issue with portraying characters whose behavior or positions run counter to his own. “I could play somebody who’s a total lunatic,” he said. “I could play somebody who’s a member of the NRA. It doesn’t mean I subscribe to that. That’s what an actor does.”
In other words, De Niro makes his millions by pretending to be something he’s not. Now he’s telling those who made him rich that he doesn’t care what they think. In short, he’s saying, “to hell with you.”
No, De Niro — to hell with YOU. The American people rejected Hillary Clinton and chose Donald Trump to be their president in 2016. Deal with it.
IndieWire further noted (Edited for language):
The actor made headlines a month before the 2016 election by declaring that he’d like to punch the future president in the face, and during a speech at the National Board of Review’s gala in January, he declared, “this f**king idiot is our president.” Now, as De Niro gears up for the 2018 edition of Tribeca Film Festival, which he co-founded in 2002, he has found some semblance of progress in one area of the political landscape — the debate about gun control.
So, who does De Niro care about?
“The people that I care about are those young people who demonstrated,” he told IndieWire, referring to the anti-gun protesters who marched in Washington last month. “They’re the future. They know. They say, ‘We’ll remember in November.’ They’re the ones that feel the way we do, not the way the gun lovers and the NRA do, with all that idiocy to the point of absurdity.”
Fine. Then perhaps De Niro would be okay if those who support freedom and the Constitution reject him and his “art.”
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