Yes, Mr. President, he’s talking to you.
Robert De Niro took the opportunity while accepting the Chaplin Award in New York City Monday to blast President Donald Trump’s proposal to slash the federal arts budget.
The actor told the audience at the Film Society of Lincoln Center event that movies go through a voting process of sorts by critics and filmgoers, before posterity decides if they’re art.
“I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately because of our government’s hostility towards art,” he said.
“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 divisive political purposes, the administration suggests that the money for these all-inclusive programs goes to rich liberal elites,” he continued.
“This is what they now call an ‘alternative fact,’ but I call it bullshit.”
De Niro wasn’t done. “I don’t make movies for ‘rich, liberal elites,’ “ he said. “I’ve got my restaurants for that. I ― and all of us speaking here tonight — make them for you.”
The Hollywood great, a frequent critic of the president, also worked in a slap at the administration’s immigration policies. He noted that Chaplin was “an immigrant who probably wouldn’t pass today’s ‘extreme vetting.’”
“I hope we’re not keeping out the next Chaplin,” he said.
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