De Niro Blasts Trump in Awards Speech Over His 'Bulls--t'

Taxpayer funding of the arts is a polarizing issue. As soon as President Donald Trump eliminated federal funding in his recent budget, actor Robert De Niro was quick to jump on a soapbox and disrespect the president.

De Niro has taken below-the-belt shots at Trump before. "He’s so blatantly stupid. He’s a punk. He’s a dog. He’s a pig. He’s a con, a bulls--t artist, a mutt who doesn’t know what he’s talking about, doesn’t do his homework, doesn’t care," he's said.

Now, the actor is furious that Trump's new budget proposal would cut National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting out of the budget.

“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," De Niro explained as he accepted the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s 44th Chaplin Award for lifetime achievement. "...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.”

De Niro seems to believe that public television depriving people of Dr. Who re-runs and artist who pee on crucifixes is 'mean-spirited' and 'unfair'. "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.”

Many Hollywood A-listers and big wigs are as outraged as De Niro is about the pulling of public funding for the arts. Even with America's budget crisis, it's more important that elitist artists get the opportunity to show off animal poop sculptures than it is to get the country's finances under control again.

Lawmakers who support funding of the arts point out that it's no longer necessary to put that burden on the taxpayer. This is truer than ever in this day and age of social media and crowdfunding-- it lets people use their money to support the art they actually like, rather than putting that money into the hands of elitists to decide which art should be funded.

Source: Real Time Politics
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