Robert De Niro received an honourary degree from Rhode Island’s prestigious Brown University on Sunday, and had some choice words to share about the “nightmarish” political climate that’s taken hold since the election of Donald Trump as America’s 45th president.
During his commencement speech, the “Raging Bull” Oscar-winner used an analogy to describe America, noting that “in movie terms” the country was once “an inspiring, uplifting drama” but has now degenerated into “a tragic dumbass comedy,” reports Associated Press.
The day before the commencement ceremony, De Niro appeared onstage at Brown for a Q&A session with students, where he likewise blasted Trump with both barrels.
When asked what he’s been watching on TV lately, De Niro admitted he’s been viewing a lot of CNN lately in order to keep up with the latest things the “idiot” has been up to, reports the Providence Journal.
Referencing Trump’s campaign promise to shake up the status quo, De Niro quipped: “And you know what, now, you did shake it up, buddy. You shook it up real well. But now we have to get back to reality. And you guys have to do it. That’s all I have to say. Plus us. But you guys. It’s your future,” he told the students.
Another questioner asked De Niro to comment on the “celebrity culture” that’s overtaken the world.
“Don’t be famous for being famous,” declared De Niro. “We have a president now who is here because he was on one of those [reality] shows,” he said. “And where are we? There might be people who disagree on that. It’s just a nightmarish situation as far as I’m concerned.”