Robert De Niro, fresh off of his profanity-laced tirade against President Donald Trump at the Tony Awards, is getting pushback in a place he didn’t expect: his Broadway play.
De Niro is currently directing the play “A Bronx Tale: The Musical” on Broadway, an adaptation of his film. After the play ended on Sunday evening, and actors came out for a curtain call, one of the audience members stood near the front of the stage and held up a “Trump 2020 – Keep America Great” flag.
Audience members and those on stage tried to ignore the man, who was shortly escorted out of the theater.
The protest was an obvious answer to De Niro’s profane pronouncement of “F**k Trump” at the Tony Awards last week.
Such counter-protests to the left-wing culture of the New York theater community are becoming more common. Last year, after a staging of the play “Julius Caesar” featured a Trump-like character being stabbed in the back, protesters began interrupting subsequent performances.
Here is a picture of Sunday’s protester, from social media.
In a completely ironic move, De Niro’s supporters are now upset that a Broadway play is being politicized, one week after applauding De Niro himself for turning an awards show for Broadway plays political.
“The times we live in,” Joe Del Vicario, one of the theater patrons, tweeted. “At the end of A Bronx Tale, a man turned around and faced the audience to show us how big of a pair he has. He was escorted shortly after. It’s sad that people can’t enjoy a beautiful show and embrace its unifying message without politicizing it.”
A Trump supporter tried disrupting a performance of the Robert De Niro-directed “A Bronx Tale: The Musical” on Saturday — standing up during the curtain call and displaying a “Keep America Great!” flag toward the audience.
Several people in attendance took to social media to document what happened Saturday night at the end of the 8 p.m. showing of “A Bronx Tale” — which is directed by De Niro and four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks.
Photos posted on Twitter showed the Trump supporter standing up in the front row with the “Keep America Great” campaign flag in his hands as cast members take their final bow.
“TRUMP 2020,” the flag said.
In the photos posted online, almost everyone in the first few rows has their eyes locked on the stage, including the people right next to the man. His demonstration appears to be a direct response to the “F–k Trump” comments that De Niro made during the Tony Awards last week.
The protest triggered many De Niro supporters, oblivious to the fact that they applauded De Niro’s protest a week ago.
Brian Strumwasser, a hair department supervisor on “A Bronx Tale” and several other productions, agreed — saying the man “disrespected” the cast and crew.
“Whoever the low life scum bag who thinks it’s ok to post their political views at a Broadway show and disrespect everyone there who paid to watch a show that is ALL ABOUT INCLUSION was thankfully removed from the theater Saturday night,” Strumwasser wrote Sunday on Instagam.
“Robert De Niro is one of our directors and has started in the movie and was able to make 6000 people roar and cheer @thetonyawards for saying ‘F*CK TRUMP,’” Strumwasser added. “If @realdonaldtrump wants to visit @bronxtalemusical maybe he himself will learn what racism is and how we deal with it. #f–ktrump…#dontf–kwiththebronx.”
Here are some of the angry tweets in response to the protest.
The times we live in. At the end of A Bronx Tale, a man turned around and faced the audience to show us how big of a pair he has. He was escorted shortly after. It's sad that people can't enjoy a beautiful show and embrace its unifying message without politicizing it. #broadway pic.twitter.com/6tVN4Qf4d6
— Joe Del Vicario (@joedelvicario_) June 17, 2018
— Riot Housewives (@RiotHousewives) June 18, 2018
De Niro himself has not commented on the protest.
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