Robert De Niro Accuses Apple of Editing Out Anti-Trump Comments from Speech

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Robert De Niro had his speech edited a few hours before he went on the stage for a tribute to “Killers of the Flower Moon.”

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Published on Nov 29, 2023

On stage Monday night for the presentation of the Gotham Historical Icon and Creator Tribute for Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon,” Robert De Niro said that his speech at the ceremony was edited without his knowledge.

The initial part of De Niro’s speech contained anti-Trump comments and criticisms of the entertainment industry — parts which were edited out as a “revised version” of his speech was displayed on the teleprompter, Variety reported. According to their sources, two Apple employees sent the teleprompter company an email with the new speech that omitted references to Donald Trump.

After realizing that entire sections of his speech had been removed, De Niro read the original speech from his phone. “I just want to say one thing,” said the actor, “The beginning of my speech was edited, cut out, and I didn’t know about it. And I want to read it” he added before reading the missing sections for his phone:

“History isn’t history anymore. Truth is not truth. Even facts are being replaced by alternative facts and driven by conspiracy theories and ugliness. In Florida, young students are taught that slaves developed skills which can be applied for their personal benefit.


The entertainment industry isn’t immune to this festering disease. The Duke, John Wayne, famously said of Native Americans, ‘I don’t feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves.’


Lying has become just another tool in the charlatan’s arsenal. The former president lied to us more than 30,000 times during his four years in office, and he’s keeping up the pace in his current campaign of retribution. But with all his lies, he can’t hide his soul. He attacks the weak, destroys the gifts of nature, and shows disrespect, for example, by using ‘Pocahontas’ as a slur.”

Reports claimed that the incident “was a miscommunication” since Apple — the film’s producer — was unaware that De Niro hadn’t signed off on the final draft. While initially having planned to thank Apple and the Gotham Film & Media Institute at the end of his speech, De Niro later said: “I don’t feel like thanking them at all for what they did. How dare they do that, actually.”

De Niro has long been openly critical of Trump: calling him “blatantly stupid” and “a bullshit artist” in a pre-election video, and stating how he “should not be president, period.”