CNN Stands Behind Star Anchor Cuomo After 'Fredo' Fight
CNN Stands Behind Star Anchor Cuomo After 'Fredo' Fight
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13 August, 2019, 16:10
A video has gone viral showing CNN anchor Chris Cuomo in an altercation with a man who called him "Fredo" - which Cuomo says is as offensive to Italians and Italian-Americans as the N-word is to African-Americans. "We completely support him", CNN spokesman Matt Dornic said in a statement on Twitter.
The video, said to have been sent to "THAT'S THE POINT with Brandon", shows Cuomo threatening a man who called him "Fredo".
Oddly, the bigger online debate has focused Cuomo's claim that "Fredo" (a term that the heckler referred to Cuomo as) is an ethnic slur akin to calling a person of color the N-word.
The situation then escalates with Cuomo telling the man: "I'll f-ing throw you down these stairs like a f-ing punk... you're gonna call me Fredo, take a f-ing swing?"
The claim in that tweet that Rush Limbaugh calls Cuomo Fredo are backed up by these transcripts. "'Fredo" was from "The Godfather.' He was a weak brother and they use that as an Italian slur- are any of you Italian?".
Cuomo, who hosts "Prime Time" weeknights on CNN, has not addressed the incident on-air.
"I say good for @ChrisCuomo", he tweeted. It's a f****** insult to your people.
Here's the video exchange (beware: the video contains profanity). Are any of you Italian?
It's officially Not Safe for Work, but here's Chris Cuomo throwing down with a man he calls a "punk-a** b****". The channel reported that the man was a "news fan" and simply wanted to take a photo with the prominent TV personality when Cuomo burst into his tirade. "You want to be a man, stand up like a man. own what you said".
The ephemeral meaning of words - and this case, fictional characters names - has never been on clearer display here, as Don Jr.is far from the only opinion that matters.
That argument seems to only add fuel to the fire of Cuomo's anger, who switches up to physical threats.
"You're a much more reasonable guy in person than you seem to be on television", the first man tells Cuomo. However, Cuomo threatened significant violence in response to nothing more than a dumb personal insult while hijacking the N-word to wrap himself in victimhood, not to mention hijack Italians of American descent at the same time. "He deserves the apology".
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