OPINION | Ken Pittman: De Niro Should Face FCC Fine
Last night on national television, actor Robert De Niro, the celebrated Hollywood movie star known for his dependable mafia persona, became a confirmed celebrated low-class adolescent.
He stood at the podium of the coveted Broadway Tony Awards and decided to interject his in-depth political insight into the evening by stating, "I'm just gonna say one thing. F**k Trump. It's no longer down with Trump, it's f**k Trump."
The audience, packed with personal issue-laden liberal actors, dancers, singers, producers and their stalkers reacted with a standing ovation. If the networks enjoy the lack of a powerful message sent from the Federal Communications Commission, it is time for a change.
CBS should be hit with a maximum fine, and so should De Niro. This #Faketoughguy who was admired even here for his ability to entertain, is now "dead to me...you here dat', not breathin', dead! (Analyze This reference, for those that don't get it).
Seriously, though. I don't pay for HBO or movie tickets to get a feel for what this really odd man thinks. I want to be entertained. De Niro, remember this: you were the fake tough wise guy. Trump actually had to face the real wise guys of Manhattan, Brooklyn, New Jersey and Atlantic City, and he's obviously still doing more than fine.
If you think you can do better than Donald Trump, run for office, you chicken, instead of this childish tantrum-like grandstanding for your compatriot, grey-haired 60-something-year-old children of the entertainment world.
This is no age of tolerance, this is blatant hatred, licensed by the network. When you say "F**k Trump", you are saying, "F**k you if you voted for Trump."
I'll remind you that President Trump defeated your friend Hillary Rodham Clinton, and won in a sizable victory in the electoral college, and if you remove the politically insane state of California (home of Hollywood), Donald Trump won the popular vote by over a million in the other 49 states combined.
One wouldn't have to guess whether or not De Niro and the entire left would scream of racism or misogyny if a right-of-center celebrity ever walked up to a microphone on national TV and shouted "F**k Obama", or "F**k Hillary", were the outcome different in November of 2016 for the latter.
Hollywood and Broadway are both loaded with self indulgent, ego-centric psychotropic medicine-dependent weirdos with undeniable exceptional talent to entertain others. The both are, however, in need of adult supervision. If the networks continue with the Urkle-esque response of "Did I do that?" when it comes to putting someone in front of the microphone who violates my airwaves, the public airwaves, then the punishment must outweigh the temptation.
I am a broadcaster. I have strong opinions. In my 14-plus years on radio or television, you did not hear me once break an FCC rule. I have far too much respect for the listeners of all ages, and frankly don't relish the fines sometimes handed down by the FCC. Well, it is time. The left continues to push for open hatred for the right-of-center.
Google was just busted for linking the terms "California Republican Party" synonymous with "racist" in internet searches. More and more people in important positions, who lean politically left, are easing an acceptable bigotry into America. An open hatred for the right of center. They now call Trump voters the "Alt-Right," and consider Trump voters to be Nazis.
Kind of funny to know that the left that fights for national socialism doesn't seem to understand that "Nazi" is an acronym for "National Socialist."
People are going to get hurt if the mainstream liberal elite and the far right fringe in this nation have their way. It is not a matter of if, it is a matter of when, and the clock is ticking.
Ken Pittman is the host of The Ken Pittman Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @RadioKenPittman. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.