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Twitter Explodes as Robert De Niro Swears at Trump During Tony Awards

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Rosie Leonard | 11 June, 2018, 16:31

Although most of the speakers at the Tony Awards avoided mentioning Trump by name, many sporting "Times Up" pins and highlighting left-leaning organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union.

Springsteen attended the four-hour rehearsal Sunday morning and electrified the sleepy crowd when he walked onstage in a T-shirt and jeans, performed one song on the piano from his sold-out one-man show and departed to a standing ovation.

"Mr. De Niro's comments were unscripted and unexpected", CBS said in a statement. "Boy, do we need that now".

"I'm gonna say one thing: "F*** Trump!" he exclaimed".

A-list talent expected to be on hand this year includes Robert De Niro, Claire Danes, Billy Joel, Carey Mulligan, Jim Parsons and Kerry Washington. "It was Robert De Niro?".

Kushner would later offer up a more serious answer on the matter adding that he agreed with De Niro, referring to Trump's election as the "Hitler mistake". Though "Mean Girls" was nominated for 12 awards, the stage adapation of the Tina Fey film did not win any. In addition, the show featured a special performance from the 2017 Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen.

Best Actress In A Play Winner, Glenda Jackson recognised for her work in Three Tall Women, praised the multi-cultural nature of the theatre business.

"The Band's Visit", about Egyptian musicians stranded in a small Israeli town, also won acting awards for stars Tony Shaloub, Katrina Lenk and Ari'el Stachel, as well as best book, score, director, orchestration, sound design and lighting.

The shows director, David Cromer, said the musical is also about loneliness and despair, and asked everyone to reach out to anyone for whom "despair is overwhelming". Well, nearly everyone. Harry Potter director John Tiffany somehow deemed it appropriate to stop the telecast and ask the audience to sing "Happy Birthday" to his boyfriend. He told viewers they have "21 weeks to save our democracy and heal our planet".

Garfield dedicated the award, his first Tony, to the LGBTQ community, for a "spirit that says no to oppression". It is a spirit that says no to bigotry, to shame, and to exclusion.

"We're lost right now, culturally", he said.

The British actor, who received the award for his role as Prior Walter in Angels in America, referenced the Supreme Court's ruling last week in favour of Colorado's Masterpiece Cakeshop, which refused to serve a gay couple after it found out the order was for a wedding cake.

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