Chris Cuomo Called Out For Comparing ‘Fredo’ to the N-Word: ‘Very Definition of White Privilege’
A lot of conservative voices are strongly disagreeing with CNN’s Chris Cuomo on the idea that calling Italians “Fredo” is like calling black people the N-word.
Cuomo drew major media attention on Monday night over a viral video of his response to a man who heckled him while he was with his family. The heckler called Cuomo “Fredo” as a disparaging reference to the character from The Godfather, and the CNN anchor answered with a heated response where he said “I’ll f*cking ruin your sh*t. I’ll f*cking throw you down these stairs like a f*cking punk.”
During the altercation, Cuomo specifically responded to the “Fredo” insult by saying “They use it as an Italian aspersion. Any of you Italian? It’s an insult to your f*cking people. It’s like the N-word for us.” Conservatives have taken notice of Cuomo’s confrontation, and as it were, they are not impressed by his N-word comparison for several reasons:
Also, just in case you were wondering, it’s not only conservatives who disagree with the N-word-Fredo comparison:
I actually don’t think he did anything wrong to respond to a heckler disrespecting him in front of his family? But equating Fredo with the N-word is insanely ridiculous. He sounds ridiculous
— Jordan (@JordanChariton) August 13, 2019
Put aside the “fredo is the n-word” for Italians thing b/c ya know hundreds of years of slavery and murderous racism. This was purposeful hateful bullshit, and good for @ChrisCuomo. But remember this and far worse happens to women, LGBT, Jewish, and POC journalists every day https://t.co/EB8VzN01ka
— john r stanton (@dcbigjohn) August 13, 2019
Comparing slurs, #Fredo vs. the N word, misses the point. Don’t.
When ANY word is weaponized by bigoted intent, the target is right to be angry.
— Rev. Cornell William Brooks (@CornellWBrooks) August 13, 2019
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