Cuomo ridiculed for comparing ‘Fredo’ to N-word – Washington Examiner

Cuomo ridiculed for comparing ‘Fredo’ to N-word – Washington Examiner

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo is facing backlash after suggesting that calling an Italian “Fredo” is equivalent to the N-word.

Cuomo, 49, made the comparison after someone called him “Fredo,” a reference to the weak character fromThe Godfather.

“No, punk-ass b–ches from the Right call me ‘Fredo.’ My name is Chris Cuomo. I’m an anchor on CNN,” the newsman said. “‘Fredo’ was fromThe Godfather. He was a weak brother and they use that as an Italian slur — are any of you Italian?”

[Read more:‘Truth hurts’: Trump labels Chris Cuomo ‘Fredo’ after video of confrontation surfaces]

“It’s a f—ing insult to your people. It’s an insult to your f—ing people. It’s like the N-word for us,” He added.

While many on social media have differed on whether or not Cuomo responded appropriately, he was condemned widely for comparing the name to the N-word.

I think the guy was being a jerk to @chriscuomo, and I certainly understand Cuomo getting pissed, but there’s just no way calling someone Fredo Corleone is like the n-word. There just isn’t. That’s plain nuts.

— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro)
August 13, 2019

Conservative pundit Ben Shapiro tweeted that he thought “the guy was being a jerk” to Cuomo, but “there’s just no way calling someone Fredo Corleone is like the n-word.”

So @ChrisCuomo says calling him “Fredo” is like the “N-word for us”

Weird, I don’t recall him having an issue with Ana Navarro calling @DonaldJTrumpJr “Fredo” ON HIS SHOW ON CNN.

I also don’t recall CNN having an issue with Rick Wilson calling Rep. Nunez “Fredo” on CNN.


— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull)
August 13, 2019

Similarly, former National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch mocked Cuomo by remembering that he also insisted “fake news” is “as bad as the N word.”

Words that are as bad as the N word, according to Cuomo:

– Fredo
– Fake news

— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch)
August 13, 2019

So @ChrisCuomo says that “Fredo”— a character on The Godfather— is the same as the n-word? Equating the two is the very definition of white privilege and diminishes the generations of hate African Americans have had to endure.

— Steven Cheung (@CaliforniaPanda)
August 13, 2019

Donald Trump Jr. tweeted that Cuomo “grotesquely compar[ed] ‘Fredo’ to the N word.”

Unbelievable: @Youtube has taken down the viral video showing @chriscuomo threatening to assault a heckler and then grotesquely comparing “Fredo” to the N word. Youtube/Google literally covering up his racism and violent threats. You can’t make this stuff up. #StopTheBias

— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr)
August 13, 2019

Fox News host Sean Hannity, by contrast, defended Cuomo, arguing that the man who called him Fredo “is being a jackass in front of [Cuomo’s] family” and that Cuomo “has zero to apologize for,” though he did not address the comparison itself.

I say good for @ChrisCuomo

He’s out with his 9 year old daughter, and his wife, and this guy is being a jackass in front of his family.

Imho Chris Cuomo has zero to apologize for. He deserves the apology.

— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity)
August 13, 2019

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