Robert De Niro is famous for his laconic public statements. Except for Donald Trump and his isolating policy. Robert De Niro is expressed thunderously and always effective, with the sharpness that distinguishes him. That’s what he did yesterday at the Lincoln Center, receiving his Honorable Chaplin Award.
The 73-year-old actor told the audience that with Donald Trump’s immigration policy and the restrictions he is applying and planning for immigrants entering the US, Charlie Chaplin wiould never manage to go to America. “All of us, in the world of cinema, directors, actors, scriptwriters, crews, audiences,” De Niro said, “we owe a lot to Charlie Chaplin, an immigrant who probably would not have gone through today’s extreme control. I hope we will not leave the next Chaplin outside the country. “
As a British, Charlie Chaplin first went to America in 1910 and lived in the country for four decades. However, on a trip to England in 1952, the US authorities did not allow him again to enter the United States because of his rumored communist beliefs, so Chaplin turned to Switzerland where he lived for the rest of his life, returned to America to receive an honorary prize from Lincoln Center, the same prize, which a few years later, took his name.
De Niro, of course, did not stop at this sharp note, but added that Donald Trump government’s policy is hostile to the arts and that decisions to reduce resources given to culture are made for “political polarization” reasons. In particular, De Niro stated in his speech, “The Government considers that the money for cultural programs (like the National Arts Fund) is for a rich, liberal elite. That’s what they now call it “alternative news,” I call it shame.
The government’s mischief over art and entertainment is an expression of their malice towards people who want art, people who also want and deserve decent wages, a fair tax system, a safe environment, education for their children And care for everyone. “