Robert De Niro defended celebrities from a tech mogul when he took to the podium at a WSJ Magazine event in New York City Wednesday night.
De Niro was on hand at the WSJ Magazine Innovator Awards, held at the Museum of Modern Art, to present Angelina Jolie with the Entertainment/Film Innovator award. But instead of sticking to the script, the 72-year-old actor used the moment to call out Stewart Butterfield, creator of Flickr and Slack. While accepting the award for Technology Innovator, Butterfield joked about being the "nerd" in the star-studded crowd.
“I watched ‘Godfather II’ on the plane," he said pointing to De Niro, according to Page Six. "When you killed Don Fanucci, I liked that.”
When De Niro got his moment onstage, he countered: “Whoever the last speaker was ... I thought you were a bit condescending to us actors ... celebrities. I’m gonna go on record with you just to say that. And I don’t give a f **k who you are.”
Butterfield didn't seem to mind too much.
De Niro was on the receiving end of a condescension critique recently. In September, a reporter called him condescending after he called her questioning "negative" and said "I'm not doing this, darling" before walking out.
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