You may not recognize CNN anchor Chris Cuomo not wearing a perfectly tailored Brooks Brothers suit, but when the hair gel is washed out and the studio cameras aren’t rolling, the 49-year-old is nothing to be messed with.
In a video that’s going mega-viral, the Yale-educated television journalist is set off by a commoner, who got Cuomo’s attention by calling him Fredo, al la Fredo Corleone–the younger, weaker, less intelligent, less influential Corleone brother in The Godfather.
The video was posted to the Twitter page of conservative media personality Brandon Straka, who added some context:
On 8/11/19 in Shelter Island, NY. My source that sent this in says he was just asking for a photo and thought his name was Fredo from being an avid listener of @RushLimbaughEIB
“No, punk-ass b—-es from the right call me ‘Fredo.’ My name is Chris Cuomo. I’m an anchor on CNN,” a heated Cuomo responded. “‘Fredo’ was from ‘The Godfather.’ He was a weak brother and they use that as an Italian slur — are any of you Italian?… It’s a f—ing insult to your people. It’s an insult to your f–kin’ people. It’s like the n-word for us. Is that a cool f—ing thing?”
Every fiber of my being yearned for Cuomo to put this douchebag in a blender (although I did laugh at the “you’re a much more reasonable guy in person than you are on television” line. Credit due).
It takes a giant douche canoe for Sean Hannity to take sides with his enemy over at CNN, but here we are.
On Twitter, as always, opinions are divided.
There are some who think this is a smear on Cuomo’s image/thought the confrontation was warranted.
And those who think Cuomo should have fucked up this dude’s face.
A country divided. And around and around we go.