Fredo is a reference to Fredo Corleone, the son of Vito Corleone in The Godfather.
A video has surfaced of CNN’s Chris Cuomo obtaining into a heated exchange at a New York City bar soon after a person referred to him as Fredo.
“Punk ass bitches from the proper get in touch with me ‘Fredo.’ My name is Chris Cuomo, I’m an anchor on CNN,” Cuomo can be heard saying in the video, which was shared on Twitter Monday evening.
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“Fredo is from The Godfather, he was a weak brother and they use it as an Italian aspersion,” he continues. Cuomo is referring to Fredo Corleone, the inept second son of Vito Corleone.
“Any of you Italian?…It’s an insult to your f**king men and women. It is like the N-word for us,” Cuomo adds.
The man continues to say that he believed Cuomo’s name was Fredo but the anchor does not think him.
“You did not feel that…stand up like a man,” Cuomo says. “Own what you mentioned.”
The exchange then escalates soon after the anchor tells the man: “I’ll f**king throw you down these stairs like a f**king punk… you are gonna get in touch with me Fredo, take a f**king swing? I’ll f**king wreck your s**t.”
CNN later released a statement supporting the anchor: “Chris Cuomo defended himself when he was verbally attacked with the use of an ethnic slur in an orchestrated setup. We entirely assistance him.”
Donald Trump added himself into the discussion in between Cuomo and the man when he tweeted the following Tuesday morning: “I believed Chris was Fredo also. The truth hurts. Completely lost it! Low ratings @CNN.”
I believed Chris was Fredo also. The truth hurts. Completely lost it! Low ratings @CNN https://t.co/yBpGjt4N1T
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2019
While several have come to the defense of Cuomo and mentioned he was provoked by the man, they also disagree with him equating the name Fredo to a racial slur.
While I disagree that calling #ChrisCuomo “Fredo” = calling a black individual the n-word, I get his point and assistance his response to this rightwing loser who ambushed him. Some men and women feel possessing a cell telephone & You Tube channel tends to make them journalists. 11 yr olds have each, so..
— Tim Sensible (@timjacobwise) August 13, 2019