Robert De Niro slammed for racist comment

Many celebrities came out Monday night to support a fundraiser for President Obama’s re-election campaign, including Oscar-winner Robert De Niro. He had the honor of introducing the first lady, Michelle Obama, but didn’t use the smartest choice of words when he jokingly named the wives of Republican presidential candidates and suggested that America wasn’t ready for a white first lady. “Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady?” Although the crowd responded with approval, De Niro is getting serious flak for his comments. “I do want to say one thing, both on behalf of my wife and on behalf of Karen Santorum and on behalf of Ann Romney, I think that Robert De Niro’s wrong,” candidate Newt Gingrich said at a campaign stop. “I think the country is ready for a new first lady, and he doesn’t have to describe it in racial terms.”

On behalf of the president, Obama’s press secretary released the following statement: “We believe the joke was inappropriate.” The actor has since apologized via E! News: “My remarks, although spoken with satirical jest, were not meant to offend or embarrass anyone, especially the first lady.”

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  1. Trevor • March 21, 2012 @ 12:18 PM

    Those three women he spoke of are just vile and of the lowest caliber if human being. especially Gingrich and Santorum. Ugly and evil women.

  2. Chris • March 21, 2012 @ 2:06 PM

    Oh please. People need to relax.

  3. allee • March 21, 2012 @ 2:15 PM

    Omg seriously people? how the hell is that racist? atleast he isnt afraid to say whats on his mind

  4. Lola • March 21, 2012 @ 3:29 PM

    I don’t get it. Werent all the first ladies before michelle obama white? this was clearly a joke :S

  5. Reggie • March 21, 2012 @ 3:42 PM

    Clearly a joke. I don’t know who was supposed to be offended by this. Is it us white people? Anyone who knows anything about Robert DeNiro knows his wife is African American. So who was offended? Or was it simply the 3 wives of the GOP candidates? If so, why did the GOP turn it into a race thing when it was just about 3 priviledged white ladies?

  6. Jamie • March 21, 2012 @ 5:01 PM

    Thats BS…Because Had it been said ” I dont think this country is ready for a BLACK first lady” it would be A Whole different story now wouldnt it?????????? dont even lie, so yes I believe his ignorant dumb self should apologize. He just needs to keep his mouth shut, and yes I said BLACK!!!!!! not african american, im not european american…so deal with it America

  7. Germain • March 21, 2012 @ 6:54 PM

    It wasn’t offensive at all, it was a joke. His only mistake is giving those 3 candidates something to talk about and make themselves the center of attention in this story, he just gave them more exposure.

  8. C-Dub • March 21, 2012 @ 7:56 PM

    Wow. Can’t joke about anything. DeNiro having an African American wife doesn’t mean anything, his comment meant to me that America likes Michelle Obama and that Americans and the world in general likely can’t see anyone other than her as the first lady, they are so used to it.
    It was only mildly humourous though.
    Get over it people. And YES if there was a white first lady and he said america wasn’t progressive enough for a black first lady, of course it would offend people. But everyone was not ready and didn’t think that a black man would be president and it did happen! The POWER of vote! So now we can say it’s strange to go back to white. That’s how I took it.

  9. J.C • March 21, 2012 @ 9:17 PM

    fuk them reggin…ppl are fuk

  10. Olive • March 21, 2012 @ 9:30 PM

    Ofensive? Calling a black person the n word (and I dont mean ninja) is offensive.

  11. Joan • March 21, 2012 @ 9:47 PM

    It wasn’t that funny, but I guess he tried. Not offensive at all though, people really should relax a little. Sheesh.

  12. J. • March 22, 2012 @ 1:57 AM

    As DeNiro said, it was in “satirical jest.” (American) people are too dumb to understand what he meant. In no way did he mean it to be offensive.

  13. Nobody Important • March 22, 2012 @ 6:46 AM

    That’s American Politics for ya… they have to polarize everything.

  14. Red • March 22, 2012 @ 11:34 AM

    Of course this was offensive. It might have been a joke but you people wouldn’t be so disregarding of it if he had said we aren’t ready for a black first lady. so why should it be any different when its reversed? This is the problem with America…why is t only considered racist when it’s one way and not the other?

  15. Jig • March 22, 2012 @ 11:35 AM

    Regardless of what de niro said, I don’t think Obama should be held responsible for it.

  16. Joshua • March 22, 2012 @ 8:40 PM

    My oh my clam down it was just a joke. Its was a bad joke but people need to chill the f**k out… Epecially you Jamie.

  17. Dan • March 23, 2012 @ 3:46 AM

    Lol jamie/red if he said that then it would have been all over CNN and he would have been deemed a nazi KKK hybrid or somthing.

  18. jax • March 23, 2012 @ 5:32 AM

    De Niro is the man. F*** em all

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