Is 'Fredo' an Ethnic Slur Against Italians?

Elias Hubbard
August 14, 2019

Cuomo, 49, the younger brother of Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, took offense to being called "Fredo" at a recent event in a video released on August 12.

"I should be better than the guys baiting me", Cuomo said in a tweet. "This happens all the time", Scaramucci tweeted. "I don't support harassment of any public figure, especially in front of their children, and their family and their wife". However, he shouldn't "add to the ugliness" and "should be better than what I oppose".

President Donald Trump reacted to a viral video showing CNN host Chris Cuomo exploding at a man who called him "Fredo", saying that Cuomo "totally lost it!" Chris' father Mario is the former NY governor. "My name is Chris Cuomo".

Cuomo interviewed Scotto on January 29, 2014, the day after the unusual incident, playing the clip of the threat and calling it "almost impossible to believe".

"Although Chris" reaction made ME like him more than before, I think CNN's lack of action is absurd.

In The Godfather Part II, Fredo's presumed weakness only continues to flourish when he collaborates with rival mobsters to orchestrate Michael's assassination. Using negative stereotypes on the Italian community, or any community, isn't okay. "We completely support him", CNN spokesperson Matt Dornic tweeted.

"An excuse just as fake as his news", he said.

"I'll f-- ruin your shit, I'll f-- throw you down these stairs like a f-- punk", Cuomo tells him.

"No, punk-a** b***hes from the right call me "Fredo".

"Fredo", however, is not an ethnic slur, but an insult to a person's intelligence compared to their father and brothers.

"I thought that's who you were", the man says to Cuomo.

CNN host Chris Cuomo went viral on Monday night after a video of him in a heated exchange with another man over the word "Fredo" circulated online.

President Trump weighed in earlier Tuesday, writing: "I thought Chris was Fredo also". Fredo is a nickname that is meant to be an insult as it references a character from the movie The Godfather to describe him as the weaker, less intelligent brother in the Corleone family.

And Fox News' Hannity said "Cuomo has zero to apologize for".

Limbaugh said Cuomo displayed an elitist attitude. According to the site's harassment and cyberbullying policy, content "threatening specific individuals with physical harm or destruction of property"; that is "deliberately posted in order to humiliate someone"; or that "makes hurtful and negative personal comments/videos about another person" can all prompt YouTube to remove a video, among many other properties.

Oh, and about Cuomo's assertion that "Fredo" is an Italian slur?

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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