“Punk-ass b*tches on the right call me Fredo! My name is Chris Cuomo. I’m an anchor on CNN,” Cuomo explained angrily.
“Fredo was on The Godfather. He was the weak brother. And they use it as an Italian aspersion,” he added.
Cuomo said if you are Italian, being called “Fredo” is “a f*cking insult to your people.”
“It’s like the n-word for us,” he explained heatedly.
It was perfectly acceptable, just last year at the Atlantic, which ran a piece from David Frum with a photo atop it of actor John Cazale from the Godfather, and the headline, “Donald Trump Goes Full Fredo,” plus the Google-bot friendly meta title, “Donald Trump Is a Real-Life Fredo Corleone.”
Why didn’t Frum, his editor (the legendarily unflappable Jeffrey Goldberg…), and whoever wrote the post’s meta title catch this equivalent of the N-word before letting Frum expose himself as a stone cold racist?
And while it’s understandable that Cuomo can’t police the Atlantic, why didn’t he send harshly worded memos to his fellow newsreaders at CNN to inform them of just how racially insensitive they were being in recent months?
As James Hasson, formerly of the Washington Examiner tweets, “The funniest part of the Cuomo freakout is that if he’d just said ‘get a life, I’m out with my family,’ then people would have sympathized with him. But because he took it to 11 and compared ‘fredo’ to the n-word—and CNN PR doubled down on it—everyone will now call him Fredo.”