The Tony Awards touched on emotions and nerves Sunday night. Two moments last night are receiving a lot of attention outside the theater community. Both received standing ovations.
First Parkland, Florida drama teacher Melody Herzfeld was named the recipient of the 2018 Excellence in Theatre Education Award. Hertzfeld sheltered 65 students during the February massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
“All the goodness and tragedy that has brought me to this point will never be erased,” Parkland drama teacher Melody Herzfeld said as she accepted her Tony Award https://t.co/7TbPuixDkH
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 11, 2018
After her honor was handed down some of her drama students performed “Seasons of Love” from the Broadway show “Rent.”
Nearly five months after tragedy struck their school, drama students from Parkland, Florida, took to the Tony’s stage with an emotional rendition of “Seasons of Love.” https://t.co/sAwQVVlwZL pic.twitter.com/wJEEWaIACn
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 11, 2018
Watch the full song above.
Meanwhile, late in the show Robert DeNiro caused censors to take quick action to bleep him not once, but twice. DeNiro, an outspoken critic of Donald Trump didn’t hold back. Here’s the uncensored version.
— Rhett Bartlett (@dialmformovies) June 11, 2018
DeNiro’s statement against Trump is causing mixed reaction from both sides of the aisle.
Robert DeNiro is a national treasure. At the same time, we all know what Barack Obama would say. “Don’t say ‘fuck Trump,’ vote.”
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) June 11, 2018
If you're more offended by Robert DeNiro, an actor, swearing at Trump than President Trump's lies, attacks on Mexicans, Muslims, women, black people, poor people, undocumented immigrants, the press and basic decency, then you are part of the problem.
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) June 11, 2018
I’ve always enjoyed fellow Paisan Robert De Niro’s work… #Basta
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) June 11, 2018
— David Wohl (@DavidWohl) June 11, 2018
Inarticulate, Low IQ Robert DeNiro screams 'F— Trump' on The Tony Awards and gets a standing ovation. Nothing helps Pres Trump's popularity more then having the pompous, very elitist Broadway crowd boo him. https://t.co/5RXbrS0lVf #MAGA2018
— MARK SIMONE (@MarkSimoneNY) June 11, 2018
Trump hasn’t tweeted about DeNiro’s comment yet, but one can assume it didn’t go over well.
Today, Trump hates Justin Trudeau and Robert DeNiro but loves Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un
— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) June 11, 2018