Tony Awards 2018: A night of love, diversity, and shading Donald Trump
NEW YORK CITY — It was a night of love and diversity at the 72nd annual Tony Awards.
Performers and nominees at the Tony’s gave a big shout out to diversity in the Great White Way, including this year’s best costume design nominee Clint Ramos and winner Lea Salonga.
“The first one was a unique experience and I think the second one kind of reassured oneself that you know you’re actually doing well, it’s also very special nomination because it’s for once on this island with Salonga, and that’s truly always special.”
“I was told to change my last name from Mendez to Matthews or I wouldn’t work, and I just want to say how proud I am to be part of a community that celebrates diversity and individuality, and to all of you artists out there, be your true self and the world will take note,” said winner Lindsay Mendez.
But the most unforgettable words came from two-time Oscar winner Robert de Niro, dropping f-bombs when talking about President Donald Trump before introducing the boss – Bruce Springsteen.
CBS may have bleeped De Diro’s swear words for its millions of viewers, but those who attended the Tony’s heard exactly what the actor said.
“It’s apparent that we are a very Democratic community and that we support equality, so I’m so honored to be part of this community, especially kudos to Robert de Niro, big speech of the night, it’s a celebration of the theatre so we can never go wrong,” says Jhett Tolentino.
ABS-CBN has reached out to the White House for comment but has not received a response.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child won the Tony for best play, while The Band’s Visit took home 10 wins, including the top award best musical, at the annual Tony’s which honor the best in theater.