CNN presenter Chris Cuomo, 49, was offended when a man called him Fredo. For the journalist, it is racist to call someone like him who is of Italian that name as it is an insult referencing to “The Godfather” character Fredo Corleone, who is a weak person.
Written by Italian-American author Mario Puzo, 78, “The Godfather” is a crime novel about a fictional Italian-American Mafia family based in New York City, New York, United States. The film adaptation and its two sequels were directed by Italian-American filmmaker by Francis Ford Coppola, 80.
Fredo is weaker and less intelligent than his brothers has little power or status within the Corleone crime family. In “The Godfather” films, the character was played by the late John Cazale, who was born in Revere, Massachusetts, USA to an Italian-American father and Irish-American mother.
Cuomo was born in New York City on August 9, 1970 to Italian parents. He earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, USA and his Juris Doctor from Fordham University in New York City.
Cuomo’s encounter with the man who called him Fredo was caught on video. In the video, the Italian-American journalist explains that Fredo Corleone was “a weak brother and the use of it to an Italian is disparaging.”
Several celebrities took to Twitter to react to the video. Here are some of them:
Donald Trump Jr., 41, the eldest son of U.S. president Donald Trump, 73, called the controversy about Cuomo a fake news. He went on to criticize CNN for not covering the news.
Apparently, the younger Donald was also referred to as Fredo by CNN reporter Ana Navarro, 47, in a show hosted by Cuomo. The Federalist co-founder Sean Davis noted that Fredo has been used several times on CNN.
Here is the video of Cuomo infuriated by the man who called him Fredo: