CNN's Chris Cuomo Engages Heckler Who Calls Him Fredo: "I'll F*cking Ruin Your Sh*t"

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CNN's Chris Cuomo is seen going off on in an expletive-filled rant on a heckler who called him "Fredo" in a video released on Monday by the user "THAT'S THE POINT with Brandon."

"Punk ass bitches from the right call me Fredo. My name is Chris Cuomo, I’m an anchor on CNN," Cuomo responded.





Cuomo said the word "Fredo," a nickname often used by Rush Limbaugh to deride the younger Cuomo brother, is equivalent to the n-word for Italians.

"It’s like the N-word for us. Is that a cool fucking thing?" Cuomo asked the man.

"You’re a much more reasonable guy in person than you seem to be on television," the man told Cuomo at some point.

Transcript, via Newsbusters:

UNIDENTIFIED MAN 1: I thought that’s who you were.

CHRIS CUOMO: No, punk ass bitches from the right call me Fredo. My name is Chris Cuomo, I’m an anchor on CNN.

Fredo is from The Godfather. He was that weak brother. And they use it as an Italian aspersion. Any of you Italian?

MAN: I got a little bit Italian.

CUOMO: Are you Italian? It’s a fucking insult to your people.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN 2 (from off camera): I didn’t know that.

CUOMO: It’s an insult to your fucking people. It’s like the N-word for us. Is that a cool fucking thing?

MAN 1: You’re a much more reasonable guy in person than you seem to be on television.

CUOMO: But if you want to play then we’ll fucking play. If you got something to say about what I do on television, then say it. Don’t be a [inaudible] and call me a fucking insult.

MAN 1: Listen.

CUOMO: What? What?

MAN 1: I don’t want any problems.

CUOMO: Yeah, but you’re going to have a big fucking problem.

MAN 1: What’s the problem?

CUOMO: It’s a little different on TV. Don’t fucking insult me like that.

MAN 1: I didn’t insult you.

CUOMO: What the fuck? You called me Fredo. It’s like I call you punk bitch. You like that? You want that to be your nickname?

MAN 1: I didn’t call you that.

CUOMO: You called me Fredo. You know my name’s not fucking Fredo.

MAN 1: I though that’s what your name was.

CUOMO: You did not think my name was fucking Fredo. Don’t be a liar.

MAN 1: I thought you name was—

CUOMO: You want to be a man, stand up like a man.

MAN 1: I’m standing up man.

CUOMO: You want to be a man, I’m here.

MAN 1: Yeah, I’m here.

CUOMO: Then fucking own it. Then own what you said.

MAN 1: Listen, man – [Takes off glasses]

CUOMO: Then fucking own it. Then own what you said.

MAN 1: I don’t have a problem with you man.

CUOMO: You’re going to have a fucking problem.

MAN 1: What? What are you going to do about it?

CUOMO: I’ll fucking ruin your shit. I’ll fucking throw you down these stairs like a fucking punk.

MAN 1: Please do.

CUOMO: Why, so you can fucking sue?

MAN 1: You don’t want to do that. You don’t want to do that.

CUOMO: So you can fucking sue?

MAN 1: But why don’t you do that then?

CUOMO: Then take a fucking swing. You want to call me Fredo then take a fucking swing.

MAN 1: I’m not going to take a swing at you.

CUOMO (presumably at Man 2): Watch your fucking hands.

[Crosstalk]

Take a swing. No, no. Come on boy. You want to call me shit, call me shit then. I’m right fucking here.

MAN 1: I’m not doing anything.

CUOMO: I’ll fucking wreck your shit. I’ll fucking wreck your shit.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN 3: Chris, stop.

CUOMO: You didn’t know what you were doing when you called me Fredo?

MAN 1: I thought it was your name man. I thought it was your name.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN 4: Break it up.

CUOMO: You didn’t know what you were saying?

MAN 1: I thought it was his name.

CUOMO: You thought my name was fucking Fredo?

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