SAG Awards: Robert De Niro Says He Stands Against “Abuse of Power” 
Mon, April 19, 2021

SAG Awards: Robert De Niro Says He Stands Against “Abuse of Power” 

De Niro understood that while his speech has taken on a political tone, he still felt the need to speak on the following issues because of the current “dire” political situation the country is currently facing / Photo Credit by: Hollywood Reporter

 

Sometimes, it takes a lot to stand up and say what you want to say, to speak up about the things in the world that make it hard for everyone else to live in it. But Robert De Niro took time in his Lifetime Achievement Award speech to speak on current relevant issues.

According to the news outlet Hollywood Reporter, De Niro’s walk to the stage was accompanied by thunderous applause, as each actor in the building cheered for his success, but as he stood there, he was a little candid. 

“I’ve been puzzling over what to say to express my appreciation for this award tonight,” De Niro began. “We as actors don’t do it all alone. We can’t do it alone. We depend on each other for a collaboration in our work, and support and fellowship both on-screen and off. For that, I am so grateful.” 

De Niro also thank SAG-AFTRA for championing the needs of actors and actresses in the industry. He iterated that it is essential now, more than ever, to band together when there is such “hostility” around unions. This is why he also found it crucial to inform the audience, in no certain terms, to support political leaders who will not be afraid to stand with unions. 

“Political leaders who support unions are more likely to support affordable care act, equitable taxes, humane immigration regulations, a safe environment, diverse citizenry, reproductive rights, sensible gun control, and fair wages and benefits,” De Niro lists.       

De Niro understood that while his speech has taken on a political tone, he still felt the need to speak on the following issues because of the current “dire” political situation the country is currently facing. 

He said, “There’s right and there’s wrong. There’s common sense, and there’s abuse of power. And as a citizen, I have as much right as anybody; an actor, an athlete, a musician, anybody else, to voice my opinion. And if I have a bigger voice because of my situation, I’m going to use it whenever I see a blatant abuse of power.”