A video has gone viral showing CNN anchor Chris Cuomo in an altercation with a man who called him "Fredo" - which Cuomo says is as offensive to Italians and Italian-Americans as the N-word is to African-Americans.
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CNN stood by their host, with spokesperson Matt Dornic apparently confirming that it was Cuomo in the viral video while saying that he "defended himself when he was verbally attacked with the use of an ethnic slur in an orchestrated setup".
Get your jokes in now before everyone else has already made them. Are any of you Italian?
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After saying that the other person was "gonna have a f-ing problem", Mr. Cuomo threatened violent assault. However, that innocuous piece of flattery does little to placate the anchor, who says: "If you want to play, we'll f*cking play" and goes on with his rant peppered with profanities.
Chris was in NY Sunday when a guy approached him and called him "Fredo". the insulting name of a character in "The Godfather". a name that connotes weakness. You wanna call me "Fredo, ' take a f--in' swing". "Own what you said". "If you've got something to say about what I do on television then say it".
"You did not think my name was f****** Fredo, don't be a liar", Cuomo says during the clip. Cuomo's show was seen by an average of 954,000 people in July, according to data from Nielsen, which makes any claim that the man didn't know who Cuomo was hard to believe. Maybe that last part is why Cuomo took things a bit further and told the man that "Fredo" was like the N-word for Italians. "I'll f-- throw you down these stairs like a f-- punk".
"Are you Italian?" Cuomo asks someone out of the frame.
Mr. Dornic was replying to Donald Trump Jr., who had retweeted the video and said he assumed the network wouldn't comment because it's not a real news organization. "He deserves the apology".