Gov Cuomo drops the N-word in an interview; sparks outrage and mockery

(File photo from video screenshot)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the older brother of CNN host Chris “Fredo” Cuomo, sparked mockery and outrage Tuesday when he used the n-word during a live radio show.

Cuomo spit out the derogatory slur while speaking on Albany station WAMC about an article published over the weekend by The New York Times that spoke of the racial slurs and stereotypes that Italian Americans experienced in the 19th century.

“They used an expression that southern Italians were called, I believe they were saying southern Italians, Sicilians — I’m half Sicilian — were called, quote-unquote and pardon my language, but I’m just quoting the Times, ‘n—-r wops.’ N-word wops, as a derogatory comment,” he said.

Listen to the full segment below (*Language warning):

(Source: New York Post)

His stunning use of the word triggered both mockery and outrage. The outrage came from those offended by him drawing an equivalence between blacks who were forcibly brought to America and enslaved, and Cuomo’s white Italian ancestors.

“Black Institute founder Bertha Lewis said Cuomo appears to think he has so much privilege he can say anything,” the Associated Press reported.

A similar sentiment may be observed from some on Twitter:

The mockery came from those stunned by the Cuomo brothers’ incessant faux pas.

“Andrew Cuomo saying a slur on the radio to talk about racism against Italians is the most Italian American thing that has ever happened, surpassing even his brother’s pioneering work in the field,” Chris Person of Kotaku opined on Twitter.

Cuomo’s younger brother, Chris, became a nationwide laughing stock two months ago when he exploded on a random man who accidentally referred to him as “Fredo,” threatened to throw the man down a stars and claimed that the nickname “Fredo” is the n-word for Italians.

Viral video footage of the altercation shows the younger Cuomo lecturing the unnamed man at a New York bar after the man tries to start a conversation with him but mistakenly refers to him as “Fredo,” a nickname used by the CNN host’s detractors.

“Punk-ass b-tches from the right call me Fredo,” Chris can be heard saying. “My name is Chris Cuomo — I’m an anchor at CNN. ‘Fredo’ is from ‘The Godfather.’ He was that weak brother. And they use it as an Italian aspersion.”

“Any of you Italian? It’s an insult to your people. It’s an insult to your f–king people. It’s like the n-word for us. Is that a cool f–king thing?”

“I’ll f–king ruin your shit — I’ll f–king throw you down these stairs like a f–king punk,” he adds slightly later in the stunning clip below:

Watch (*Language warning):

And two months later, Chris’s older brother is out here just using the n-word like it’s no big deal.

It’s quite the “spicy meatball,” as freelance journalist Brenan O’Connor put it.


Dovetailing back to the older Cuomo’s faux pas, there was also outrage over the double standards. Despite him and his brothers’ habitual violation of basic social norms and repeated false equivalences between blacks and Italians, the two have faced no consequences.

The same may not be said of Douglas Barker, a high school teacher from Utah who was punished for using the n-word during a class lesson on historical racism.

Even decorated Navy SEAL veteran Rep. Dan Crenshaw faced more consequences than the Cuomos when he recently introduced an otherwise noncontroversial bill to ban voting by illegal aliens. For that, he was smeared by Democrats as a racist.

The Cuomos, both Democrats, seem to face almost no substantive, full-throttle pushback (*Language warning):


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