De Niro Tells Audience In Dubai He Comes From A 'Backward' Country

Actor Robert De Niro has never been hesitant about criticizing President Donald Trump. He's been against just about every position Trump has taken, and since the President was on the campaign trail, De Niro has spoken out against him.

The celebrity recently made a trip to Dubai, and couldn't help but get a little political.

De Niro attended the Dubai World Government Summit in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, an annual event considered the 'Davos of the Middle East'. A host of political figures, business people and celebrities attend discuss various political issues.

The Academy Award-winning actor, who has dual citizenship in the U.S. and Italy, blasted Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, for saying that Global Warming is 'necessarily a bad thing'.

"We know humans have most flourished during times of what? Warming trends,” he said in an interview, according to USA Today.

"Do we really know what the ideal surface temperature should be in the year 2100, in the year 2018? That is fairly arrogant, for us to think we know exactly what it should be in 2100.”

De Niro brought up the comments and said, "I am talking about my own country, the United States of America. We don't like to say we are a 'backward' country so let's just say we're suffering from a case of temporary insanity."

“It is a place where science once reigned. It has been replaced by ignorance,” De Niro added.

The actor later added that the U.S. will 'eventually cure itself by voting our dangerous leader'. For this, he garnered much applauds from the international audience.

Some felt the actor's comments to the UAE about the U.S. being 'backward' were ironic.

"He said this in a country that is stuck in the Year 11," one commenter said.

"Why doesn't he just move to UAE and do his film festival there?" said one person.

"Can women drive where he’s at?" said another.

"No but we're the backwards ones," answered another.

"The political policy belief of a politician does not define the beliefs of a country or its citizens sir," another noted.

Others felt that the star's message was worth repeating.

"From hurricanes to droughts, millions are suffering. Climate change is a real threat. #ItAffectsYou. Robert De Niro takes part at the #WorldGovSummit to help combat climate change and its impact on humanity during our Climate Change Forum. Stay tuned," posted the World Gov Summit on Twitter.

“While I'm glad he is calling out the US administration on their anti-climate change rhetoric, let's not forget that this actor himself feels that vaccines still aren't safe despite the body of evidence showing that they are,” some comments on Twitter read.

Just because a celebrity was the one who pointed out the problems, doesn’t make the problems any less valid, some argued.

“Regardless of the source, it's true. We are transitioning to Idiocracy,” said one Twitter user.

"Climate change needs to be a bipartisan issue. It’s ridiculous that republicans try to deny it," said another.

"Whether you believe it or not, nobody should be against actions or policies that benefit the environment," another concluded.

Source: MailOnline
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