Fredo Balks

Watching the video of Chris Cuomo, I was sort of sad to see him demeaned.  I mean anyone who grows up in a large family knows that sibling rivalry and competition in an intellectual environment is stressful.  So, the fact that Chris is sort of the lesser intellect in the Cuomo family is something that many would feel sympathy for.  Of course, the fact that he spouts poisonous lies on CNN about non-Leftists makes him a whole lot less sympathetic.  Sean Hannity was supportive of Cuomo because the incident occurred while Cuomo was out with his wife and young daughter.  This is also something that should be acknowledged.  Being a celebrity doesn’t cancel out your humanity and shouldn’t excuse even your enemies from showing decency around your loved ones.  Once again, Cuomo has never given President Trump or his family any slack when tossing insults and vilifying them about any personal issues that have nothing to do with government.  But let’s just say it’s understandable that Cuomo reacted angrily and forcefully to his heckler.

But then as ever, Cuomo pulled the race card, or slightly less effectively, the ethnicity card.  Chris threatened to throw the heckler down the stairs for what he declared was the equivalent of the “n” word for Italian Americans, “Fredo.”  Huh.

All my ancestors, going back as far as I can determine, were Italians or descendants of Italians living in the United States.  And a good proportion of these were descended from Sicilians.  And on top of that my family is from an Italian neighborhood in Brooklyn that unfortunately was steeped in awareness of the Godfather movies.  I can remember back in the 1970s car horns in my neighborhood playing a portion of the Godfather theme.  It was quite sad.  Anyway, I consider myself relatively authoritative on this subject.  “Fredo” is not an Italian American slur.  It’s a mockery of someone who isn’t the brightest bulb in a family with more accomplished individuals.  In the Godfather movies Fredo is the incompetent older brother of Michael who bumbles and fails and finally betrays the Corleones while trying to show that he isn’t a loser.

In the famous scene where Michael confronts Fredo with his betrayal you hear Fredo defend his own actions by blaming everyone else for demeaning him.  He’s the older brother who whose pride has been wounded.

“I can handle things! I’m smart! Not like everybody says… like dumb… I’m smart and I want respect!”

Okay, so Chris Cuomo isn’t exactly Fredo.  He’s got a good paying job at CNN and all the material success associated with being part of a family that has had two governors of New York State in just two generations of the family.  Not bad.  So why does being called Fredo sting so badly?  Well, to be totally honest if you’ve ever watched any of his work on CNN, he does appear sometimes to be an idiot.  And again, in a highly competitive family maybe some unkind comparisons were made by his siblings or parents.  Who knows?  But the most important consideration is noting that no matter what, when a Leftist is attacked his first instinct is to call his attacker a racist.  Poor Fredo.  Well at least Andrew hasn’t sent him out on the lake to sleep with the fish.

 

6 thoughts on “Fredo Balks

  • August 14, 2019 at 1:32 pm
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    That hurts, in so many ways.

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    • August 14, 2019 at 2:33 pm
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      He is an easy target.

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  • August 14, 2019 at 1:52 pm
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    I wrote about the “Fredo” incident yesterday myself, photog, though a bit less generously: https://theportlypolitico.wordpress.com/2019/08/13/sickly-tuesday-with-fredo/
    I do agree that public figures shouldn’t be harassed while trying to enjoy time with family. My understanding was that Cuomo is frequently referred to as “Fredo,” and that the name-caller was merely a fan of the show who thought Cuomo’s name was “Fredo,” but I could be wrong.
    Still, you’re right–that must sting.

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    • August 14, 2019 at 2:34 pm
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      I’m conflicted but he is a jerk.

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    • August 16, 2019 at 6:27 pm
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      “I do agree that public figures shouldn’t be harassed while trying to enjoy time with family.”

      That certainly doesn’t hinder the progressives when they’re attacking conservatives.

      It’s difficult playing by the Marquis de Queensbury’s rules when your opponent is a savage playing only to win.

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      • August 16, 2019 at 6:55 pm
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        Very true. That’s why ultimately Cuomo proved that he deserved to be called Fredo and why that’s going to be his nickname from now on.

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