Robert De Niro Lashes Out at “Condescending” Tech Guru: “I Don’t Give a F—k Who You Are”

Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro lashed out at a "condescending" tech guru while presenting an award to Angelina Jolie at the WSJ Magazine Innovator Awards Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for WSJ. Magazine 2015 Innovator Awards

Word of advice: Don't get on Robert De Niro's bad side. The Oscar-winning actor reportedly lashed out at a tech guru while presenting an award to Angelina Jolie at the WSJ Magazine Innovator Awards in NYC on Wednesday, Nov. 4.

Robert De Niro, Angelina Jolie, and Brad Pitt

According to Page Six, De Niro, 72, lost his cool after Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield accepted an award on stage. Butterfield joked about all the "supermodels and movie stars" in the crowd, making it seem like he was the only "nerd" in attendance. He then called out the Intern actor, who sat in the audience. 

"I watched Godfather II on the plane," Butterfield, 42, said at the time. "When you killed Don Fanucci — I liked that."

Stewart Butterfield

De Niro, however, didn't find the humor in the tech entrepreneur's speech. During his turn on stage, he slammed the Canadian-born CEO for his comments.

"Whoever the last speaker was — I thought you were a bit condescending to us actors… celebrities," De Niro reportedly said, via Page Six. "I’m gonna go on record with you just to say that. And I don’t give a f—k who you are."

Butterfield laughed off the awkward incident. In fact, he couldn't contain his excitement about it. "I just literally got trash-talked by Robert De Niro," he captioned a Twitter pic of the actor mid-speech. "I don't know who the F–K you are." #lifegoals."

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