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Chris Cuomo said 'Fredo' is an ethnic slur as he erupted in anger in a viral video. Is it?

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CNN anchor Chris Cuomo got into a heated exchange with a heckler after being called “Fredo.” USA TODAY

A profanity-laced viral video showing CNN anchor Chris Cuomo erupting in anger after being called “Fredo” by a heckler has gained national attention and prompted widespread debate about the term, which he described as a slur toward Italian-Americans.

In the video, Cuomo stated that he’s been taunted as “Fredo” before, likening it to other slurs hurled at other racial and ethnic groups. As the altercation gained national attention, President Donald Trump repeated the term as an insult directed at Cuomo.

CNN spokesman Matt Dornic came out in defense of Cuomo in what he called an “orchestrated setup,” using the term “ethnic slur” to describe “Fredo,” which traces its origins to a character in “The Godfather” trilogy.

“Punk (expletive) from the right call me ‘Fredo.’ My name is Chris Cuomo. I’m an anchor on CNN,” Cuomo said in the viral video.

Cuomo has since responded to his initial comments, tweeting that this sort of harassment “happens all the time these days” in front of his family. 

“But there is a lesson: no need to add to the ugliness; I should be better than what I oppose,” he tweeted Tuesday.

What does ‘Fredo’ mean?

The term refers to the fictional Fredo Corleone — the second child of the Corleone clan in the “The Godfather” trilogy — and, as Cuomo puts it, the “weak brother.”

CNN response: CNN stands by anchor Chris Cuomo after NSFW exchange with heckler who called him ‘Fredo’

The late Mario Cuomo, Chris’ father, notably denounced the movie upon its release in 1972 for portraying stereotypes of Italian-Americans, boycotting it for years until 2013 — when he saw the film for the first time, according to the New York Times.

Fredo’s depiction in “The Godfather Part II” is not flattering. He is portrayed as weaker and less intelligent than his siblings due to a bout of childhood pneumonia. He was also a family traitor, who worked with a rival to put a hit on Michael Corleone.

“Fredo was an untrusted and untrustworthy son who, after being patronized and ‘passed over’ by his powerful family, came to betray his brother out of stupidity and ego,” said Prof. Michael Mark Cohen, an American studies professor at UC Berkeley, to USA TODAY. “So yes, that’s a custom made, deep cut kind of insult for someone like Chris Cuomo. And evidently it cut to the quick.”

Fredo’s demise in the film has become a cultural touchstone. As he recites the “Hail Mary” prayer, he is assassinated on a fishing boat at Lake Tahoe while Michael watches from a nearby lakehouse.

The scene was even alluded to by President Barack Obama at a speech he gave at the Lake Tahoe Summit in 2016. 

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“As I was flying over the lake, I was thinking about Fredo,” Obama said, jokingly, eliciting laughter from the crowd. “It’s tough.”

Political commentator Ana Navarro used the term to describe Donald Trump, Jr. — who is not Italian-American — on Cuomo’s own program earlier this year.

‘Fredo,’ an ethnic slur? It’s debated

Although Cuomo in the video says Fredo is an insult on par with other racial slurs, many have taken Cuomo to task for drawing that comparison.

Countless Twitter users, some of whom identified as Italian-American, repudiated the claim, saying it downplays the offensiveness of other racial slurs leveled toward people of color. 

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“It’s a MOVIE reference. Stop comparing it to the N-word,” tweeted one user. “THIS invalidates when things are actually offensive to marginalized peoples.”

Cohen said that there’s a legacy of ethnic slurs that can be hurled at Italian-Americans, dating back to the early 20th century — after Italians migrated en masse to the United States at the turn of the century. But none of them have the same “power to insult” as as slurs used toward people of color, especially black people, he said. 

Representatives at The National Italian American Foundation and the racial justice organization Race Forward did not immediately respond to a request for comment from USA TODAY.

Some on social media noted that, given Cuomo’s family history with the film, the targeted taunt may have a meaning to the CNN anchor that is not felt by an entire ethnic group.

Support for Cuomo from conservatives, liberals alike

While the term “Fredo” being compared to an ethnic slur has sparked controversy, support for Cuomo has come from conservative and liberal figures alike.

Conservative pundit and Fox News host Sean Hannity defended Cuomo’s outburst.

“He’s out with his 9 year old daughter, and his wife, and this guy is being a [expletive] in front of his family,” Hannity tweeted yesterday. “Chris Cuomo has zero to apologize for.”

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And Neera Tanden, the president of the liberal organization Center for American Progress, defended Cuomo’s outrage.

“People who tell you it’s ok to call an Italian man Fredo are the same people who said it was ok to throw money at a woman leader and call her a (expletive),” she tweeted.

Contributing: Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY. Follow Joshua Bote on Twitter: @joshua_bote

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Chris Cuomo said 'Fredo' is an ethnic slur as he erupted in anger in a viral video. Is it?

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CNN anchor Chris Cuomo got into a heated exchange with a heckler after being called “Fredo.” USA TODAY

A profanity-laced viral video showing CNN anchor Chris Cuomo erupting in anger after being called “Fredo” by a heckler has gained national attention and prompted widespread debate about the term, which he described as a slur toward Italian-Americans.

In the video, Cuomo stated that he’s been taunted as “Fredo” before, likening it to other slurs hurled at other racial and ethnic groups. As the altercation gained national attention, President Donald Trump repeated the term as an insult directed at Cuomo.

CNN spokesman Matt Dornic came out in defense of Cuomo in what he called an “orchestrated setup,” using the term “ethnic slur” to describe “Fredo,” which traces its origins to a character in “The Godfather” trilogy.

“Punk (expletive) from the right call me ‘Fredo.’ My name is Chris Cuomo. I’m an anchor on CNN,” Cuomo said in the viral video.

Cuomo has since responded to his initial comments, tweeting that this sort of harassment “happens all the time these days” in front of his family. 

“But there is a lesson: no need to add to the ugliness; I should be better than what I oppose,” he tweeted Tuesday.

What does ‘Fredo’ mean?

The term refers to the fictional Fredo Corleone — the second child of the Corleone clan in the “The Godfather” trilogy — and, as Cuomo puts it, the “weak brother.”

CNN response: CNN stands by anchor Chris Cuomo after NSFW exchange with heckler who called him ‘Fredo’

The late Mario Cuomo, Chris’ father, notably denounced the movie upon its release in 1972 for portraying stereotypes of Italian-Americans, boycotting it for years until 2013 — when he saw the film for the first time, according to the New York Times.

Fredo’s depiction in “The Godfather Part II” is not flattering. He is portrayed as weaker and less intelligent than his siblings due to a bout of childhood pneumonia. He was also a family traitor, who worked with a rival to put a hit on Michael Corleone.

“Fredo was an untrusted and untrustworthy son who, after being patronized and ‘passed over’ by his powerful family, came to betray his brother out of stupidity and ego,” said Prof. Michael Mark Cohen, an American studies professor at UC Berkeley, to USA TODAY. “So yes, that’s a custom made, deep cut kind of insult for someone like Chris Cuomo. And evidently it cut to the quick.”

Fredo’s demise in the film has become a cultural touchstone. As he recites the “Hail Mary” prayer, he is assassinated on a fishing boat at Lake Tahoe while Michael watches from a nearby lakehouse.

The scene was even alluded to by President Barack Obama at a speech he gave at the Lake Tahoe Summit in 2016. 

[embedded content]

“As I was flying over the lake, I was thinking about Fredo,” Obama said, jokingly, eliciting laughter from the crowd. “It’s tough.”

Political commentator Ana Navarro used the term to describe Donald Trump, Jr. — who is not Italian-American — on Cuomo’s own program earlier this year.

‘Fredo,’ an ethnic slur? It’s debated

Although Cuomo in the video says Fredo is an insult on par with other racial slurs, many have taken Cuomo to task for drawing that comparison.

Countless Twitter users, some of whom identified as Italian-American, repudiated the claim, saying it downplays the offensiveness of other racial slurs leveled toward people of color. 

Donald Trump racial-slur allegations: Resurface in new book ‘The Method to the Madness’

“It’s a MOVIE reference. Stop comparing it to the N-word,” tweeted one user. “THIS invalidates when things are actually offensive to marginalized peoples.”

Cohen said that there’s a legacy of ethnic slurs that can be hurled at Italian-Americans, dating back to the early 20th century — after Italians migrated en masse to the United States at the turn of the century. But none of them have the same “power to insult” as as slurs used toward people of color, especially black people, he said. 

Representatives at The National Italian American Foundation and the racial justice organization Race Forward did not immediately respond to a request for comment from USA TODAY.

Some on social media noted that, given Cuomo’s family history with the film, the targeted taunt may have a meaning to the CNN anchor that is not felt by an entire ethnic group.

Support for Cuomo from conservatives, liberals alike

While the term “Fredo” being compared to an ethnic slur has sparked controversy, support for Cuomo has come from conservative and liberal figures alike.

Conservative pundit and Fox News host Sean Hannity defended Cuomo’s outburst.

“He’s out with his 9 year old daughter, and his wife, and this guy is being a [expletive] in front of his family,” Hannity tweeted yesterday. “Chris Cuomo has zero to apologize for.”

‘I would say it again’: North Carolina woman who used racial slur in viral video confrontation with black women

And Neera Tanden, the president of the liberal organization Center for American Progress, defended Cuomo’s outrage.

“People who tell you it’s ok to call an Italian man Fredo are the same people who said it was ok to throw money at a woman leader and call her a (expletive),” she tweeted.

Contributing: Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY. Follow Joshua Bote on Twitter: @joshua_bote

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Trump Defends Retweet Of Baseless Conspiracy Theory About Epstein’s Death

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President Donald Trump is defending his retweets of baseless conspiracy theories attempting to link Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide with former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Speaking with reporters in Morristown, New Jersey, on Tuesday, Trump said he thought it was “fine” to retweet the conspiracy because it came from “a very highly respected conservative pundit.”

But the president also appeared to try to downplay his actions, saying, “That was a retweet. That wasn’t from me, that was from him.”

The tweets originated from Terrence K. Williams, whose Twitter bio identifies him as an actor and commentator.

“Died of SUICIDE on 24/7 SUICIDE WATCH ? Yeah right! How does that happen,” Williams tweeted on Saturday. ”#JefferyEpstein had information on Bill Clinton & now he’s dead. I see #TrumpBodyCount trending but we know who did this!”

Williams’ tweet included a video that mentions another unsubstantiated conspiracy theory that suggests the Clintons were responsible for the death of White House aide Vince Foster, who died by suicide in 1994.

There is no evidence to back either conspiracy theory. Trump shared the post with his followers over the weekend.

“He’s a big Trump fan. … He’s a man who has half a million followers, a lot of followers, and he’s respected,” the president said of Williams. “And, as you know, Bill Barr wants to do an entire investigation of the whole Epstein matter.”

Trump said he had “no idea” whether he believed Bill Clinton had anything to do with Epstein’s death, according to NBC reporter Kelly O’Donnell. He then questioned whether Clinton ever visited the convicted sex offender’s private island.

That comment appeared to hint at a second conspiracy theory Trump retweeted over the weekend. He shared a tweet posted by an account named @BreakingNLive that claimed court documents in Epstein’s case showed that Clinton “took private trips to Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘pedophilia island.’”

Epstein owned Little St. James Island, which is part of the U.S. Virgin Islands and was nicknamed “pedophile island” by locals, according to the Associated Press.

The court documents, which were recently unsealed, include flight logs showing that Clinton flew on the financier’s private jet a number of times, but the documents do not indicate that he traveled to Little St. James Island.

The logs also show that Trump has flown on Epstein’s jet. Both Clinton and Trump had relationships with Epstein.

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CBS and Viacom Reunited in Deal That Marks Ascendance of Shari Redstone

After more than a decade apart, CBS and Viacom agreed to merge on Tuesday in a deal that will reunite a roster of once-mighty media businesses. Viacom’s Paramount film studios and MTV and Nickelodeon cable networks will be added to the broadcast giant CBS and book publisher Simon & Schuster.

Viacom Chief Executive Robert M. Bakish will lead the combined company, which will be called ViacomCBS, and Joseph Ianniello, the CBS acting chief executive, will remain as head of a newly designated CBS unit, the boards of both businesses said in a statement.

The combination of CBS and Viacom is a victory for Shari Redstone, the leader of a family business that controls both. She had pushed for a deal for at least three years but faced fierce opposition from CBS’s board, including its former chief executive, Leslie Moonves. Mr. Moonves was pushed out last September after several women accused him of sexual assault. He has denied the charges. Ms. Redstone will be chairwoman of the combined company.

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The combination of CBS and Viacom is a victory for Shari Redstone, the leader of a family business that controls both companies.CreditDrew Angerer/Getty Images

The merger is what is known as a stock swap, and values Viacom at about $11 billion as of Monday’s closing price. Under the swap, an investor with 1,000 shares of Viacom would receive 596.25 shares of CBS. CBS shareholders will in effect own about 60 percent of the combined business. The deal doesn’t include any cash, making it a tax-free transaction.

The two companies were once a single entity, called Viacom, until they were cleaved apart in 2006. Their reunification was seen as necessary at a time when audiences across television have eroded. Tech platforms like YouTube, Instagram and Netflix have chipped away at big media, eating into the once-fat profits that companies like CBS and Viacom enjoyed.

When they split in 2006, Viacom’s cable networks were seen as the faster growing business and CBS the aging, out-of-step broadcaster. Fortunes reversed in the last decade as CBS became the most watched television network and Viacom’s youth-centered channels were eviscerated by the internet.

The deal also represents the last in the current wave of massive media mergers. Two major transactions totaling more than $150 billion closed just last year. AT&T buttoned up its $80 billion acquisition of Time Warner. Shortly thereafter, The Walt Disney Corporation beat out rival Comcast to win the majority of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox business for $71.3 billion.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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49ers assistant Katie Sowers: One NFL team told me it wasn't ready to hire female coach

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San Francisco 49ers assistant coach Katie Sowers said she was told by one unnamed NFL executive during an interview that his team wasn’t ready to hire a female coach. 

In an interview on Fox Sports 1’s “Fair Game with Kristine Leahy” set to air Tuesday night, Sowers recounted the incident before she took her job as an offensive assistant with the 49ers in 2017. 

“They felt the 49ers, because they knew how it was to have a woman on staff, that it’d be a better fit for me — that their organization was not yet ready to have a woman on staff,” Sowers said.

“(The unnamed team executive) went on to say that one of the coaches came up to him and said, ‘Where are we going to put her desk? ‘He said, ‘Where we put everyone else’s desk.’ But that was another indicator to him that this organization is far from being ready.”

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Sowers said the rejection stung at first but ultimately she was grateful for the experience.

“Although I hated hearing that, I loved the honesty,” Sowers said. “Because it meant that the words that he was saying was coming from the foundation of ignorance of the organization. But he understood the ignorance. Oftentimes we get caught up in what’s politically correct and hearing all these words that make us feel better … when often it could be lies. I’d rather hear the truth and ignorance. That’s where we create change.” 

Sowers, 33, was originally hired full-time as the 49ers’ offensive assistant working with the wide receivers in 2017, becoming just the second female coach in the NFL at the time. She built a rapport as an intern with head coach Kyle Shanahan during his time with the Atlanta Falcons as offensive coordinator. 

Sowers played pro football in the Women’s Football Alliance and helped the U.S. win the women’s world title and gold medal in 2013.

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Arizona authorities searching for ‘endangered’ woman who was chased, forced into truck by man

Authorities in Arizona believe a woman seen in surveillance video being forced into a truck by a man may be in danger, and officials are pleading with the public for help finding the unidentified pair.

The incident happened Sunday at about 6 p.m., when cameras captured the woman running away from an unknown male, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook. She was seen screaming for help and eventually being forced into a truck with her pursuer near a car wash in Youngtown, about 20 miles northwest of Phoenix.

“I heard screaming at first and then I saw him trying to get her into the truck,” an employee at Clean Freak Car Wash who asked not to be identified told FOX10.

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The man chased the woman to an area near 111th and Grand Avenue, where he forced her into a black 2019 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck, according to police.

“I yelled at him, told him to stop and leave before I call the cops,” the employee told FOX10. “He did not show any acknowledgment whatsoever.”

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Authorities are asking for help after a woman was seen on surveillance video being forced into a truck by a man. (Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office)

The truck backed into another vehicle before driving off. The sheriff’s office said the other vehicle sustained minor damage on the passenger side due to the collision.

“It is possible the female involved in this incident is in danger,” police said.

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The woman is described as possibly being in her mid-30s and wearing a black dress and sandals. Her height is estimated between 5 feet, 5 inches and 5 feet, 7 inches, weighing around 140 to 170 pounds, with dark hair and dark eyes.

The man, who may be in his mid-30s, was wearing a black T-shirt with white graphics and jeans.

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The truck has a possible California license plate of AE92W27, according to police.

The sheriff’s office is asking anyone with information to contact them at 602-876-1011.

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Police search for motive in 'long and horrific gun battle' off California freeway in Riverside

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Police on Tuesday were investigating why a man suddenly opened fire during a traffic stop near a freeway in Riverside, California, killing a patrol officer, wounding two others and sending drivers fleeing as bullets flew.

“We don’t know his motive for this crime,” Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz said. The suspect, whose truck was being impounded when the incident occurred Monday evening, died at the scene, police said.

Family members identified the deceased California Highway Patrol officer as 33-year-old Andre Moye, according to KABC-TV. Debbie Howard, a family member of Moye, told NBC4 Moye was a good person and loved his job.

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“I’ve been knowing him since he was a baby,” she said in tears. “I don’t understand. I just don’t understand.”

CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley expressed his condolences in a tweet. “I am devastated by the tragedy that unfolded earlier in Riverside,” he wrote.

Diaz called the incident “a long and horrific gun battle.” 

The patrol officer was doing paperwork to impound the pickup when the suspect reached in, grabbed a rifle and fatally wounded the officer, authorities said. Police did not immediately say what prompted the officer to stop and impound the truck.

Jennifer Moctezuma, 31, of Moreno Valley told the Los Angeles Times she was driving home with her 6-year-old twins when a bullet pierced her front windshield.

Charles Childress, 56, a retired Marine from Moreno Valley who was in the car behind Moctezuma, helped the family crawl to the bottom of a bridge to hide, the Times reported. “He’s my hero,” Moctezuma said.

KABC-TV reported that Dennis Luther of Riverside identified the gunman as his son, Aaron Luther, 49. Luther said he watched the shootout on television. 

“It’s hard. I love him. And I’m sorry for the policeman,” he told KABC-TV. “I’m devastated. I just can’t believe it.”

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Luther said his son served prison time for attempted murder but was released more than a decade ago. He said he didn’t know how his son had access to a gun, which is illegal for felons to possess. 

He said his son recently appeared depressed and had knee pain and marital problems. But his son was devoted to his two children and a stepchild, he said. 

“He lived for his kids. That’s what motivated him,” Luther said. “So I don’t know what overcame him. I mean, I wish I did know.”

Contributing: The Associated Press

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Chris Cuomo said 'Fredo' is an ethnic slur as he erupted in anger in a viral video. Is it?

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CNN anchor Chris Cuomo got into a heated exchange with a heckler after being called “Fredo.” USA TODAY

A profanity-laced viral video showing CNN anchor Chris Cuomo erupting in anger after being called “Fredo” by a heckler has gained national attention and prompted widespread debate about the term, which he described as a slur toward Italian-Americans.

In the video, Cuomo stated that he’s been taunted as “Fredo” before, likening it to other slurs hurled at other racial and ethnic groups. As the altercation gained national attention, President Donald Trump repeated the term as an insult directed at Cuomo.

CNN spokesman Matt Dornic came out in defense of Cuomo in what he called an “orchestrated setup,” using the term “ethnic slur” to describe “Fredo,” which traces its origins to a character in “The Godfather” trilogy.

“Punk (expletive) from the right call me ‘Fredo.’ My name is Chris Cuomo. I’m an anchor on CNN,” Cuomo said in the viral video.

Cuomo has since responded to his initial comments, tweeting that this sort of harassment “happens all the time these days” in front of his family. 

“But there is a lesson: no need to add to the ugliness; I should be better than what I oppose,” he tweeted Tuesday.

What does ‘Fredo’ mean?

The term refers to the fictional Fredo Corleone — the second child of the Corleone clan in the “The Godfather” trilogy — and, as Cuomo puts it, the “weak brother.”

CNN response: CNN stands by anchor Chris Cuomo after NSFW exchange with heckler who called him ‘Fredo’

The late Mario Cuomo, Chris’ father, notably denounced the movie upon its release in 1972 for portraying stereotypes of Italian-Americans, boycotting it for years until 2013 — when he saw the film for the first time, according to the New York Times.

Fredo’s depiction in “The Godfather Part II” is not flattering. He is portrayed as weaker and less intelligent than his siblings due to a bout of childhood pneumonia. He was also a family traitor, who worked with a rival to put a hit on Michael Corleone.

“Fredo was an untrusted and untrustworthy son who, after being patronized and ‘passed over’ by his powerful family, came to betray his brother out of stupidity and ego,” said Prof. Michael Mark Cohen, an American studies professor at UC Berkeley, to USA TODAY. “So yes, that’s a custom made, deep cut kind of insult for someone like Chris Cuomo. And evidently it cut to the quick.”

Fredo’s demise in the film has become a cultural touchstone. As he recites the “Hail Mary” prayer, he is assassinated on a fishing boat at Lake Tahoe while Michael watches from a nearby lakehouse.

The scene was even alluded to by President Barack Obama at a speech he gave at the Lake Tahoe Summit in 2016. 

[embedded content]

“As I was flying over the lake, I was thinking about Fredo,” Obama said, jokingly, eliciting laughter from the crowd. “It’s tough.”

Political commentator Ana Navarro used the term to describe Donald Trump, Jr. — who is not Italian-American — on Cuomo’s own program earlier this year.

‘Fredo,’ an ethnic slur? It’s debated

Although Cuomo in the video says Fredo is an insult on par with other racial slurs, many have taken Cuomo to task for drawing that comparison.

Countless Twitter users, some of whom identified as Italian-American, repudiated the claim, saying it downplays the offensiveness of other racial slurs leveled toward people of color. 

Donald Trump racial-slur allegations: Resurface in new book ‘The Method to the Madness’

“It’s a MOVIE reference. Stop comparing it to the N-word,” tweeted one user. “THIS invalidates when things are actually offensive to marginalized peoples.”

Cohen said that there’s a legacy of ethnic slurs that can be hurled at Italian-Americans, dating back to the early 20th century — after Italians migrated en masse to the United States at the turn of the century. But none of them have the same “power to insult” as as slurs used toward people of color, especially black people, he said. 

Representatives at The National Italian American Foundation and the racial justice organization Race Forward did not immediately respond to a request for comment from USA TODAY.

Some on social media noted that, given Cuomo’s family history with the film, the targeted taunt may have a meaning to the CNN anchor that is not felt by an entire ethnic group.

Support for Cuomo from conservatives, liberals alike

While the term “Fredo” being compared to an ethnic slur has sparked controversy, support for Cuomo has come from conservative and liberal figures alike.

Conservative pundit and Fox News host Sean Hannity defended Cuomo’s outburst.

“He’s out with his 9 year old daughter, and his wife, and this guy is being a [expletive] in front of his family,” Hannity tweeted yesterday. “Chris Cuomo has zero to apologize for.”

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And Neera Tanden, the president of the liberal organization Center for American Progress, defended Cuomo’s outrage.

“People who tell you it’s ok to call an Italian man Fredo are the same people who said it was ok to throw money at a woman leader and call her a (expletive),” she tweeted.

Contributing: Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY. Follow Joshua Bote on Twitter: @joshua_bote

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While the ability of the New York Giants‘ defense to make crucial stops during the upcoming season is still up for debate, head coach Pat Shurmur goes into the 2019 slate with firsthand knowledge at least someone around him can make a big tackle.

And she’s a very good dog, yes she is.

After showing up to his Monday press conference with a fresh scrape on the left side of his face, the Giants’ second-year coach revealed to reporters he’d been sacked by his dog, the New York Post reported.

Depending on what else the four-legged defender can do, it could give new meaning to the sport’s PUP list — nevermind attempting a pooch kick.

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“I was putting the dog out, and she’s a big girl so she kind of ran between my legs and I just tripped,” Shurmur said. “That was it.”

The Giants coach’s cut is only the latest injury (and the most minor) to bite Big Blue this offseason.

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Wide receiver Sterling Shepard fractured his thumb on the first day of training camp and fellow wideout Amba Etta-Tawo tore his Achilles. Defensive back DeAndre Baker suffered a sprained knee.

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