Gov. Andrew Cuomo

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Gov. Cuomo: ‘Don’t You Dare Liken My Family To ‘The Godfather’’

August 19, 2019 - 5:19 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a warning Monday about the use of derogatory terms after his brother, Chris Cuomo, was called “Fredo.”

“Don't you dare liken my family to the family you saw in 'The Godfather,’” the governor said in an interview on WAMC.

Cuomo was asked about the recent confrontation, which was caught on camera, during which, his brother was called “Fredo” as an insult.

The video doesn't show the "Fredo'' reference but depicts Chris Cuomo's profanity-laced reaction as he characterizes the comment as an anti-Italian slur and compared it to the "N-word."

"Fredo" is a reference to the fictional character Fredo Corleone in "The Godfather." He is the weaker and less intelligent of Vito Corleone's sons.

Gov. Cuomo says the use of pervasive stereotypes – such as Italian-Americans being linked to organized crime – is dangerous.

“You have Jewish people being shot in a synagogue and you have Latinos being shot in El Paso, there has to be more sensitivity to these stereotypes and discrimination - it fuels the hate,” he said.

Cuomo says his father, former Gov. Mario M. Cuomo, never watched “The Godfather” due to those stereotypes.