Using Profanity and Anger to Make a Political Statement

Robert De Niro was given a standing ovation at the Tony Awards ceremony after delivering a profanity-laced comment about President Trump.

To the Editor:

Re “How to Re-elect Trump,” by Frank Bruni (column, June 14), written in response to the profane language used by Robert De Niro and Samantha Bee about President Trump and his daughter Ivanka:

I agree that profanity is rarely a useful strategy. However, I take issue with Mr. Bruni’s assertion that “anger isn’t a strategy.”

Does Mr. Bruni feel the same about the anger expressed by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school students, the anger expressed by the women writing about their own #MeToo experiences or the anger currently being expressed through social media regarding Homeland Security’s separation of children from their parents?

This anger, however it is expressed, serves the useful purpose of letting our political leaders know that enough is enough and that corrective action is demanded. Being passive and calm does not always raise the same awareness and can sometimes show weakness and lack of commitment. Mr. Bruni should not conflate profanity with anger. Anger can bring needed change; profanity is…

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