Fredo Cuomo feeling inadequate these days
Always being held up to your more successful brother is tough. It's even tougher when you've got the soul of Fredo.
Which brings us to CNN host Chris "Fredo" Cuomo, who got himself his nickname based on his bad behavior in public.
He caught the coronavirus, and best wishes for his recovery, but in his case it seems to have affected his common sense.
Here's the Daily Caller, which caught him after the New York Post, spouting off on Sirius XM radio:
“[Having COVID-19] made me think hard about who I am and how I live and what matters to me and what I value, and I haven’t come to any really hard conclusions about how change will look, but change is coming,” Cuomo said on his radio show. “Why? Because I don’t want to spend my time doing things [t]hat I don’t think are valuable enough to me, personally.”
“Like what? Well, I don’t like what I do, professionally, I’ve decided … I don’t value indulging irrationality, hyper-partisanship, I don’t think it’s worth my time anymore.”
Cuomo added that he doesn’t want to spend “time trafficking in things” he thinks are “ridiculous.”
Taken care of me. Mike, you’re my kid brother, and you take care of me? Did you ever think of that. Ever once? Send Fredo off to do this, send Fredo to take care of that… take care of some little unimportant night club here, and there; pick somebody up at the airport. I’m your older brother Mike and I was stepped over! … It ain’t the way I wanted it! I can handle things. I’m smart. Not like everybody says, like dumb. I’m smart and I want respect!
And in any case, is remarkably stupid to broadcast on the radio.No doubt, his bosses at CNN will be impressed, knowing as they already know, that as Fredo has demonstrated, they can give the job to anyone.
Then he gets to what's really bothering him, that urge to yell at people in the streets without worrying what his bosses think:
The CNN host then began to tell a story about “this dick” on a bike during Easter Sunday who was allegedly telling him how he should still be quarantined in his basement.
“I don’t want some jackass, loser, fat tire biker being able to pull over and get in my face and in my space and talk bullshit to me. I don’t want to hear it,” Cuomo said, adding that he can’t say anything during times like that because he’s “a celebrity.”
“That matters to me – me being able to tell you, ‘you shut your mouth or I will do you the way you guys get to do each other …’ I want that back. I want to be able to tell you to go to Hell, to shut your mouth, I don’t wanna hear it.”
The CNN host said that being able to do that “matters to me more than making millions of dollars a year.” He noted that he’s saved his money and doesn’t “need it anymore.” Cuomo said that it would be nice to be able to tell someone, “I don’t respect what you’re saying, I don’t respect your presence in my existence and you’re gonna leave or I’m gonna make you leave.”
“I value that more,” Cuomo said.
Really? He's upset because he can't scream and yell at people in public? That's what he wants. What a guy.
Yet it hasn't exactly stopped him in the past. He actually acquired his 'Fredo' nickname by fighting with some stranger in public last August, the very reason everyone now knows him as 'Fredo.' According to the New York Post:
A man sent cable news host Chris Cuomo into a flying rage when he called the anchor “Fredo” — an apparent insult referencing Fredo Corleone, the ineffective son of Vito Corleone in “The Godfather.”
“Punk-ass bitches from the right call me ‘Fredo.’ My name is Chris Cuomo, I’m an anchor on CNN,” the newsman says in the video, which was shared on Twitter Monday evening.
“Fredo is from ‘The Godfather,’ he was a weak brother and the use of it to an Italian is disparaging,” he continues.
The 49-year-old anchor tells the man that the name “Fredo” is as offensive to Italian Americans as the N-word is to African Americans.
“Don’t f–king insult me like that,” the Queens native fumes. “You call me ‘Fredo,’ it’s like I call you punk bitch, you like that?”
You'd think he'd learn from that little episode that keeping your cool as a public figure can only work to your benefit. Otherwise, all you do is prove that you're Fredo.
But Cuomo doesn't have that kind of self-awareness, he just wants the freedom to argue with strangers in the streets since he 'values that more.'
Here's the other bowl of stupid he's supping from:
Cuomo continued with his rant, saying that he feels as though he’s “being perceived as successful in a system” that he doesn’t “value.” He added that he values “being able to live my life on my own terms” then what he does for a living and that he doesn’t feel he makes a difference.
Which calls to mind that if he's being perceived as successful in a system he incidentally hates, maybe he's not really there on merit, he's actually there based on his brother, that guy he was last seen sniping at in a jealous fit a couple days ago.
Naturally, he's a whiner:
So, I’m gonna make changes,” Cuomo reiterated. “Why? Because I’ve gotta be happy. Why? Because life is short. Life is short. And I’m pretty far down the road – I’m gonna be 50. I’ll never be [Fox News’s] Sean Hannity. I’ll never have this mass following that echoes a political set of ideas and principles that I’ll agree with. Similarly, [MSNBC’s] Rachel Maddow.”
“I’ll never beat them,” he added before touting CNN’s success.
What a clown. Fredo's the kindest nickname anyone can give him, to most people, he's earned other descriptors that are far worse.
Image credit: Sen. Chris Coons, via Wikimedia Commons // public domain