CNN stands by anchor Chris Cuomo after caught-on-video confrontation

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Previously, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo got into with a group of men who called him "Fredo".

The man says he thought "Fredo" was Cuomo's name.

Edward Falco, the author of the 2012 novel "The Family Corleone" that is meant as a prequel to the Godfather, weighed in on Chris Cuomo being referred to as "Fredo".

"Chris Cuomo has long maintained a lean-in" anchor style while holding forth on CNN.

After offering his own, brief impersonation of Fredo Corleone from The Godfather, Hannity continued.

"The use of the word Fredo as an ethnic slur.is a regionalism", said Mr Tamburri, who is a third-generation Italian American. Are you Italian? It's a f*cking insult to your people. "It's like the n-word to us". "Is that a cool f--ing thing?"

Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, James Caan and John Cazale in The Godfather. According to the site's harassment and cyberbullying policy, content "threatening specific individuals with physical harm or destruction of property"; that is "deliberately posted in order to humiliate someone"; or that "makes hurtful and negative personal comments/videos about another person" can all prompt YouTube to remove a video, among many other properties. "If you want to play then we'll f***ing play", he says. You go there to relax, to be with your family and friends, which is what he was doing. It's a little different on TV. "But don't be calling me a f*cking insult".

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"No, punk-a** b***hes from the right call me "Fredo". I'll f*cking ruin your sh*t. Once the video went viral, the Commander-In-Chief turned to his favorite past time: tweeting.

"Said Vanity Fair's Michael Knowles: "'Fredo" is not the "n-word for Italians.' It's a movie reference invoked specifically to make fun of Chris Cuomo". "Equivocating the two is pure racism", Trump advisor Katrina Pierson tweeted.

CNN is standing behind the 49-year-old host. "We completely support him". President Trump responded to the viral video on Twitter, suggesting a "red flag" for Chris Cuomo.

The confrontation has sparked a social media debate over whether the name "Fredo" is really an ethnic slur.

"Punk-ass bitches from the right call me 'Fredo, ' " he says.

Anthony Tamburri, dean of the John D Calandra Italian American Institute at Queens College City University of NY, said that he and his colleagues spoke about the incident, and do not find Fredo personally offensive, but recognise the potential malice behind the term. Cuomo's older brother is now serving as governor for the state of NY and their father had a career in politics decades ago.

Cuomo, whose rant drew fire from of President Donald Trump, apologized Tuesday for losing it - despite once likening himself to Fredo in a radio interview.

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