Denzel Washington has been on a press junket promoting his new film, "Fences," and at one event he was confronted on the subject of "fake news." The reporter opened the conversation with the assertion that Washington — a well-known Barack Obama supporter — had flipped his support from Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump during the 2016 election. The reporter told Washington (not the other way around) that he had been the subject of "fake news." Washington, in a beautiful minute of instruction, gave her some career advice.
Then, after putting the mainstream media in its place, he promptly turns around and does this:
It's worth noting that Washington, while reportedly a lifelong Democrat, has some perspective about political matters, telling Katie Couric in 2004 that he was less interested in discussing Michael Moore's film "Fahrenheit 9/11" and more interested in the veterans coming home from the Iraq invasion:
COURIC: And how do you feel about the current political situation?
WASHINGTON: You know, I haven't seen "Fahrenheit 9/11," because I live in America. I grew up here. I'm an ex-slave. I'm a result of what this country can do. So it's nothing new to me. I'm not surprised at all. It's just business as usual. What I want to talk about is, what are we doing right now, today, for these young kids that are coming home? Are we embracing them? I don't hear about them being lifted up. I mean, I'm not just talking about a parade but—
COURIC: Are they getting the support they need.
WASHINGTON: Are they getting the support and love they need from us? And maybe that story's being told, but I sure haven't seen it that much in the news. Yeah, they're pointing fingers about who was right and whose wrong and who started what and where the weapons of mass destruction. But these kids are coming home.
Perhaps as President-elect Donald Trump is considering his outreach to the black community, he can put Washington on the list of men to call.