Denzel Washington Criticizing Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes Speech Is Fake News

By Erica Abbott

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Did actor Denzel Washington criticize Meryl Streep for bringing politics into her acceptance speech at the Golden Globes? Washington telling Streep and other Hollywood actors “to get off their high horses” is false.

The fake news claimed that Denzel Washington had criticized Hollywood elite and “shut down” Streep after she addressed President-elect Donald Trump in her Golden Globes acceptance speech. The article purports:

At a roundtable discussion with other actors, Washington told his Hollywood colleagues to get off their high horses.

“…people say: ‘Oh, the difficulty of making a movie.’ I’m like, listen, send your son to Iraq–that’s difficult. It’s just a movie. It’s like, relax. I don’t play that precious nonsense.”

Rather than seeing themselves as entitled to tell the rest of American what to do, Washington said fellow actors should be on their knees thanking Americans for the chance to do what they do.

“Making a movie is a luxury,” he stressed. “It’s an opportunity, and most importantly, it’s a gift. Obviously, everybody here is talented enough to do that, but don’t get it twisted. It’s just a movie. It ain’t that big a deal.”

Snopes reports that the quotes included in the article are real, however, they were not directed toward Streep or Hollywood’s discussion of politics in general. The video included in the article came from The Hollywood Reporter, shared on their Facebook on Dec. 14, in which Washington discussed his previous jobs and how making movies is “a luxury.”

In her Golden Globes acceptance speech, Streep addressed Trump’s mocking of a disabled reporter and called for the protection of journalists, saying:

Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back. It kind of broke my heart when I saw it, and I still can’t get it out of my head, because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life. And this instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kinda gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose. O.K., go on with it.

Despite his actor roundtable discussion not being directed toward Streep, social media users still shared the news, agreeing that Hollywood should stay out of politics.

Social Media Shares Fake Denzel Washington News

Denzel Shuts Down Meryl Streep #MAGA #TCOT #LNYHBT #DrainTheSwamp #BuildTheWall https://t.co/TucWF0w11X

— Dale Less Deplorable (@Dbargen) January 10, 2017

Denzel Washington To Meryl Streep & Hollywood Elite “Making a movie is easy! Sending your son to War is difficult!” https://t.co/cErV8VC6ZE

— TRUMP WORLD (@Trump_World) January 11, 2017

Out of context? Maybe, #MerylStreep, but the truth is there. We made them celebrities, they don’t run the country. https://t.co/U6XFZ6zBUr

— More #FakeNews Plz (@realpatrioteer) January 10, 2017

Get over yourself #Hollywood https://t.co/TExWh4ZmXw

It’s just a movie. It ain’t that big a deal.” #MerylStreep

— Patricia V (@PLVerratti) January 11, 2017

He told the truth. I have always liked him. https://t.co/FMIxyPpwNI

— Sheila Elayne (@SheilaRomano1) January 10, 2017

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