Hollywood leftists have become more rabid in their politics over the last four years.
But Denzel Washington has remained rooted in good sense while many of his peers have gone off the deep end.
Now Washington just said something Black Lives Matter won’t like.
Legendary actor Denzel Washington has never been outspoken about his politics.
After the 2016 election, he famously chided a reporter that asked him for whom he voted.
Despite Washington being tight-lipped about his politics, he certainly is not in accord with the “woke” mob that has gone off the deep end.
Washington routinely talks about the importance of family and having fathers as role models to keep young boys out of trouble.
He’s also spoken openly about his Christian faith.
Now Washington is crossing the anti-police Black Lives Matter movement by speaking out in defense of police officers and military personnel.
In an interview with Yahoo Entertainment, Washington said:
“I have the utmost respect for what they do, for what our soldiers do, [people] that sacrifice their lives. I just don’t care for people who put those kind of people down. If it weren’t for them, we would not have the freedom to complain about what they do.”
This is in sharp contrast to the over-the-top rhetoric against the police that spread like wildfire last summer.
Washington recounted a story from 1991 when he went on a ride-along in preparation for the film “Ricochet.”
“I went out on a call with a sergeant. We got a call of a man outside his house with a rifle that was distraught…We pulled up and did a U-turn past the house and came up short of the house. He told me to sit in the car, which I was gonna do. I wasn’t getting out. He got out. As he got out, another car came screaming up, and two young people jumped out screaming. As it turned out, it was their grandfather. This policeman defused the entire situation by just remaining calm.”
The prevailing narrative from the left is that “all cops are bad,” which is absurd on its face.
“The officer was able to defuse the situation without resorting to any violence…But it showed me in an instant how they can lose their life…He didn’t overreact. He could’ve pulled his gun out and shot the people that came up driving real fast. He could’ve shot the old man that was distraught and a bit confused; I think he was suffering a little bit from dementia. But in an instant, it taught me, and I never forgot it, what our law enforcement people have to deal with moment to moment, second to second.”
Washington’s sobering take on the police is a breath of fresh air from the strident howls coming from the left.
Washington is a throwback to a time when stars didn’t feel the need to be political activists.
Unfortunately, the politicization of Hollywood is only getting worse.