The Academy Award winner was cornered by a reporter at a press event for the film “Fences,” but he refused to parrot the expected liberal talking points.
“Just wondering who you wound up supporting in the election and why?” demanded journalist Nicholas Ballasy while on the red carpet.
Washington tried to direct the conversation back to the movie he was there to promote, but the reporter persisted. Denzel’s answer was blunt and to the point.
“None of your business!” he stated, clearly annoyed at the question and then he dropped a bomb about Obama:
“Right now, under President Obama, over the last eight years, in your mind… have race relations improved under his leadership?”
“Race relationships have to do with race relationships,” the actor explained.
“You’re white, or whatever you are, and I’m black, or whatever I am — we’re standing here talking now,” Washington continued. “That’s how we get things done.”
He continued to make his point. “You can’t legislate love. The president of the United States can’t legislate us into liking each other,” he elaborated. “We have to step forward and ask questions about each other and engage.”
There’s no law that says, oh because I’m president, you all gotta get along now,” the actor explained. “So it’s up to us.”