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with Katie Couric and Meryl Streep-Truth!
Summary of the eRumor This eRumor tells of an
appearance by Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep on NBC with Katie
Couric on August 13, 2004, and talking about their film
It describes Denzel Washington as prevailing against anti-Bush and
The interview by Katie Couric was
with Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, and director Jonathan Demme
and took place in July, 2004 not August. (Couric was in Athens
covering the Olympics in August.)
It is true that the interview, which was prompted by the actors' new
film "Manchurian Candidate", did get into politics, but
the eRumor is someone's exaggerated and cynical account of what was
said, and is not entirely accurate.
During the discussion about the film, Karie Couric said,
"...lately, it seems the world of Hollywood and politics have
collided, due in large part to Michael Moore's controversial
"Fahrenheit 9/11" and the lengthy list of luminaries who
attended that recent fundraiser for Senator John Kerry."
Meryl Streep interjected that she was at that event.
Couric commented on some of Streeps statements at the event
regarding Jesus Christ and whether the "president's personal
savior" would have dropped bombs on Baghdad or voted for a war
Then Couric said that some people think Hollywood folks should stick
Denzel Washington reacted to that by saying, "I don't know what
Hollywood folks are, first of all. Hollywood is a town that has some
stars on the sidewalk. I don't know anybody from there. So, I
don't-- that's like saying-- calling you a type of folks. I'm not a
Hollywood folk. I don't know who they are."
Couric replied, ""Okay, all right, well, let me rephrase
the question. Are you one of those people that—"
Denzel Washington interrupted with "Ah,
there you go. Am I one of those people? Hmmm, isn't that
Couric clarified that she was asking whether he was one of the
people who would rather keep his political views private.
She then asked how he felt about the current political situation.
He replied, "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
Washington never said the words
"Do you mean "You People" as in
me as a Christian, or do you mean "You People" as in me as
a REPUBLICAN?" and he did not say that "Fahrenheit
911" was "propaganda and lies distorted to support a
cynical democratic film director's views."
Those are the words of
whoever originated the eRumor.
Last updated 8/24/04
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Subject: Denzel on NBC
I bet this one will never see the light of day again. Denzel Washington
needs to get on FOX News or Meet The Press.... even Tim Russert would at
Did you see the Denzel Washington interview with Katie
Couric on NBC last Friday morning (13 August 2004)?
Not many people are talking about it. They are wishing
it would go away and are trying to sweep it under the rug.
Meryl Streep and Denzel were on the today show
"live" with Katie Couric to talk about the movie
At one point Katie asked Denzel, "have you seen
Fahrenheit 9/11?" To which Denzel replied, "No, and I have no
intentions on seeing it." Katie and Meryl were "so
noticeably" taken aback! It was so cool!
Then, a discourse (or more preferably, a fight!) began
between all three of them with Denzel being barraged with all kinds of
anti-Bush, anti-republican comments, but "the man stood his
ground" and soon enraged the women so much that they couldn't get a
word in edgewise. Meryl Streep turned blood red and she sat with her
legs crossed and her one leg shaking up and down, fuming! Then Katie
uttered the words that put the final nail in her coffin, she said to
Denzel "you see, that's the problem I have with "you
She of course did not get to finish her sentence
because Denzel pounced on her verbally by responding "YOU PEOPLE!
YOU PEOPLE! Just what do you mean you people! Do you mean "You
People" as in me as a Christian, or do you mean "You
People" as in me as a REPUBLICAN? She then tap danced her way
through the next minute of the show. But Denzel went out fighting and
declaring that Fahrenheit 9/11 is nothing but propaganda and lies
distorted to support a cynical democratic film director's views.
There's a celebrity that deserves to wear the uniform
in movies and I don't mind at all.
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