Echoing a sentiment that calls to mind the famous words of founding father Samuel Adams, Hollywood actor and producer Isaiah Washington tore into fellow actors who contact him in private to share that they are conservative.
Taking to social media, Washington, who starred in several Spike Lee films and was on “Grey’s Anatomy,” didn’t mince words in calling closet conservatives “hypocrites” and “cowards.”
“I have a message for the Hollywood Actors DM’ing me and revealing that you’re Conservatives. Don’t DM me again, because you all are lame and I don’t respond well to hypocrites or cowards. You’re no different than the bystander that is waiting on the blood to spill from a martyr,” he tweeted.
I have a message for the Hollywood Actors DM’ing me and revealing that you’re Conservatives. Don’t DM me again, because you all are lame and I don’t respond well to hypocrites or cowards. You’re no different than the bystander that is waiting on the blood to spill from a martyr. pic.twitter.com/WAnLUnCz9l
— Isaiah Washington (@IWashington) August 26, 2019
It’s hard to argue that these aren’t contentious times in America. A time when our politics are as polarizing as they have ever been, with two distinctly different views on the direction the country should take.
And it is within that “animated contest” that the aforementioned quote from Samuel Adams resonates.
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace,” Adams famously said. “We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”
Washington is somewhat of a revolutionary himself, as seen in a tweet earlier this year where he — egad! — dissed former President Barack Obama for not offering any support to “the Black Agenda,” while praising President Donald Trump for his efforts on prison reform.
“I voted for 44 twice. I even checked my emails in his Senate Office while lobbying for Salone to be given another chance to rebrand. Not once in 8 years was I given any support regarding Africa or the Black Agenda, but 45 invites me to the WH to celebrate the #FirstStepAct,” Washington tweeted.
I voted for 44 twice. I even checked my emails in his Senate Office while lobbying for Salone to be given another chance to rebrand. Not once in 8 years was I given any support regarding Africa or the Black Agenda, but 45 invites me to the WH to celebrate the #FirstStepAct ??♂️
— Isaiah Washington (@IWashington) April 1, 2019
In another tweet, he explained: “I’m not a Democrat or a Republican. I will work w/h anyone as long as things get done.”
As for the invitation to the White House, Washington can be seen in the video below speaking in the East Room as President Trump looks on.
— The Tweet Sniper💥 (@IWashington) April 2, 2019
As for being a revolutionary, Washington tweeted a quote that has been attributed to Thomas Jefferson, though there’s some question as to the origin of the quote: “When Government fears the People, there is Freedom, when the People fear Government, there is Tyranny.”
He included the iconic hashtag #WalkAway, from the grassroots movement founded by former liberal Brandon Straka, that encourages people to walk away from today’s radical Democratic Party.
— The Tweet Sniper💥 (@IWashington) August 27, 2019
Washington’s take on fellow actors received a little support from a few brave souls in Hollywood:
Oh hell yes my brother. https://t.co/nvhgxQLeWn
— Nick Searcy, INTERNATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION STAR (@yesnicksearcy) August 27, 2019
— Dean Cain (@RealDeanCain) August 27, 2019
— Kristy Swanson (@KristySwansonXO) August 27, 2019
Here’s a sampling of other responses from Twitter:
— Giacomo K – Blexit, WalkAway, Jexodus since 1989 (@giacoknox) August 26, 2019
I work in the industry and took a lot of heat for being an open conservative. Especially day after 2016 election, worked on a show called Colony, production side, we had an emergency meeting on set and spent the remaining shoot not being talked to by people once close.
— Brandon Saario (@SaarioBrandon) August 26, 2019
It’s just sad that Conservatives have to worry about repercussions for coming out!
— Cheryl Werth Near (@WerthNear) August 27, 2019
What a sad time we are facing when – even in the greatest country in the free world – a person is that afraid to be stigmatized for being something as mundane as “conservative.” Hypocrisy to a degree? Maybe. But they need encouraging. Is Hollywood more evil than we realize?
— Amy Jo Holcomb (@aj_holcomb) August 26, 2019
A lot of actors choose to hide their conservatism to protect their career, some act like liberals when they are not. I chose to stand my ground even if it meant I would never get another offer again. I would rather die in poverty than pretend to be a leftist in real life.
— Ray, Cancer-Survivor (@USSGOBLiN) August 27, 2019
@IWashington @RealDeanCain @jonvoigt Well said. Anyone who doesn’t wear their conservatism on their sleeve deserves to be called a coward. Dean Cain, Jon Voigt, Nick and you Isaiah are not afraid. Do not go gentle into that good night. Keep up the good fight for our country.
— Mike (@GNSLGR) August 27, 2019
— Kayla Hampton (@KaylzKH) August 26, 2019
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