August 25, 2004


Man, I wish I could've seen this exchange between Katie Couric and Denzel Washington. Thank heavens for brave celebrities...

(emailed to me by Tim)


I went and bought Courage Under Fire online, just because of Denzel. And also because that's the movie that made me know I wanted to be a military wife. After we watched it in ROTC class, I walked home from class all full of pride and love for my then-boyfriend's service. And I got back to his room to find he'd smashed a ukulele to splinters because a class he needed to graduate filled before he could register and therefore he would have to give up his slot in Air Assault School and take the business class in summer school.

As I calmed him down, I knew then that he was the man for me. I told him that as long as he beat up musical instruments instead of me, I'd stand by him through anything.

True story.


Well, that's weird. Reader Matt found it on Snopes, and the account is MIGHTY different. I always check the validity of email forwards, but I don't snope out websites (though on a second glance, I should have if I'd read the parenthetical statement more thoroughly). Sigh. Oh's still a good movie.

Hilarious that Meryl Streep said that money is bad though.

Posted by Sarah at August 25, 2004 10:50 AM

Sarah - thanks for the link. I make it a point NEVER to watch the Today Show because their open hostility towards the president makes me mad. I knew I loved Denzel for a reason. HE should be a keynote speaker at the convention!

Posted by: Kathleen A at August 25, 2004 12:48 PM

The Denzel-Couric exchange didn't actually happen as described.

Snopes has the actual transcript:

Posted by: Matt at August 25, 2004 03:12 PM

Thanks for the snopes link! That was very interesting. Someone let me know when Meryl starts giving away all her money... *grin*

LOL - I nearly always go to snopes for just about any email I get that looks like it has celebrities claiming to have said something. I've found some interesting things that way.

Posted by: Teresa at August 25, 2004 04:22 PM

Denzel Washington called himself "an ex-slave"!?

If Meryl Streep thinks money is so "bad," why does she contaminate yourself with it? Oh, I see, she doesn't want to give it away lest she contaminates others. Only a noble soul like her can keep its evil under control.

Posted by: Amritas at August 25, 2004 05:02 PM

Hmmmm.....I thought EUROPEANS brought slavery to America, and AMERICANS fought a war to end it.

Washington: "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.

Posted by: Tanker Schreiber at August 25, 2004 05:09 PM

You are posting an email hoax here. Talk about a knee-jerk reaction. You might want to do a little more homework next time, or are email hoaxes the best evidence that the right wingers can come up with these days?

Posted by: laughing at August 26, 2004 03:30 PM

Laughing, are you drunk or just ignorant? I added an update that points directly to Snopes LONG before you commented. Do you suggest I delete the whole post and pretend I never said it, as people like Kos do?

Posted by: Sarah at August 26, 2004 03:50 PM

Sarah -

As I recall I sent you a separate link to the Iowa Presidential Campaign Watch website when I sent you the email forward. That site, which I checked before sending you the article seemed to me to be a worthy corroborator.

Obviously I was wrong and I apologize for it. I never send stuff I don't corroborate elsewhere. However, this time my judgment was suspect.

Posted by: Tim at August 26, 2004 04:52 PM