On Aug. 30, 2023, the website USA World News on faithhopel.info published an article with the headline, "Breaking: Denzel Washington Declines Disney's $50 Million Project, 'They're Too Woke.'"
In a shocking turn of events, Denzel Washington, the actor known for his nuanced portrayals of complex characters, has turned down a whopping $50 million project with Disney. The reason? According to Washington, Disney is "just too woke" for him. While some might see this as a principled stand, others are left wondering if Washington's alarm clock is just set a few hours behind the times.
Over the past few years, Disney has been on a mission to out-woke every other studio in Hollywood. From introducing a princess who's passionate about recycling to a prince who's a vocal advocate for veganism, Disney has been ticking off every box in the progressive handbook. Rumor has it that their next project involves a musical number about composting set in the world of "Frozen". Elsa and Anna singing about the benefits of organic waste? Now that's a sequel worth waiting for.
Denzel, however, seems to have missed the memo about Hollywood's new direction. When asked about his decision, he remarked, "I just wanted to do a film about a regular guy who recycles because it's the right thing to do, not because he's trying to impress his eco-conscious love interest." Ah, the good old days when characters had depth beyond their recycling habits.
The rest of the article said that "#TooWokeForDenzel" had trended online, "with many sharing memes of Washington looking confused by modern trends like avocado toast and electric cars."
However, this story, one that cited zero sources, was completely made up.
For example, one Facebook user posted the comment, "Principals!! [sic] Something most in Hollywood, the media, and the leftist Democrats do not have. Good for you Denzel, keep standing up for what is right!"
We scanned paragraphs from the story on two AI-detection tools to see if they had been written by artificial intelligence. However, both tools on copyleaks.com and writer.com indicated the article was very likely written by a person.
According to the "About Us" page on the USA World News website, its content originated from a writer residing in Pakistan.
This rumor was similar to another claim that we previously reported about that said Washington declined a role for a Marvel movie produced by Disney that would have earned him $30 million, also purportedly due to "wokeness." However, that article was published on a website that described its content as "parody, satire and tomfoolery."
We also recently published a fact check about a false claim that said Washington had made public remarks in support of "Sound of Freedom," a film that centers on child-sex trafficking. In reality, there was no evidence he had ever made any such remarks.