John David Washington, 34, star of BlacKkKlansman, was having none of it when a TODAY reporter mentioned only his father, Denzel Washington, during an interview.
“She was earning more money than he was before they got married,” Washington said about his mother, Pauletta. “She was on Broadway working and she paid for the first date, paid the bill, paid for the cab ride…she’s a classically-trained pianist, went to Juilliard. She’s a great artist in her own right and I learned a lot from her.”
John David Washington calling out the interviewer for the erasure of his mother, Paulette, is the best thing on the internet. Y'all better put some respect on the spine of the Washington family. Even Denzel mentioned she was the head of the family bruh. pic.twitter.com/KjCzfU6WPT— boqor riya. (@hausofriya) August 16, 2018
Denzel and Pauletta Washington (née Pearson) married in 1983, more than 35 years ago, and are still going strong today. Denzel has previously referred to Pauletta as the “head of the family.”
I just want to meet this wonderful women... the way John David and Denzel Washington talk about her she has to be nothing short of amazing ?❤️— Shantez ✨ (@BitchesH8_Shan) August 17, 2018
They KNEW not to edit that out. Love this!— UnspokenPoet (@UnspokenPoet1) August 17, 2018
legit made me emotional, to see him honour his mother like that!— MZA (@lolitalikesit) August 17, 2018
Members of the Washington family don’t ignore Pauletta and they are making sure the media won’t, either.
John David, you are So Right about your mother. I went to school with her at North Texas. She’s a great pianist, as I had the honor of her accompanying me for a number of my jury performances (she can sight read anything) and is a wonderful singer and actor.— Jim Basile (@bigsexytraffic) August 17, 2018
He was like “ay listen bruh” pic.twitter.com/mqazDT4Gq2— Mekka Don (@MekkaDonMusic) August 17, 2018
I want to be the kind of woman who inspires my children and husband to sing my praises like this.— BrilliantBad&Boujee (@LOfficielEbony) August 17, 2018
Denzel's watching this like... pic.twitter.com/bMGpNANima— Let Our Souls Be Brave ✌? (@KyleDHouse) August 17, 2018
Yes, show love to the queen that birthed you. ?? I love how he ALWAYS acknowledges her in almost each interview & you can tell he really respects her & the sacrifice she made to be a mother over a starlet and how she was the backbone to her family. ❤️— K E E ? (@HAUTEchocolatee) August 17, 2018
The reporter, Craig Melvin, noted his error in a tweet: ”Ha.To be clear. I was a fan John David Washington before our sit down. Am an even bigger fan now. Next time we sit down, I’ll be asking about Mrs. Washington first.”
John David running through the list of how his Mom was the real GOAT! pic.twitter.com/NCHI0FtEMs— Jasmine Y. Johnson (@THEOFFICIALJASJ) August 17, 2018
He was like hold up, let me tell you about my mother. ????— OGBlack (@VAKnightStick) August 17, 2018
Every mother needs to raise a son like this, and every father should make sure his son acknowledges his mother's role in his life. That's how a strong family is built.— RJ Publications (@rjpublications) August 17, 2018
Let this be a lesson to be inclusive in your interview questions, Hollywood!