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Denzel Washington doesn’t believe in fun, hates ‘Uncle Denzel’ meme

Denzel has no chill.

 

April Siese

Internet Culture

Published Sep 15, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 12:30 am CDT

Think back to the many iconic roles over the course of Denzel Washington‘s career. Which movies have put him on the map? The train(er) in Training Day, Malcolm X in Malcolm X, also the train (employee) in the Taking of Pelham 123—all roles of the utmost seriousness.

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Turns out those career choices are as much a representation of Washington as an actor as a person. He has no chill about anything. Not even himself. It’s the exact opposite of the man’s role as a meme, affectionately known as Uncle Denzel.

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Perhaps you recognize someone like him at your family BBQs.

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The role Washington actually showed up for was that of boxing fan. Sporting a tracksuit and baseball cap, the Magnificent Seven actor was among countless celebrities to attend last year’s Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, one of the highest grossing boxing matches in the sport’s history, but also one of its most boring. The only real winners of the night’s bout? A renegade Justin Bieber appearance as part of Floyd “Money” Mayweather’s entourage, and Washington getting turned into a meme.

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That’s not the way he sees it though.

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When finally asked about Uncle Denzel, ya boy got mad. He got angry. And then he spouted platitudes that seemingly had nothing to do with a shitty choice in outfit and awkward facial hair.

That’s why now more than ever, we need the Uncle Denzel meme. No potential comedy or off-color moment in this man’s career will ever be as good as imagining him as your older male relative who always wears a bluetooth headset that never remembers his cellphone.

This is the role meme the man was meant for. Don’t fight it, unc.

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*First Published: Sep 15, 2016, 11:27 am CDT