Kerry Washington: Being An Artist 'Doesn't Mean I Should Have Less Of A Voice'

“I’m not a politically active actor. I’m a politically active American,” she said on "The View."

Kerry Washington may not have the same sway over Washington D.C. as Olivia Pope, but the “Scandal” star is politically engaged in her own right. 

Washington chatted with the cast of “The View” on Tuesday about her commitment to political activism and voter turnout in the 2016 election.

Not only did Washington speak at The Women’s March in January, she unapologetically claimed her commitment to advocacy while wearing a safety pin as an emblem of unity during the SAG Awards

After admitting to having a “big mouth” about politics, Washington told the ladies of “The View” that though she feels obligated to be active in our democracy, her activism isn’t inspired by her celebrity status. 

“I’m not a politically active actor. I’m a politically active American,” she said. “I participate in my democracy because that’s what democracy is. ‘We the People’ means we all have to show up and participate.” 

When asked by “The View” co-host Joy Behar about her thoughts on criticism of entertainers who voice their political opinions, Washington gave a response to quiet that noise. 

“I’m never going to give up my voice as an American because of what I do for a living... just because I’m an artist doesn’t mean I should have less of a voice,” she said. 



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