* In 2001 Julia Roberts implied that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was guilty of racism, for not giving Denzel Washington an Oscar Award for “Best Actor.” “He [Washington] should be on his third Oscar by now, and that might not be enough,” she told Newsweek. “I mean did you see Malcolm f***ing X and Hurricane and Philadelphia?… I cannot absorb living in a world where I have an Oscar for best actress and Denzel doesn’t have one for best actor.” At the following year’s Academy Awards ceremony, Washington won the Oscar for best actor, and Roberts introduced him as the winner.
* In a February 2015 public-service announcement produced by the environmental organization Conservation International, Roberts narrated the voice of “Mother Nature.” Reminding human beings that they could be sealing their own fates if they failed to be good stewards of the environment, Mother Nature said: “I’ve been here for over four and a half billion years—22,500 times longer than you. I don’t really need people…. I have fed species greater than you and I have starved species greater than you. My oceans, my soil, my flowing streams, my forests, they all can take you or leave you.”
* Bestselling author Michelle Malkin describes how Julia Roberts in 1997 attempted to involve herself in a high-profile “human rights”/asylum case that eventually proved to be a hoax. Writes Malkin:
In 1997, a West African calling herself “Adelaide Abankwah” entered the United States illegally. She was a perfect poster child for the feminist cause. Too perfect.
“Abankwah” landed on our shores from Ghana. She told immigration authorities in New York that she was the daughter of the dead “Queen Mother” of a Ghanaian tribe, the “Nkumssa,” which allegedly practiced female genital mutilation. The young “princess” said she feared she would be subjected to a cutting ritual, known as a clitoridectomy, if the tribe discovered she had engaged in premarital sex.
When the Immigration and Naturalization Service challenged “Abankwah’s” story and detained her, women’s groups, churches and Marie Claire magazine rallied. [Gloria] Steinem, [Julia] Roberts, New York Democrats Charles Schumer and Carolyn Maloney, and First Lady Hillary Clinton joined the campaign to “Free Adelaide”—and open the gates to every alien claiming fear of female genital mutilation.
A lower federal court rejected “Abankwah’s” asylum claim, saying her personal fear did not constitute persecution. But the 2nd Circuit Court reversed the ruling. At a triumphal press conference, Steinem lambasted “Abankwah’s” doubters and praised her as a “wonderful woman who we should be grateful to have as a citizen.”
But investigators had gathered evidence that this royal was a royal joker. “Adelaide Abankwah” was actually Regina Norman Danson, a hotel worker who had stolen the real Abankwah’s identity and cooked up her story to help her gain asylum.
According to the evidence, Danson’s mother was alive when Danson made her claim, she and her mom had never been members of the Nkumssa tribe, and there was no tradition of genital mutilation in the region where Danson lived in Ghana.
Although the Washington Post exposed the hoax in 2000 and Danson admitted falsifying her identity, no effort was made to deport Danson or charge her with fraud—reportedly because of pressure from Hillary Clinton.