Denzel Washington and Viola Davis spent some quality time with us journos in the press room at the Tony Awards, but, unfortunately, I could only grab a few minutes of their comments. A security goon ordered me to shut off my camera as soon as I started. That was absurd, because other media outlets were shooting video. I pressed a fight with the goon and a PR flack in the back of the room and, by the time I prevailed, Denzel and Viola were almost done talking. At least I caught a bit of what they said.
Last night at the Tonys, the security chaps were out of control. Several of them barked at me, ordered me to halt and not enter areas where I was cleared to enter, according to my press pass, which was in clear view, dangling from my neck. They were an army of bullies desperate to assert their authority despite not knowing the rules they were hired to enforce.