Friday, June 8, 2007

Isaiah Washington fired from 'Grey's Anatomy'

I'm not a regular watcher of the ABC drama 'Grey's Anatomy.' But I got acquainted with the show last fall when the controversy involving actor Isaiah Washington blew up into the open.

Washington got into a physical altercation on the set with show star Patrick Dempsey in which Washington apparently uttered the words, "I'm not your little faggot like T.R."

'T.R.' was of course Washington's co-star on the show, T.R. Knight.

T.R. Knight, an affable and attractive actor, who seems like a very nice guy as far as I can tell, felt compelled to come out of the closet publicly as a result of the incident. "I hope the fact that I'm gay isn't the most interesting part of me," Knight said at the time.

Washington faced no reprimand for the altercation. Months later, backstage at the Golden Globes, he uttered the homophobic slur again in response to a question on the incident. In front of his co-stars including Knight and the international media, Washington waltzed up to the microphone in response to a question on the backstage fight and said he never called T.R. a 'faggot.'

To deny he used the slur, he used the slur.

A huge public backlash ensued. Calls for Washington to be fired from the show got very loud. Washington went into major damage control mode. He apologized profusely. He even went to some kind of rehab program.

I don't know about you, but I've never heard of any kind of anti-homophobia re-hab program. Washington's frantic response was impressive, but unconvincing.

If a co-worker of mine had gotten into a violent confrontation in my workplace and uttered "I'm not your little faggot like Matt," I can attest that the workplace would have been sufficiently poisoned so that continuing to work professionally would be greatly challenged.

Washington's actions no doubt poisoned the workplace environment for T.R. as well as the rest of his castmates. He simply had to go.

Today, ABC made it official. Isaiah Washington won't be returning to the show next season.

His statement sent out today through his publicist seems to confirm the man's strangely irrational mindset (which got him into this mess in the first place) is still anything but cured.

"I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore," is all Washington has to say with regard to his departure from the show.

He's not going to take it anymore? What does that mean? I don't know about you, but this statement conjures up images of Washington returning to the Grey's set in the near future with a machine gun. I certainly hope not, of course.


Jay said...

Bigots usually check into alcohol rehab.

It is supposed to show they are serious about changing. I don't know what spouting off slurs has to do with alcohol. Celebrities do rehab for everything even though its not related to what they did in the first place.

They try to make a connection between drinking and someones inability to think before they speak. No connection but to the average Joe it sounds about right.

When someone like this goes into rehab its because they have a mental deficiency not a substance abuse issue.

We need to change this. If they do make slurs they should be fired. It has nothing to do with substance abuse and everything to do with personality problems.

Can them all.

Matt said...

Hey Jay, I agree completely. It seems celebrities can get away with anything as long as they spend one day in some unspecified re-hab program...

Rashid said...

I am quite glad that he is not goign to be returning on the show; despite how good an actor he was