And the backlash of Jesse Williams’ powerful BET Awards speech continues. White Grey’s Anatomy fans have lost their minds that one of the show’s actors dare speak about oppression.
Critics have gone on Twitter and Facebook to express their thoughts. The official Grey’s Anatomy Facebook page has been flooded with comments since Williams’ speech. Some are threatening to boycott the long-running show if Williams isn’t fired for actually caring about black people. A Change.org petition has even been created.
It has a laughable 20 signatures as of the writing of this post.
Jesse Williams spewed a racist, hate speech against law enforcement and white people at the BET awards. If this was a white person making the same speech about an African American, they would have been fired and globally chastised, as they should be, but there has been no consequences to Williams’ actions. There’s been no companies making a stand against his racist remarks and no swift action condemning his negative attitude. Why was Burke’s character fired from Grey’s Anatomy after his inappropriate homophobic slur, but nothing for Jesse Williams? Why the one-way street? Why the support for a hater? Why the hypocrisy? #AllLivesMatter All humans bleed the same color. #EqualConsequences4RacistBehavior
UPDATE: The signature count has now grown to nearly 6,000
people idiots. Why do I hate the world we live in?
Peep just a few of the ridiculous Facebook comments:
They’re either mad because they didn’t actually listen to what Williams said or they know the dreamy actor from their favorite show was talking about them. Williams said it best…
Although I can write a think piece on how sacred white people repeatedly try to silence black people who speak truthfully about race, justify institutional racism and inequality, while simultaneously proving Williams’ point, it’s simply not worth it. Whatever I say is just going to go in one ear and come out “reverse racism” in the other.
Boycott all they want, these Grey’s fans are going to have to stay mad because Williams isn’t going anywhere. The show’s creator, Shonda Rhimes, and titular star, Ellen Pompeo, both praised Williams for his speech.
In woods. Far from wifi. Get signal! What'd I miss? "Just because we're magic doesn't mean we're not real." @iJesseWilliams' speech. YES.
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) June 28, 2016
In our world of media where entertainers are only interested in promoting themselves @iJesseWilliams is selfless & as refreshing as it gets
— Ellen Pompeo (@EllenPompeo) June 27, 2016
Grey’s Anatomy has been one of my favorite shows since its second season. However, if you’re just discovering Jesse Williams, you can catch his woke self every Thursday on ABC this fall.