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  1. rjinva says

    And woudl Mr. Washington be as outraged at teh suffering if someone elsae had used negative racial remarks? Good for the goose, good for the gander. To my thinking this is as it should be.

  2. northalabama says

    he obviously learned nothing from the experience, and the end result is his own fault for not recognizing and admitting his mistake.

    his agenda was his downfall, not anyone else’s.

  3. Just_a_guy says

    An extremely rare situation in which some justice via publicity seems to have been served onto an anti-gay person like Isahiah Thomas.

    Tragically many times more common is a “f***** ” literally bashed to death in the street, and the homophobe gets off as an effective champion among the likes of Isaiah Washingtons of the world.

  4. says

    I remember that his costar Katherine Heigl was one of the most vocal to get him kicked off of Grey’s. I wonder what he thinks now about multiple blogs claiming that Katherine is “difficult” and studios won’t hire her for movies because she’s “not worth it”, not to mention her movie bombs.

  5. MARCUS BACHMANN says

    Babs Walters gave this tool a complete pass when he appeared on The View last week. She grovelled and apologized for all the hardships he’s been through without once mentioning the specifics of exactly why he lost his job.

  6. mike says

    He couldn’t earn 2 million a year and had to live off thousands of dollars of residuals ? How terrible for him. What about the young black gay man shot in the head in the West Village by Homophobes?What about the countless numbers of people who are harassed, spat at, beaten in the streets, fired from their jobs and generally treated like trash by homophobes daily all across the country and the world. ? Get out of your stupid LA bubble for just one second and look at the bigger picture. What a selfish little cretin.

  7. will says

    Good lord, this website has some of the nastiest, most vindictive posters on the internet (rivalling the anti-gay social con sites). How much time has to pass before the guy is forgiven?

  8. Isaac says

    I think he would have been forgiven if he showed any remorse or reached out to the gay community. Now he claims there was an “agenda” behind his firing. Seems like another way to avoid taking responsibility for hate speech.

  9. Alex Parrish says

    WIll — It’s not a matter of time., He is completely unrepentant and unwilling to accept his own responsibility for his plight. He is still blaming others (an agenda) for misery he brought upon himself. With this approach he will be forgiven…Hmmmm, let’s see…NEVER! OTOH if he ever comes to his senses and stops behaving and talking like a petulant actor who thinks he is ‘entitled’ he could be forgiven. Just like the mess he created, it is in his power to bring this about. Based on his current behavior, I don’t expect that anytime soon.

  10. joel says

    The first incident just started the ball rolling its when he couldn’t keep his pie hole shut and kept talking that truly caused his downfall. But whatever it was it was HIS actions and words which caused him the trouble and if he was living beyond his means again that was his fault.

    He was a jerk, seems to still be one and apparently the experience has taught him nothing except how to be a crybaby.

  11. jjose712 says

    He wasn’t punished for being an homophobe, he was punished for being stupid.
    After all the incident, and when the waters were calm again, he did that stupid remarks at the golden globes, and people just say enough.

    He had a fame previous to the incident of being conflictive

  12. says

    Washington started a fist fight with Patrick Dempsey on the set of his show. The slur happened during that incident and got the headlines, but there aren’t very many workplaces where such behavior wouldn’t get you fired immediately and make it hard to find another job. Agenda my ass. He’s a hothead and no one wanted to work with him.

  13. Michaelandfred says

    Ridiculous. An actor is only as relevant as his public persona. If no one wants to watch you because of something you’ve done or said, nobody has a responsibility to hire you. No publicists need take you on or agent represent you. To what end? Acting is a business, not a right. You trashed your image, and then continued to do so….still continue to show that you don’t believe it was your fault. So people will still continue to not want to watch you be a mediocre actor.

    Reminds me of Joey saying, “But I was Dr. Drake Remorey,” for years after he’d been fired. Was. The world doesn’t owe you an acting profession.

  14. bambinoitaliano says

    After all this years if you still can’t learn from this experience and take responsibility for your own action, you will never get out of that rut. He needs a lobotomy to unclog that block he has in that brain of his.

  15. Dan Cobb says

    So what have you learned from this whole affair? Let’s see…. something vague happened to him at the Golden Globes, and something vague and unspoken happened between him and Dempsey… and then, inexplicably his career tanked.

    Great way to deal with your issues. Just see your shortcomings as some vague, indescribable series of events… but whatever you do, don’t evaluate your own behavior. That’s my definition of a prima dona!

  16. JohnAGJ says

    I do think that he was treated a bit more harshly than was warranted, but that’s the risk you take when you market yourself to the public and end up ticking them off. Yet what struck me in his comments wasn’t about what happened in 2007 but his whining about losing a multi-million dollar apartment and salary. Rather difficult to feel much sympathy for him after many us took a huge hit during the financial crisis and are still digging out of the hole. A very clueless attitude he displayed there.

  17. JohnAGJ says

    I do think that he was treated a bit more harshly than was warranted, but that’s the risk you take when you market yourself to the public and end up ticking them off. Yet what struck me in his comments wasn’t about what happened in 2007 but his whining about losing a multi-million dollar apartment and salary. Rather difficult to feel much sympathy for him after many us took a huge hit during the financial crisis and are still digging out of the hole. A very clueless attitude he displayed there.

  18. Dan Cobb says

    This guy is a classic sociopath. He can’t bring himself to explain what caused his career to tank… because he cannot say “I am a homophobe who made homophobic remarks and I paid the price…”. So instead he says his career just tanked out of the blue after some evil cloud of circumstance descended on his career at the Golden Globes… as though some grave, inexplicable injustice befell him –something NOT of his own doing.

  19. Dan Cobb says

    This guy is a classic sociopath. He can’t bring himself to explain what caused his career to tank… because he cannot say “I am a homophobe who made homophobic remarks and I paid the price…”. So instead he says his career just tanked out of the blue after some evil cloud of circumstance descended on his career at the Golden Globes… as though some grave, inexplicable injustice befell him –something NOT of his own doing.

  20. enough already says

    He went from $2million/year to residuals?
    Seriously?
    Not only is he a hater, he’s also a bad money manager.
    He didn’t get run over by an agenda. It would not hurt, however, were he to get hit by the clue-bus: Being a hate-driven bigot is not good for business.

    Not one word of assuming responsibility for his actions, either. How old is he? Four?

  21. jonvincent says

    The reason his career is still a slump may have more to do with the fact that he is a fair-to-average actor with little charisma.
    There have been plenty of actors who have done wrong but after apologizing profusely have picked themselves back up and were up and running with a year or two.

  22. Boone68 says

    When popular public figures and leaders in the community make homophobic comments in public, they make it OK for violence against gays and lesbians to occur, especially when they model violence. During an ASSAULT on a colleague, he said “I’m not your little faggot like TR Knight”. He said this as he held Dempsey by the throat. He was blackballed because he is violent and a homophobe. It’s sick that he is now getting airtime again.

  23. Bart says

    Beyond the obvious (and oblivious) victim mentality, the first question is who was handling his finances and if you’re making a couple million a year, you didn’t save at least a few hundred thousand per year? Really? Sorry, I don’t believe he was suddenly broke and I’m certainly not joining any chorus of “poor guy.”

    I’ll bet he lived just fine after his self inflicted downfall. I doubt a day went by when he didn’t have a meal. And what does “I couldn’t afford an agent,” mean? They work on a pecentage. That’s utter nonsense. And if he couldn’t afford a publicist right after this, again, his own fault for handling his money so poorly.

    Sorry. No tears for this guy. And frankly, this little pity party makes sure I won’t go see his new movie even though it looks like the type of film I would enjoy. Can’t separate the pathetic man from the character. This guy needs to grow up and wake up.

  24. Robert says

    Glad I haven’t seen his name for a long time. His financial downfall is his own doing….and let’s stop with this gay “agenda” B.S. – all the community wants is equal rights like everyone else…get with the program!

  25. E. Manhattan says

    Gosh, he was treated just like one of his co-workers would have been if they had called him the n-word. And rightly so.

    I really like this agenda of not tolerating bigots any more. I hope it spreads.

  26. Pookie says

    He wasn’t treated harshly, agents and companies chose not to interact with him because he’s a typical childish jerk that can’t be trusted to have the minimal degree of respect for the people he works for and with.

    Anyone who goes from two million to broke – can’t feel even a little sympathy for him. None. And him using being black and a victim to try and garner sympathy for what he did to himself makes him absolutely repulsive.

    He’s got a bright future in the Republican Party though. Maybe he can be Sara Palin’s bus boy.

  27. Ryan says

    People fired for being gay at work in the 33 states where that’s perfectly illegal don’t get residual checks, Mr. Washington.

    However far you may have fallen, you didn’t have zero, like a lot of gay kids are who are kicked out of their homes because of the bigotry you espouse.

    You’ve clearly learned nothing, which is very sad.

  28. says

    For a black person in this TOXIC atmosphere of today’s political incorrectness to spew any prejudice is unbelievable. We are a country constantly divided by any and every possible agenda and agitated by the Rabid Radical Right.
    How a successful person with a public forum can use that podium to demean others is something else!
    Our culture is soaked with flammable poisons that eroded and destroy for some the very ability to see the truth and humanity in all.
    What happened to Brotherhood? Compassion and understanding? DO unto others..etc
    WAKE UP ALMERICA..and for Mr WASHINGTON.;Taking hits for what you did is not easy is it? But Gays get it EVERY DAY..And in some countries are beaten and sometimes tortured and killed WTF! Do not add fuel to those fires…
    As another wonderful actor said..although scripted…”Go into the Light!”

  29. woodroad34 says

    “Leave him alone”? Really? A bully acting like a victim….oh, boo hoo–why doesn’t he go talk with Bryan Fischer or Brian Brown or any other jack a** who cares about his little feelings. All he’s thinking about is the money. If he were any kind of actor, he would have gone out and done plays and tiny roles and gotten his goodwill back (look at Paul Rubens or any other disgraced personality)…no, he just squandered his money, only looking for the big roles, and cries. Once a weasel, always a weasel.

  30. jjose712 says

    Hue-Man: The truth is Washington wasn’t fired for calling TR f***t or for his fight with Dempsey, he was fired because the golden globes debacle.
    The show did a great effort to erase all the damage he did, and when all was more or less calm, he make himself a fool at the golden globes, and the producers decided that enough was enough.

    He had a fame of being conflictiv before Grey’s anathomy.
    And it’s not true that he didn’t have more oportunities, he was part of the cast of bionic woman, it wasn’t an agenda what made that show tanked

  31. billy bob says

    really this man hasn’t learned anything at all, he’s still a homophobe and blaming his bad judgement on other people. poor baby. i won’t watch anything he is on, nor buy anything from the sponsors.

  32. Xanadu says

    Does the interviewer bother to ask that the maybe the reason why he couldn’t get work is because he called a co-worker a faggot in the workplace? Forget celebrity, that all of the “faggots” both on and off screen just don’t want to hire a bigot?

    It’s incredibly telling how they both just dance around the catalyst and instead talk about spent money, Facebook & Twitter…

    I couldn’t make it to the end with all the “poor me” platitudes.

  33. Greatbigcanuck says

    Wow, imagine if you couldn’t get work or housing just because you were born with a same sex attraction and not from some ignorant comments you made, now that would be really sad.

  34. walter says

    there was no agenda other than his own bigotry that caused his problems. he has the right to speak his mind but people then also have the right to speak out against him and his beliefs. so if he doesn’t like getting burned don’t play with matches.

  35. Art says

    Big Mouth hath room for 2 Feet… and other body parts! Don’t blame others because of your hate! You probably blame whites because GOD made you black just like HE made us gay.

    “GOD didn’t make you black, it was a life choice!”

    See how irrational that statement is?!

  36. Bill says

    @Bart: agents may work for a percentage in most cases, but very few are willing to work for a percentage of zero.

    If he had trouble paying for an agent, it was probably because the agent wanted an hourly rate due to believing that nobody would hire this guy.

  37. TaylorG says

    This man is brilliant. He was wrongfully fired. I’m glad that Knight’s character was killed off the show shortly thereafter. I cannot believe he was fired over gossip. I’m sick of racism. There is such a double standard when it comes to black men and I’m tired of it. Those who wanted to see him burn have already suffered there judgement.

  38. James says

    Oddly enough, you can get away with racist remarks a lot quicker than you can by a slur against homosexuals, or Jews.

    Funny how people have made up their minds about an issue to which they weren’t privy, about people they’ve never met.

    Isiah Washington owes you nothing more than a good performance on stage, screen, or television. He is an actor, that’s all. Hopefully he’ll come back strong.

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