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Did Grey's Anatomy Go a Gay Too Far for ABC Execs?

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Here's a clip of Patrick Dempsey on Ellen yesterday sticking to the talking points about Brooke Smith's sudden departure from Grey's Anatomy

The Guardian writes: "Series creator Shonda Rhimes has made a point of stating that the decision to axe Hahn was not because of her sexuality. 'Clearly it's not an issue,' she argued in a statement, 'as we have a lesbian character on the show – Calliope Torres.' Rimes's attempt at damage control might have been more convincing had Thursday's episode not had Dr Torres cheat on her girlfriend with resident 'man whore' Dr Mark 'McSteamy' Sloan – an experience she thoroughly enjoyed."

Watch the clip, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Isaiah Washington: A Status Report

Patrick Dempsey reports to Access Hollywood's Billy Bush that there have been no recent outbursts from Isaiah Washington since he returned to the Grey's Anatomy set.

Isaiah_1Said McDreamy: "It’s hard. I haven’t spent enough time around to honestly know what’s going on with him. I haven’t spoken to him about it. You do have a feeling when you look at him that something is different and that he is working on things. You can’t get away from the fact he’s doing a great job on the show. He does beautiful work. He’s very passionate about it. He allows himself to feel deeply and sometimes, that’s very difficult to contain and control appropriately...I think good will come from this."

Hollywood website TMZ caught up with Isaiah outside L.A. restaurant Orso last week (video). According to Washington, "everything is a blessing" with regard to his relationship with T.R. Knight. When TMZ asked if he had made amends with the gay community, Washington replied "I don't know. What have you heard?" When asked about his staying on the show, Washington says: "I think that's the important thing, still giving the people what they want."


ABC Must Fire Isaiah Washington Over Anti-gay Remarks

Calls are ringing out throughout the blogosphere for some kind of response from Washington and ABC. A petition has sprung up online in a bid to have ABC fire Washington for his ongoing slurs against gay people. (I wish someone would go in and correct the spelling in the petition but I suppose it's the message that's important.)

Washington_1In an interview with AfterElton, director and producer Paris Barclay gave his opinion about what should happen: "Here's what needs to happen: ABC, from Steve McPherson [ABC President] on down, need to condemn this kind of hate-speak, and Isaiah needs to be fired. It's just that simple. He needs to go. He's a homophobe and a liar, and no matter how important he may appear to be, there has to be a line on what behavior is acceptable both on the set and when representing the show to the press."

Meanwhile, GLAAD yesterday issued a statement calling for Washington to apologize and make amends, and announcing that they're contacting Washington's "people" to arrange a meeting with the actor.

Said GLAAD President Neil Giuliano: "When Isaiah Washington uses this kind of anti-gay slur — whether on set or in front of the press — it does more than create a hostile environment for his castmates and the crew of Grey's Anatomy. It also feeds a climate of hatred and intolerance that contributes to putting our community in harm's way. As Ellen pointed out in her discussion with T.R., this is a word that's used to abuse kids on school playgrounds. We also know that, tragically, this sometimes can be the last word people hear before they're attacked, beaten and possibly even killed. Washington's repeated use of it on-set and in the media is simply inexcusable. We want to sit down with him and give him an opportunity to raise public awareness about the destructive impact of these kinds of anti-gay slurs. Over the past four months Washington has become part of a significant problem of anti-gay prejudice in this country. He has an opportunity now to be part of the solution."

Unfortunately, the time for hand-holding and apologies has long passed.

Washington had his opportunity to make amends over the remarks, and instead he chose to lie.

Isaiah Washington needs to be fired from Grey's Anatomy. It is past time for ABC to take action and show that they will not tolerate the use of hateful language towards gay people now, or at any point in the future.

The longer ABC waits to formulate a response to these incidents, the more they become complicit in what has occurred.

The background...
T.R. Knight Discusses Anti-gay slur on Ellen [tr]
T.R. Knight Confirms Details of Washington's Homophobic Slur [tr]
Grey's Anatomy's Katherine Heigl Scolds Washington for Slur [tr]
Isaiah Washington Still Obsessed with TR Knight [tr]
Grey's Anatomy Actor T.R. Knight: "I'm Gay" [tr]
Tab: Isaiah Washington Used Gay Slur in Grey's Anatomy Brawl [tr]


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