Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams who plays Jackson Avery, has caused a scandal due to his speech as the BET Awards. His speech was stating there needs to be an end to policy brutality and he demanded equality. His speech while passionate, left many people including fans of the show believing that Williams must be fired. Many people have said if a white person did that same speech they would have been fired instantly, so why is it still being considered?
His speech included: “We’ve been floating this country on credit for centuries, yo, and we’re done watching and waiting while this invention called whiteness uses and abuses us, burying black people out of sight and out of mind while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment like oil.”
A petition has started for the actor to be booted from ABC’s top show and already has thousands of signatures. While all this drama is going on, Williams is currently enjoying a holiday in Maui with colleague Ellen Pompeo, who plays leading actress Meredith Grey in the medical drama.
Is there some kind of trend going on with the show where people keep getting themselves fired due to things they say? Isiah Washington was also let go within the earlier seasons of Grey’s Anatomy due to things he said about gay co-worker T.R. Knight and more recently Patrick Dempsey who played the lead male role was fired due to an affair with one of the interns. The casts actions are continuously affecting the show but more so people outside of the show.
So will Williams be punished for his offensive speech or will the show let it slide this time? The cast along with thousands of others believe that the speech was inspiring and although it was blunt, it was also completely true. Williams’ response to the petition on Twitter was, “Do not promote empty people & their tantrums. Pure clickbait to gain followers, attention & money, for themselves, not you. Never you.” And he was backed up by creator of the show Shonda Rhimes who Tweeted, ” ‘Um, people? Boo don’t need a petition.”