The controversy surrounding Isaiah Washington's use of a gay slur came to a head this afternoon when ABC gave a statement saying they were "dismayed" with Isaiah's "unacceptable" behavior. GLAAD also demanded a public apology from the actor and, as of late yesterday, they got it. Isaiah issued the following statement:
"I apologize to T.R., my colleagues, the fans of the show and especially the lesbian and gay community for using a word that is unacceptable in any context or circumstance. By repeating the word Monday night, I marred what should have been a perfect night for everyone who works on 'Grey's Anatomy.' I can neither defend nor explain my behavior. I can also no longer deny to myself that there are issues I obviously need to examine within my own soul, and I've asked for help.
I know the power of words, especially those that demean. I realize that by using one filled with disrespect I have hurt more than T.R. and my colleagues. With one word, I've hurt everyone who has struggled for the respect so many of us take for granted. I welcome the chance to meet with leaders of the gay and lesbian community to apologize in person and to talk about what I can do to heal the wounds I've opened.
T.R.'s courage throughout this entire episode speaks to his tremendous character. I hold his talent, and T.R. as a person, in high esteem. I know a mere apology will not end this, and I intend to let my future actions prove my sincerity."
This seems too little too late after Isaiah lied on national television. Plus he's apologized for his comments before but then went back and denied them. He's obviously just trying to appease his bosses and keep his job. Apology or not, we'll stick with our Over/Under bet on Dr Preston Burke being written out of Grey's within ten episodes.