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Isaiah Apologizes - Again

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.


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goldie311 goldie311 10 years
Poor guy still doesn't get it. You don't use the word to say you didn't use the word.
yayita yayita 10 years
people are way too sensitive
baltimoregal baltimoregal 10 years
Seriously mandyjean? You don't see the irony in your statement? How about this. Washington doesn't have to apologize but the people he offended can exercise their free speech by asking him to. TV is a free-market system. He also doesn't have to be employed if he creates a negative environment at his workplace. That's the law. As for the example that was written about by Jasmyne Cannick, I agree that a white man, gay or no, performing in blackface and portraying negative stereotypes is just wrong. And white (or otherwise) gay (or otherwise) people who would support the describes show are wrong too. The writer is right to call it out. But perhaps it hasn't gotten that attention because it didn't happen on television. Michael Richards's racial slur incident is perhaps a more comparable scenario. And he CERTAINLY got equitable attention and continues to do so. And what he did didn't even happen live- or twice. BaltimoreGal
liliblu liliblu 10 years
JASMYME CANNICK: The Hypocrisy of White Gay America Gays Can Protest Isaiah Washington, but Remain Silent on White Gay Man Who Performs Blackface Minstrel Show After 24 hours of protest by white gay America towards “Grey’s Anatomy” star Isaiah Washington after accusations from fellow gay co-actor T.R. Knight of Washington referring to him as the f-word and Washington’s mistake of using the word at a press conference at the Golden Globes, the gays have won. In an editorial I penned yesterday (scroll down below), I referred to the protest as something that reminds of 1876 in the Deep South, when a white woman would scream rape at the hands of a Black man, and that Black man was then dragged out of his home into the middle of the night and beaten and lynched by an angry white mob without any proof or evidence, just the word of his accuser. It was another case of guilty until proven innocent. At the end of the day, the issue for me and many Black Americans was the fact that in the beginning this was the issue of one man’s word against another and without any further evidence, all of white gay America pounced on Washington defending their beloved Knight. But for the most part that’s the way it always goes. And in the end, as I said yesterday, Isaiah was wrong for using the word at the Golden Globes, he could have said “the f-word” instead of repeating the entire slur again. However, it really didn’t matter because the gay mafia’s wheels were in motion and they smelled meat, dark meat. And whether Isaiah apologized or not, it was all down hill for him anyway. Once you’re labeled as a homophobe in the entertainment industry it’s pretty hard to shake that wrap. But something about this whole thing reeks of white privilege, gay power, and what I commonly refer to as the hypocrisy of white gay America. The gay mafia didn’t have a problem defending their pretty boy Knight whose career will probably sky rocket now that’s he’s out of the closet. However, at the same time, there’s been no protest launched against Charles Knipp, a white gay man who dresses up in blackface as a character he calls Shirley Q. Liquor and describes as an “inarticulate Black women on welfare with 19 kids.” Set to perform during Black History Month in West Hollywood, this self-described comic has built an entire career of promoting the most negative and vicious stereotypes of Blacks, in particular Black women. In broken English, Liquor makes comments like “axe your mamma how she durrin” and misuses words like “ignunt.” Knipp mocks the Black American holiday Kwanzaa and makes fun of stereotypical Black names in a music video entitled, “Who Is My Baby’s Daddy?,” even going as far as to use sexually transmitted diseases as names of Black children. Knipp’s characterizations of Black woman played out on stage in city after city are ones that portray Black women as being on welfare, living in the projects, illiterate, sexually promiscuous mothers who don’t know who their children’s fathers are, alcoholics, and drug addicts. But let’s look a bit closer at the hypocrisy I spoke of. I already mentioned that the gay mafia has said nothing about Knipp, but do you want to know why? Because they’re the ones responsible for selling out his shows as he tours around the country. Knipp doesn’t bring his shows to the people he’s degrading. No, he books his shows in white gay Mecca’s like L.A.’s West Hollywood, New York’s Chelsea District, San Francisco’s Castro District. So let me get this straight, no pun intended, it’s not ok for the Black guy to use the f-word, but it is ok for the white gay guy to dress up in blackface and perform parodies that mock Blacks. I once made the comment that if Knipp were making fun of Jews his act would have been canceled a long time ago, but I think I’ll change that to include gays as well given the recent incident with Washington. I learned a long time ago that as a Black lesbian, my place was with Blacks. The same racism and classism issues that exists between Blacks and whites in general, applies to the gay community as well. I may have issues with the occasional homophobic Black pastor or rapper, but at the end of the day, we as Blacks know what discrimination and racism is because we’ve dealt with it all of our lives. So when it happens, we can call it out. Unfortunately, when it comes to the gay community, if it’s not affecting their rosy white lives, then they couldn’t give a damn. But hey, isn’t that what white privilege is all about? Jasmyne Cannick is a social commentator and activist who is known for addressing the issues others can't or simply won't.
canthelpwatching canthelpwatching 10 years
Im so sad about this. So sad. I cant believe that he lied. It did taint the show for me last night. But Im still going to watch. I love his character.
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
I agree with the comments that making someone apologize doesn't mean that they're sorry. :oy:
liliblu liliblu 10 years
I found the original link to the editorial that was posted on
liliblu liliblu 10 years
I friend of mine directed me to an article written by Jasmyne Cannick. I thought she had an interesting view of this situation. I'm going to try to post a link to her site. If the link doesn't work you can go to her site and click sexuality in the right corner and the article will appear. She dicusses race and homosexuality. She also talks about hypocrisy she sees in the gay community.
Mrs-Lachey Mrs-Lachey 10 years
fire him!!!! im a HUGE greys anatomy fan and it is completely unacceptable for abc to let this go. apology or not its to little 2 late!!!
Neural Neural 10 years
Okay... when's he entering rehab? Isn't that the next step?
Veronica81 Veronica81 10 years
He is so annoying. What a liar!!! I watched that video posted yesterday of him denying the whole thing to Nancy O'dell and Billy Bush on whatever show they host. He couldn't even keep a straight face while he was telling them he didn't say it. Just admit it: "Yes, I made a comment I thought would be funny at the time (or out of frustration or whatever), but I now realize that it was hurtful, and I've stricken that word from my vocabulary." Is that so hard? If he had just done that in the beginning, I doubt we'd still be hearing about it now.
Beautifulbarbie Beautifulbarbie 10 years
This should be over by now.
mandyjean mandyjean 10 years
see, i don't understand, maybe someone can explain it to me, the G&L community keeps asking for every one's respect and all, but they don't gain any respect from anyone when they demand apologies all the time. that just makes me irritated with them, why should he have to apologise for using (or not using) his right to free speech? I don't know, feel free to inform me in my inbox.
DulceSkye DulceSkye 10 years
I think the sad truth is that he's not sincere. He's apologizing because he feels he has to, not because he wants to.
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 10 years
im so over him! i watched greys last night and i wanted to be happy about him kinda talking to sandra oh..but i jusst couldnt he has ruined that character for me!!
Deba Deba 10 years
Well I think he hasnt realize that there might be a LOT of people that can say nasty things to him!
dreamsugar dreamsugar 10 years
"Honestly -- he need to not speak in public again" -- that is so true! He's digging a deeper hole for himself.
Fantasia1 Fantasia1 10 years
the show wont lose anything wthout him.
vmruby vmruby 10 years
Some people just don't know when to keep their mouths shut. What a moron.........
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 10 years
If people could rag on about Mel and KKKramer then Isaiah deserves no different. He apologised but not before lying in front of the man he insulted, his workmates, his employers and a global audience. His character does not need to erased there is such a thing as a recasting and Grey's can survive the loss of one man, it's not the OC that relied on one pivotal character. ER has lost a lot od its cat but it's still on.
kiki5571 kiki5571 10 years
Ok, I'm sick of hearing about this. What he did was wrong, he shouldn't have done it twice, however, he apologized - there is nothing more he can say or do. I feel bad for T.R., the only thing that is going to make this better for him is if people stop talking about it and reminding him it happened. And although, Washington should be fired for his actions, I think that the his characters loss with change everything about Grey's.
Fantasia1 Fantasia1 10 years
i saw T.R on the ellen show, poor guy it showed that he was really hurt, and mr isiah here talks like it meant nothing!
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 10 years
Talk about an embarrassment to the black community, you'd think wee'd be more sensitive abut slurs after everything we've been through. He needs to be F.I.R.E.D.
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
His publicist totally wrote that.
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 10 years
I am so upset with Isaiah Washington. As an African-American person he should know better. I think he needs to be fired, maybe this will send a message to people. The racial, religious and slurs about sexual orientation need to go! Style Before Comfort!
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