I'm sure by now everyone is aware of the Grey's Anatomy scandal involving Isaiah Washington and his use of the homophobic word "faggot" towards his recently out gay co-star T.R. Knight. Isaiah has repeatedly denied referring to T.R. by the horrible slur, but when asked during a Q&A session after the Golden Globes if he had indeed used the term, he allowed the word to roll off of his tongue like it was no big deal.
Sorry Isaiah, it's going to be kinda hard not to believe you're not harboring some homophobic feelings towards gay people after your innapropriate outburst in front of your cast and millions of tv viewers. Following the incident GLAAD demanded an apology from the Grey's Anatomy star.
While many are seeking his head on a platter, activist Jasmyne Cannick is in his corner and believes there is no proof that Isaiah ever used the word or is homophobic. You can read her post here , it's an interesting read.
For the record Isaiah has since apologized for his actions. His apology is below.
Jan. 18, 2007 — - Statement of apology from Isaiah Washington regarding his recent remarks and actions at the Golden Globes:
"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."
With a meeting scheduled with the President of GLAAD early next week, I'm sure he will be trying to salvage what's left of his career at this point. Word on the street is ABC has already started lookng for his replacement. I defenitely don't agree with his actions but I don't know if I'm ready to see him lose his job. Good roles don't come along everyday for actors of color in Hollywood, but I guess he should have considered that before he opened his mouth.