Posted on Tue Jul 5th, 2016 1:10pm PDT By X17 Staff
So much drama!
Outrage has exploded on the Internet, calling for Jesse Williams to be fired from Grey’s Anatomy for his speech at the BET Awards, which was held on June 26.
A petition has been circulating on Change.com, which states: “Jesse Williams spewed a racist, hate speech against law enforcement and white people at the BET awards. If this was a white person making the same speech about an African American, they would have been fired and globally chastised, as they should be, but there has been no consequences to Williams’ actions. There’s been no companies making a stand against his racist remarks and no swift action condemning his negative attitude.”
The petition went on, ”Why was Burke’s character fired from Grey’s Anatomy after his inappropriate homophobic slur, but nothing for Jesse Williams?”
But the show’s creator Shonda Rhimes is not giving in to the pressure. She tweeted to her 1.25 million followers, “Um, people? Boo don’t need a petition #shondalandrules.”
Um, people? Boo don’t need a petition. #shondalandrules
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) July 5, 2016
The 34-year-old actor also took to Twitter to respond to the hubbub.
“Do not promote empty people their tantrums. Pure clickbait to gain followers, attention money, for themselves, not you. Never you.”
Do not promote empty people their tantrums. Pure clickbait to gain followers, attention money, for themselves, not you. Never you.
— jesseWilliams. (@iJesseWilliams) July 3, 2016
Last month, the Grey’s Anatomy star was honored by BET with the Humanitarian Award for his work in the Black Lives Matter movement. Williams told PEOPLE that his speech was about letting people know they aren’t alone.
He told People magazine that his speech was intended to let people know they were not alone. ”Words are only as good as the response to those words. But I’d like to think that I give people a sense that they are not alone,” said the actor.
“If we keep poisoning our children to believe that we are nothing and that white people are everything, that’s when it finds itself reflected in the way we treat each other,” continues Williams. “It’s not that complicated. The truth we are teaching is that every contribution in the history of the planet came from blonde people. It’s not true and it’s destructive, and people are getting killed long term as a result. People don’t believe that we deserve it.”
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