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Why is it that when someone is called a slang word , and they are in fact the definition of that word, they find it offensive? Doesn't that mean that they are offended by who or what they are? This guy wasn't outed because someone called him a faggot! Why is it that someone calling him a faggot has him so upset, is he ashamed of who he is?
I believe that if Isaiah Washington is fired it would be a stupid a move as is all this media attention on 1 word. Sticks and Stones is all I have to say PEOPLE come on!!!!
Let's get it together!
I love this show and watch it faithfully not because of one actor but because of the chemistry all the actors have together.
Get over it and move on.
And to the writers of the show , Keep up the good work!!!!
I absolutely love the show and what it brings to TV! I just hop it continues to rise to the occasion and bring the viewers great TV to watch.
As far as the slur...it done and over with move on...I have.
Burke Backer says:
"I think more hate has been leveled at Isaiah since this hit the news stands than Isaiah ever intended towards T.R. or even Patick and primarily by people who claim to be preaching tolerance..."
It's by means of example. "Kramer" says the 'n' word and it's all over the media. Same goes for homophobia. Neither can be tolerated.
Isaiah Washington is intelligent and OUGHT to know enough to curb his verbiage when he comes from a background that suffered those same slings and arrows.
This issue's bigger than Washington, Knight or that television show.
I dare say some good has come of it.
This is all so amusing, especially to the person who believes IW is dependenty upon their viewership. HA! he has been eating quite well for years, and I dare say probably better than you have ever eaten. Could that be the problem here.
I've watched the show from episode 1 and will continue until the finale. Unless of course the writer/producers buckle to please the crowd and fire IW.
I don't watch this show and I don't plan on start watching it. But as a gay person myself, I find this hateful words unnecessary. If this has happened the other way around, I'll be curious to see how Burke Backer would paraphrase it. "Back off I am not your little......" just curious.
On the other hand, Patick would be a racist, and I just wonder why the doble standards?
Had somone on the set used a racial slur in regards to Mr. Washington being a "ni - - er" there would have been riots, Jesse Jackson involved, etc. It amazes me the indifference in tolerance. On Mr. Washington's behalf, people do make mistakes and as human beings we have the gift of giving and receiving forgiveness. Words are like nails hammered into a piece of wood, once forgiven the nail is removed but to hold the wood up to the light, you can see the scars of the words. They never go away.
I know I'm coming late to this story though God knows it has been all over the media and GA websites for a while now. I have refrained from commenting on what were in actual fact rumors and continue to be. Isaiah has apologized for whatever he said or did, his co-stars, the producers including Ms Rhimes have addressed the issue and clearly moved on, it is sensible for fans to do the same. On my part I will continue to support Isaiah and wish him the very best 'cos as far as I'm concerned no one else can inhabit the role of Burke like he does.
One more thing - I love this website! You have handled the rumors with good sense and refrained from jumping on the bandwagon of haters - incredibly mature and professional. Well done!
Actually, Isaiah Washington said something very similar to that on the Megan Mullally (is that her name from Will and Grace?) talk show months before the fight between Patrick and Isaiah. He said that he was happy that the relationship between Cristina and Burke was so well accepted and he hoped that it would open people up to accepting all kinds of relationship like those between the same gender. You can down load the broadcast on Bangsanatomy.com if you want to hear it. Or would you rather just assume that he is homophobic? Just because we read this differently, Colin, does not mean that anyone is dismissing or rationalizing hate. I think Isaiah was saying to Patrick, "Back off, I am not your girl friend", when he said, "I am not your fa.....t" . He used a word that he regretted, and apologized for it, but he was not saying I hate gays. He was saying don't treat me like I am in your pocket and willing to do anything you say just because you say it. He was not calling T.R. nam
You know, I know hearing that homophobia exists makes people uncomfortable and they want to ignore it. It's an ugly topic, and it's sad to think that it's present on a TV show we all love so much. But rationalizing it to "protect" a show is sort of an act of averise discrimination. Not paying attention to it, or dismissing it is not better than actually saying it.
When do we all say enough is enough about hate? Even if it means changing your attitude about some insipid television show that hardly matters in the long run.
On the contrary, speaking out in anger does not express your true feelings. It's just a way of getting the anger out, and it means you have to find other way in letting that anger out. Everyone gets angry, it's a human emotion that is in everyone, just like crying and laughing. Once my best friend was so angry at me and said some very unkind words, and at the time I did think our friendship was over, but she apologized, we sat down and talked for hours, and now I can't imagine not having her friendship. But not only that, I felt that I had to forgive her, because I once told my father (which brings tears to my eyes when I think about it) that I hated him, and never wanted to see him again, and I knew I didn't mean it, but I was angry. Fortunately, we were able to patch things up.
Hi MJ, So glad to hear from you because I am feeling kind of alone out here tonight. If you create a webpage, please let me know the URL because I would love to visit it. There are lots of video montages on youtube.com of Burke and Cristina, too. I have them all saved as favorites. Some are scenes put to music and others are just short scenes from the show, words and all. I would love to see your webpage when you get it done.
Lionel, what else can he do except sincerely regret? What would you have him do? What "horrid comment" did he make? Do you know for sure what was said or who it was said to or even why it was said? Why believe the worst in him. "Likely revealed". Why would you think this. Have you never said anything in anger that you didn't really mean? I hate that race has entered into this conversation at all, but I also have no doubt that as a Black man he has experienced far more bigotry than T.R. Knight will ever experience as a gay actor. Would he tolerate
Mr. Washington can "sincerely regret" all he wants, but it does not change the fact that he likely revealed his true feelings in this horrid comment. It is in the heat of the moment, when we are not monitoring outselves, that we let our guards down enough to show what we really think and believe. Would he be as willing to excuse such bigotry if a white actor had used the word "nigger" in an altercation? I doubt it. And I suspect that there would be much more of an uproar--so much so that the producer would probably be forced to fire the offender due to the outcry. I guess it just show, yet again, that bigotry is not the sole domain of any one race, but something that is shared by all of humanity, even when we have endured bigotry ourselves. How sad.
Burke Backer, we must be related because you always say what I'm thinking. I hope IW knows he has so many loyal fans. I'm even learning how to create web pages so I can create one for Burke/Cristina. I'm not very computer literate, but for IW and SO, I'm willing to learn.
I loved Shonda's comment about how disturbing it is that anyone would think that one black actor could just take the place of another. I was really bothered by that, too, because if we know anything about Grey's it is that actors are cast regardless of race. Preston Burke did not have to be black. The fact that he is is completely beside the point. It is Isaiah Washinton's portrayal of Burke, with all of the expressiveness that he has brought to the part that makes the character come alive. No one else could ever be Preston Burke, black, white, or green.
We all don't know what happened but we can all sure guess what happened. WHere there's smoke, there's fire, right? Sure, everyone's trying to play it down but can anyone remember the Desperate Housewives Vanity Fair shoot? They all said it was nothing and just a misunderstanding. Really, it doesn't look good when big stars go bad and bitchy. Same case here.
Anyway, here's an acticle from AfterElton that talks about gay slurs comapring it to racial ones.
I don't know what some of you people expect. Especially from people you don't know personally and what you do know is what you read. This is Shonda's problem to deal with and she has. It's time to leave well enough alone and move on.
Thank you for sharing the article with us. It sounds like the argument, over in seconds, was far less important to any of the people involved than we have been lead to believe by some members of the media more interested in furthering their own agenda than in giving us facts. I am proud of Isaiah for coming forward and publically apologizing. I don't know a single person who has never said or done something in anger they later regretted. If you have the DVDs from season two, listen to the episodes with the voice overs from actors, writers, and directors. They are just talking informally about the episodes as if we were in a room together watching. In every one, someone says something great about Isaiah. Sandra Oh comments on his sense of humor and how fun he is to work with. The writers and other actors talk about his dignity and the ways that he brings Burke to life that go beyond the words on the page. They talk about him as a friend and fantastic actor. Not once does anyon
Like I've said, the argument was between the actors, and since Knight wasn't there, whatever was said should not have gotten back to him, and the only reason it did was to cause problems - that's what jealous and evil people do. I will continue to watch, and my feeling for all three actors and characters hasn't changed, People need to stop putting actors and other famous people on a pedestal, because they are human and they make mistake. I love that Shonda is backing Mr. Washington, because I will continue to back him 100%. He has apologized and that is all he can do. So it's time to move on. I'm sure we've all said things out of anger and/or exhaustion.
And one other thing I realized from talking with friends is that some of these people commenting are CSI fans, so of course they want it to keep going.
We STILL don't know what really happened and do we care? I don't not anymore.
But it's funny, everytime a white guy and a black guy get into a fight, the white guy always comes out on top looking like the hero and the black guy always comes out looking like the villian. Patrick isn't the goody-goody guys, he must have done "something."
I'll still be watching the show despite all this high school gossip crap going on.
Well, first of all... we dont even know what this "slur" is! Everything that claims for it to be homophobic is a RUMOR triggered by Knight's coming out of the closet. No one has even said if the two incidents are related. And I personally am just going to wait for the tell all interview before I go and cast judgement.
Second, even if it was a homophobic slur, everyone makes mistakes. If it was any other job, I do not believe it would result in a job loss (unless it was with a client/customer). But between co-workers, I think it would only result in a write-up or something. If Washington and Knight are fine and moving on with life, fans should too. If Knight can still wake up and come to work every morning and not feel violated, then surely I can continue to watch the show!
Ever heard abut being tolerant!! What gives you the authority to "dismiss" people? We are trying to obtain peace in this world and we can't even have "love and peace" attitudes in our daily life? I suppose you never said or did anything that you regret within minutes. What a mentality I feel so sorry for you.
Now that Mr. Washington has indeed apologized for his "actions and the unfortunate use of words during the recent incident on-set," I will now not be watching this show any longer unless this actor is dismissed. To do otherwise is to condone violent actions laced with homophobiaâ€"characteristics I find abhorrent in any individual, let alone any actor who relies on viewers to maintain his very salary.
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