7,500 Dummies Want Jesse Williams Fired From ‘Grey's Anatomy’ After BET Awards Speech
"Just because we're magic doesn't mean we're not real." As the final words to an incredible and powerful speech, Jesse Williams used his BET Awards acceptance speech to address the day-to-day problems black people face in America. And although many viewers loved what Williams had to say, some didn't.
A petition was made over the Fourth of July weekend to get Williams fired from Grey's Anatomy, and currently has over 7,400 signatures. The reason why? Reverse racism. The petition's creator, Erin Smith, 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. Why was Burke's character fired from Grey’s Anatomy after his inappropriate homophobic slur, but nothing for Jesse Williams? Why the one-way street? Why the support for a hater? Why the hypocrisy? #AllLivesMatter All humans bleed the same color. #EqualConsequences4RacistBehavior."
Another case in which someone argues that #AllLivesMatter when that's obviously not the case. All Erin is missing is a link to Justin Timberlake's Twitter apology, where the artist wrote that "we are all one...a human race," after being accused of cultural appropriation (at the very least, Timberlake supported Williams' speech).
Smith then inevitably made matters worse on the petition by updating it with another message.
"A special note to all the people making assumptions: Who said I was white? Who said I'm a Trump supporter? This is not about politics. This is about equal consequences for racist behavior. If this was an Asian, Mexican, Caucasian or whoever saying the same exact words as Jesse Williams did, I would be against it and petitioned them to be fired if they did not suffer the same consequences as others have suffered for their irrational behavior. We're all human. Why not act that way? Instead of lashing out with immature and obnoxious name calling, do something about getting everyone to look at everyone in the same light. Make a difference!"
Well Smith, that's exactly what Williams was trying to do in his speech — encourage people to make a difference. If all you got from that was a "racist, hate speech against law enforcement and white people," then you obviously didn't get the message. Plus Shonda Rhimes, the creator and showrunner of Grey's Anatomy, is on Williams' side. But keep on thinking that this petition is going to work in your favor, beloved.