Producer Shonda Rhimes gives her support to actor Jesse Williams following the petition to fire him in “Grey’s Anatomy” after his controversial acceptance speech in BET Awards. Her support further escalated the call to fire Jessie Williams. Now the petition wants people to boycott ABC Network.
The 46-year-old showrunner for “Grey’s Anatomy” defended what Jesse Williams said in his speech where he tackled the Black Lives Matter movement as well as the sensationalism of the black culture.
After his speech, which has garnered mixed reactions, a call to fire the actor, who plays as Dr. Jackson in Grey’s Anatomy, has been petitioned in Change.org, Los Angeles Times said in a report.
According to the petition, Jesse Williams implied racism versus law enforcement as well as to the white people in 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,” the petition reads. “There’s been no companies making a stand against his racist remarks and no swift action condemning his negative attitude.”
The petition has now garnered about 7, 000 signatures since July 1.
Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes took to Twitter to show support to the actor from racist issue, as she tweeted a part of Jesse Williams’ speech, “Just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real.”
After a couple of days since the petition began, Shonda Rhimes tweeted again, “Um, people? Boo don’t need a petition. #shondalandrules.”
Meanwhile, Jesse Williams seemed not to mind the ongoing petition against him to be fired in Grey’s Anatomy.
“Do not promote empty people & their tantrums,” he said in his tweet. “Pure click bait to gain followers, attention & money, for themselves, not you. Never you.”
Acccording to those behind the petition, Shonda Rhimes chose to be a hypocrite. “She chose to applaud Jesse’s tirade instead of taking affirmative action and neutralize the situation,” the petitioners said.