BY ADEDIWURA OKELEYE
Erin Smith, the writer of the petition calling for the firing of Jesse Williams from Shonda Rhimes‘ Grey’s Anatomy has called for the complete boycott of ABC, the television station that airs it after getting enraged by Shonda and Jesse’s response to the initial petition.
The writer updated the petition which has gotten nearly 25000 signatures recently.
Read the update below:
“Update: Unfortunately, a necessary escalation is warranted. Please sign the petition to fire Jesse Williams from Grey’s Anatomy AND boycott the entire ABC Network. Don’t forget to unlike all ABC programs/shows on Facebook pages, unfollow all on Twitter and separate from all social media that has anything to do with ABC, their shows, news, etc.
Explanation: Upon receiving a humanitarian award at the BET awards, Jesse Williams released a cascade of inappropriate, unprofessional and racist commentary against police officers and Caucasians. Had any one of his offensive words been said by any other race other than an African American, they would’ve been publicly shamed, fired from whatever job they had, lost endorsements, advertisers, etc. Shonda Rhimes praised Jesse’s speech on Twitter. This petition to fire Jesse Williams was created. Then, Shonda recently tweeted “Um, people? Boo don’t need a petition. #shondalandrules”.
This is a blatant slap in the face to the entire human race. Shonda not only praised him, but she condones his actions. Obviously, she has no intention of enforcing #EqualConsequences4RacistBehavior and chooses to be a hypocrite. She’s fired other people for less infractions. She chose to applaud Jesse’s tirade instead of taking affirmative action and neutralize the situation.
Jesse couldn’t issue a simple apology? A true “humanitarian” would never have created this situation to begin with, but at least he could’ve admitted to using his words poorly, apologized and rephrased so all of this could have gone away. I’m shocked that someone who wants equality would spew such divisive rhetoric. Jesse is dividing rather than unifying. Everyone should be encouraging Unity. Double standards should not exist. Apparently, Shonda thinks this is her world and she can do whatever she wants. Jesse’s rant only fuels racism and further divides Americans. All races must unify and take a stand against this.
I will not tolerate the blatant disrespect to all ethnicities. I will not stand by and watch this hypocrisy continue. I will not let this effect the future of our children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, friends, family, my neighbors and especially police officers. I’ve been “sitting down” too long. This time, Jesse needs to “sit down” and contemplate the violence he fostered against all races and police officers.
I am a long-time, loyal viewer of the ABC Network. I never miss Good Morning America or World News. I have been watching all of Shonda’s shows since day 1 and it kills me to make this stand, but it’s a necessary evil. It’s time to venture out and find new shows that are not on ABC. It will be hard, but it’s the only way to force them to make a change. Join me! Thank you for your continued support in stopping racism. #AllLivesMatter
Original explanation: 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
**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, Latino, 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 adult human beings. 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!”
Neither Jesse Williams nor ABC has commented on the recent update.