Isaiah

UPDATE – So Isaiah has apologized for his use of the f-word at the Golden Globes on Monday night.  I think that’s fair and should be accepted by the gay mafia who called for his head on a stick.  Like I said in the beginning, that’s not acceptable.

However, I did notice that Washington didn’t admit to using the f-word pre-Golden Globes…Afterall, he said he didn’t do it and I am glad that he is sticking to it.

And Isaiah, if you want to meet with gays and lesbians to "heal the wounds," then might I suggest that you start with your own people and meet with the Black gay leadership.  I know it’s almost hard to believe there is one since the gay mafia has succeeded thus far in putting a white face to all things gay, but we are here and that’s where I would start if I were you.

At the end of the day for me, this was all a witch hunt.  Now that they’ve gotten their apology, let’s see the gay mafia go after one of their own, Charles Knipp a.k.a. Shirley Q. Liquor who likes to dress in blackface and mock African Americans for the pleasure of guess who, other gays…I won’t hold my breathe.

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This really reminds of 1876 in the Deep South, when a white woman would scream rape at the hands of a Black man, and that Black man was then dragged out of his home into the middle of the night and beaten and lynched by an angry white mob without any proof or evidence, just the word of his accuser.  Since when are people guilty until proven innocent?

Paging O.J. Simpson, paging Mr. Simpson…

There’s an ensuing controversy around alleged remarks made by “Grey’s Anatomy” star Isaiah Washington towards gay co-actor T.R. Knight.

Tabloids reported that Washington used a homophobic slur in referring to  gay co-star T.R. Knight. According to the National Enquirer, Washington was griping to Dempsey about Knight being late to the set when things between them became heated. It culminated in Washington reportedly choking Dempsey and barking: “I’m not your little fa**ot like T.R.!”

In the press room of the Golden Globes Monday night in Beverly Hills, the entire cast appeared on the stage to field questions. They were inevitably asked to comment on the status of things in the wake of the on-set dust-up. Before show creator Shonda Rhimes could answer, Washington grabbed the mic and blurted out: “No, I did not call T.R. a fa**ot.”

Backstage at the Golden Globes, when a question was asked about the altercation over, Washington reportedly snapped: "No, I did not call T.R. a faggot. It never happened."

According to the Hollywood Reporter, “the crowd gasped, and the rest of the press briefing was spent watching Sandra Oh trying to keep Knight from bolting the platform as he clearly was miffed by the comment.”   In fact, not only was he miffed, he went straight to the "Ellen" show to tell his side of the story and basically called Washington a liar.

I knew it wasn’t going to be long before the gays attacked Washington for his alleged remarks, because until Washington says otherwise, that’s all they are.

And sure enough, here comes the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) to the rescue of who else… but Knight.

GLAAD is now demanding an apology from Washington for his using the f-word twice in the past four months to describe Knight.      

In a statement to TMZ, GLAAD President Neil Giuliano said: "When Isaiah Washington uses this kind of anti-gay slur – whether on set or in front of the press – it does more than create a hostile environment for his castmates and the crew of ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’ It also feeds a climate of hatred and intolerance that contributes to putting our community in harm’s way. Washington’s repeated use of it on-set and in the media is simply inexcusable."      

GLAAD says it has reached out to Washington in hopes that he will agree to meet with them and discuss his actions.    

"We want to sit down with him and give him an opportunity to raise public awareness about the destructive impact of these kinds of anti-gay slurs,” added Giuliano. “Over the past four months Washington has become part of a significant problem of anti-gay prejudice in this country. He now has opportunity to be part of the solution."

Note to Washington: You don’t owe anyone anything.  If you didn’t say you didn’t say it then don’t let these white, and yes, I said white, gays force you into admitting to something that you did not do.

I know Isaiah Washington from his support of independent Black film. For the past seven years I have been the publicist for the Pan African Film and Arts Film Festival in Los Angeles where every year Washington participates in the twelve-day festival.

As a Black lesbian, I have never felt any indifference from Washington towards gays.

But that’s not the point.

The point is, this Black man has been tried and found guilty without any proof or admission from himself.  The point is, that we are more likely to believe the white gay man over the Black man.  The point is, that until Washington says otherwise he is innocent and GLAAD and all the other defenders of white gays need to step the f**k off, and yes I said it just like that.

I can almost hear it now.

“Oh he must have said it because he’s Black and you know all Black people are homophobes.”

I’d be a fool to put the words of some guy that I don’t even know, over the words of a much respected Black actor like Isaiah Washington.  As a Black lesbian, he has more credibility with me than any of them.

GLAAD, you want to defend Knight?  Well trust and believe that there are both Blacks and gays that will defend Washington and I am one of them.

As of now, it’s his word against Knight’s and I am not buying into the “I’m a victim” routine.

I didn’t see GLAAD running to the rescue of Black gays when Michael Richards used the n-word.  I didn’t see a statement from GLAAD urging Richards to apologize for using the n-word towards Blacks.  I don’t see GLAAD issuing statements urging the City of West Hollywood and gay nightclub The Factory to ban the performance of racially offensive white gay comedian Charles Knipp, whose character Shirley Q. Liquor he describes as an “inarticulate Black woman on welfare with 19 kids.”  Here you have a white gay guy who promotes negative racial stereotypes of Blacks and is scheduled to perform during Black History Month in L.A.’s gay Mecca West Hollywood and a few blocks from GLAAD’s L.A. office. 

So you ask yourself what’s worse, the accusation that Washington is calling someone the f-word.  Or the concrete proof of a white gay man using negative stereotypes of Blacks for his own personal punch lines and making a profit off it?

And I am not arguing that Washington is innocent, he very well could be guilty, however, there’s no proof that he ever said that to Knight, at least none that’s come to light except for Knight’s accusations.  So it’s unfair for gay America to persecute Washington without all of the facts.

It’s true Washington used the word f-word backstage at the Golden Globes, and like the n-word, that word should never be used in any context, especially at a press conference, but that’s not what this is about.  This is about an alleged comment that was made pre-Golden Globes.  His use of the word f-word at the press conference is just being used to validate their argument that he also used the word towards Knight and to push their agenda.

What I see is another Black man being used by a group of people unfairly.

And so, as a Black lesbian, I dare GLAAD or anyone to call me a homophobe and tell me that I am being unfair.

If you can take Knight’s word without having all of the facts then I can take Washington’s.

So, who are you going to believe?

Isaiah, we’ll see you at the Pan African Film Festival next month and keep your head up.