Three weeks after he was fired from Grey’s Anatomy for choking Patrick Dempsey and calling T.R. McKnight a “faggot” (both incidents occurred on set), Isaiah Washington tells Newsweek he was fired not because he was a violent, bigoted douchebag, but because he was black. Here are a few excerpts from the interview:
I apologized and showed my remorse for what I said and for the pain I caused anyone. If a black man can’t get forgiveness in this country, when so many other people like Robert Downey Jr. and the governor of California get second and third chances … I think that says a lot about race and this country where we stand.”
“Well, it didn’t help me on the set that I was a black man who wasn’t a mush-mouth Negro walking around with his head in his hands all the time. I didn’t speak like I’d just left the plantation and that can be a problem for people sometime. I had a person in human resources tell me after this thing played out that ‘some people’ were afraid of me around the studio. I asked her why, because I’m a 6-foot-1, black man with dark skin and who doesn’t go around saying ‘Yessah, massa sir’ and ‘No sir, massa’ to everyone?”
“My mistake was believing that I would get the support from my network and all of my cast mates across the board. My mistake was believing I could correct a wrong with honesty and sincerity. My mistake was thinking black people get second chances. I was wrong on all fronts.”
Ok, so here’s the thing. Regardless of what color you are, I dare you to get up from your desk right now and choke your nearest co-worker. Then when you’re done, point to one of the gay dudes in your office and scream as loud as you can that he’s a “faggot.” Make sure everyone sees and hears you do all this. If my calculations are right, not only would you get fired, but I’d say you’d have about two minutes before you get tasered and dragged out to the parking lot for the stoning.
Watch Isaiah lie about what he did after the jump.
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