Los Angeles: "Grey's Anatomy" creator Shonda Rhimes has shut down people, who filed a petition seeking to get Jesse Williams fired from the medical drama series following his speech at BET Awards.
"Um, people? Boo don't need a petition. #shondalandrules," Rhimes tweeted without directly mentioning the online campaign.
Um, people? Boo don't need a petition. #shondalandrules
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) July 5, 2016
Williams, who plays Dr Jackson Avery on the show, received the Humanitarian Award at BET Awards last month and has said, "We're done watching and waiting while this invention called whiteness uses and abuses us, burying black people out of sight and out of mind while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment like oil - black gold, ghettoizing and demeaning our creations then stealing them, gentrifying our genius and then trying us on like costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit."
In the petition on Change.org, Williams was accused of being racist against white people during his BET speech.
"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 read.
"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."
Earlier when Jesse Williams had made the speech, Rhime had tweeted the following.
In woods. Far from wifi. Get signal! What'd I miss? "Just because we're magic doesn't mean we're not real." @iJesseWilliams' speech. YES.
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) June 28, 2016
With inputs from PTI
First Published On : Jul 6, 2016 14:27 IST