Earlier today, there was news of a petition started by a woman named Erin Smith to get Jesse Williams fired from Grey's Anatomy for his "racist" speech at the BET Awards. Now Shonda Rhimes, the Grey's Anatomy showrunner, has responded. And guess what, she doesn't have time for all this nonsense.
Here's Williams accepting the Humanitarian Award at the BET Awards and making the speech that Smith finds so offensive.
Smith's petition reads:
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
Only an #AllLivesMatter person would call out someone whose race has been treated unjustly by white America for centuries for his "negative attitude." Smith's decision to start a petition to send to ABC makes little sense, considering: a.) Williams' speech wasn't racist, and b.) Shonda Rhimes is a black woman. As is Channing Dungey, the head of ABC.
Williams, who plays Dr. Jackson Avery on the show, also tweeted something alluding to Smith's misguided petition.
Actress Pernell Walker, who has been in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Empire Boardwalk, has created a counter-petition, aimed at making sure Jesse Williams stays on Grey's Anatomy. But don't worry, fans—he's not going anywhere. His speech was gold and so is he. Someone should start a petition forcing petition-maker Smith to take a seat and not say anything at all until she can promise it won't be something dumb. However long that may take.