The petition calls Williams' acceptance speech at last month's BET Awards "racist, hate speech" against "law enforcement and white people".
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ showrunner Shonda Rhimes has laughed off a petition in the wake of Jesse Williams’ speech at the BET Awards that called for his character, Dr. Jackson Avery, to be removed from the show.
Last Sunday (June 26th), 34 year old Williams won BET’s Humanitarian Award and delivered a speech that sent the internet abuzz with its message about injustice, police brutality and cultural appropriation.
The speech went viral, with 3 million watching on a live Facebook stream and celebrities such as Justin Timberlake writing in praise of it soon afterwards. However, one Change.org user, Erin Smith, set up a petition calling Williams’ message “hate speech” against “law enforcement and white people” and called for him to be fired from ‘Grey’s Anatomy’.
He's accused of being racist against white people.
Jesse Williams made an empowering speech at the 2016 BET Awards last month, opening up about the real circumstances that still surround black culture to this day. However, more than 5,000 people have taken some of his comments to heart, branding him 'racist' and petitioning for him to be fired from 'Grey's Anatomy'.
Jesse Williams responds to Change.org petition
While no anti-white slurs were mentioned during the speech, many people still found themselves getting defensive about the subject matter Williams was bringing up; episodes of police brutality and cultural appropriation, for example. They have based their antipathy on the logic that, because Jesse Williams was giving a passionate and blunt talk about the racism that still exists against black people, he was in fact being racist himself.
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The actor has spoken about the powerful speech he delivered at Sunday’s BET Awards.
At Sunday’s BET Awards Jesse Williams was honoured with the Humanitarian Award for his work with the Black Lives Matter Movement. Accepting the award, the ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star gave a powerful and though provoking speech about racial issues, social justice and cultural appropriation, which soon spread online.
Jesse Williams has spoken about his BET Awards speech.
Talking about the speech to People magazine Williams said: "Words are only as good as the response to those words. But I'd like to think that I give people a sense that they are not alone." The 34-year-old said he believes addressing disparities in the education system is crucial to progress.
Timberlake said he was inspired by Williams’ passionate speech, but many thought the singer was speaking out of turn.
Singer Justin Timberlake faced backlash on Twitter Sunday evening, after he tweeted his thoughts on the speech actor Jesse Williams’ gave when he collected his Humanitarian Award at the 2016 BET Awards. Timberlake tweeted, “@iJesseWilliams tho… #Inspired #BET2016”, after hearing the speech, but his words caused some to call the singer out for appropriating black culture throughout his career.
Justin Timberlake angered some on Twitter after he responded to Jesse Williams’ BET Awards’ speech.
After Timberlake’s tweet, user Ernest Owens, responded: "So does this mean you're going to stop appropriating our music and culture? And apologize to Janet too. #BETAwards.” Owens’ response referenced Timberlake's 2004 Super Bowl performance during which he accidentally flashed Janet Jackson’s breast.
The actor won the event's Humanitarian Award.
Jesse Williams has hit headlines this morning after a rousing speech about racism at the 2016 Bet Awards last night ((June 26th 2016). The 'Grey's Anatomy' was at the Black Entertainment Television event to pick up his Humanitarian Award for his work with civil rights groups.
Jesse Williams gives rousing racism speech
The actor talked about the racism that still occurs across the world in 2016, particularly in US police departments. He slammed cultural appropriation and drew the audience's attention to the other people out there working to make the lives of black people fairer and erase discrimination.
Jesse Williams at the 2016 BET Awards. The actor and model won the prestigious humanitarian award and used his acceptance speech to highlight a number of issues including the importance of equality. The Microsoft Theater L.A Live, Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 27th June 2016
Soon there will be three.
Jesse Williams, the star of hit medical drama Grey's Anatomy, is expecting his first child with his wife, Aryn Drake-Lee, Us Weekly reports. The couple have been together for over six years now and finally tied the knot in September 2012.
Williams Is Expecting His First Child, Due Soon.
The baby is due this December, claims a source purportedly close to the actor who also revealed that Aryn's baby shower was held in Brooklyn on the 29th September.
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Cecil Gaines is a modest and dedicated butler at the White House who manages to make for himself a respectable career despite his underprivileged upbringing and cotton farm roots. Starting out as a regular kitchen worker, Cecil soon proves himself to be extremely proficient and works his way up to be the head butler for eight different US presidents. Some of them prove to be discriminatory, treating Cecil with little respect and holding massively differing views to him, but he always remains polite and does everything within his power to care for his employers while keeping any top secret information that he might hear firmly to himself. Meanwhile, he struggles at home with his son; a Black Panther with aggressive views on racial equality who is less than grateful to have a father working for the people that he believes are causing racial oppression.
This story of loyalty and unconditional dedication is based on the true story of Eugene Allen; a butler who similarly lived through years of racial inequality before finally seeing, in his retirement, the election of the first black President, Barack Obama. His story was documented in the article 'A Butler Well Served by This Election' written by Wil Haygood. 'The Butler' has been directed by Lee Daniels ('The Paperboy', 'Precious', 'Shadowboxer') and co-written by Danny Strong ('Game Change', 'Recount') and will be released in the US on August 16th 2013.
Cecil Gains is a devoted White House butler who grew up on a simple cotton farm where he and other black workers were not treated with any respect by their white counterparts. From a simple kitchen worker, he rises to be top butler to eight different presidents over the course of more than 30 years. Sworn to secrecy over the goings on at the White House, he serves the likes of Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Lyndon B. Johnson with all the care that he has in spite of their differing policies and the suppression of his race across the country. He rejects his freedom fighter son's distaste at Cecil's job and never once wavers in his respect for his government. He merely stands back, silver platter in hand and watches the progression of racial equality until the day the country's first black president is finally inaugurated.
This is a story about loyalty and commitment based on the article by Wil Haygood, 'A Butler Well Served by This Election', about Eugene Allen; a real butler who showed his devotion to his job over the course of three decades while he and his fellow black civilians went from being the underdogs to top dog as he lives to see the election of President Barack Obama. It has been directed by Lee Daniels ('The Paperboy', 'Precious', 'Shadowboxer') and co-written by Danny Strong ('Game Change', 'Recount'), and has an incredible all-star ensemble cast. 'The Butler' is set to his theatres in the US on August 16th 2013.
Taking a break from her pre-med studies, Dana (Connolly) heads off to a mountain cabin with her flatmate Jules (Hutchison), their stoner pal Marty (Kranz) and Jules' muscle-jock boyfriend Curt (Hemsworth), who has invited his friend Holden (Williams) as a possible date for Dana. But they have no idea that two sardonic businessmen (Jenkins and Whitford) are managing an elaborate underground operation during which they are manipulating everything about the cabin. And it starts to become clear that, to save the world, all five young people must die in the correct order.
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