GREY'S ANATOMY star Katherine Heigl is "grateful" for the furore which erupted after her co-star Isaiah Washington made a homophobic remark about their castmate T.R. KNIGHT last October (06).
Knight came out following an incident in which Washington is said to have called the 34-year-old a "faggot" during an on-set argument with Patrick Dempsey.
Washington went on to repeat his offensive comment at the Golden Globe Awards earlier this year (07).
But Heigl believes Washington's remark has now been turned into a positive to discourage prejudice.
She says, "I was ultimately grateful that it opened up a dialogue. To me, I wasn't making a political stand about hurting people's feelings.
"It's very simple in my mind. You do not actively seek to hurt other people's feelings. I don't care what their sexual orientation, race or gender is. We are all human beings, part of the human race, and we need to be compassionate and giving and kind with one another.
"Enough with the Michael Richards. Enough with the Mel Gibson. Enough with this. It's disgusting. The world is still very bigoted.
"Go see Borat. I didn't laugh during that movie. I cried. I was horrified."