A gay and lesbian advocacy group demanded an apology Wednesday from “Grey’s Anatomy” co-star Isaiah Washington for comments made following the Golden Globe Awards.
During a backstage interview Monday, Washington denied involvement in a heated on-set incident last year during which an anti-gay slur was reportedly uttered.
“No, I did not call (co-star) T.R. (Knight) a faggot,” Washington told reporters. “Never happened, never happened.”
On Wednesday, Neil Giuliano, president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, said he had contacted Washington’s representatives in hopes of meeting the actor to discuss “the destructive impact of these kinds of anti-gay slurs.”
“Washington’s repeated use of it on-set and in the media is simply inexcusable,” Giuliano said in a statement.
So if Washington ends up apologizing (and he should, but not because GLAAD told him to), would it be genuine, considering it was ordered? Aren’t apologies supposed to be heartfelt? If initiated by a third party, are they not baseless? It’s like your mother making you apologize for something when you were little.
And why is GLAAD interjecting itself into a pointless backstage brouhaha? I’m gay, and I’m not offended. Maybe because I don’t watch the show. Maybe because I don’t care what one B-list star says to another. Let them sort it out.
Frankly, I’m tired of these indignation councils. They serve no real purpose except to publicize what we already know, such as it’s wrong to call someone “faggot.” GLAAD should find a better way to spend its time and resources than simply pointing out the obvious, megaphone in tow.
Here’s my prediction: Washington will issue a scripted apology, vetted by the show’s producers, and agree to some sort of sensitivity training sanctioned by GLAAD, from which he’ll emerge more embittered than ever against homosexuals.