From the AP, via the Huffington Post:
Isaiah Washington, who came under fire after using an anti-gay slur, will appear in a public service announcement on behalf of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network.[...]I'm glad that he's doing this. Really.
Washington ran into trouble at the Golden Globe Awards in January after he used an anti-gay slur during a backstage press conference while denying he'd used it previously against "Grey's Anatomy" castmate T.R. Knight.
People magazine reported last October that Washington had allegedly used the slur during an on-set dustup with co-star Patrick Dempsey.
My only problem is that I've been tired of this story since January. Isaiah isn't a repeat offender like Ann Coulter or Don Imus. He's not constantly spewing this language, he's not donating money to Republicans, he's saying that we're out to destroy the family. He even played a convincing gay character on Spike Lee's Get on the Bus, about whom Keith Boykin had this to say:
Despite his politics, though, Washington's character is neither a sellout nor a closet case. In one scene we see him reading James Earl Hardy's popular black gay novel, B-Boy Blues; in another he explains, "White women still clutch their purses when I walk down the street." In a third he stands by his man, invoking James Baldwin and other black gay heroes as he defends his ex-lover from attack. Someone obviously drew on firsthand experience in creating these authentic depictions of black gay men.What really bothers me is how To Kill a Mockingbird the whole thing turned.