Isaiah Washington's public service announcement for GLAAD "came out" recently.
Personally, I'm still a little dubious of Mr. Washington's motives. In all honesty, I think what really happened is that he let fly with a "faggot" comment in the heat of an argument and wasn't expecting the backlash that ensued. I know we've all said things in anger that we haven't really meant...
As was pointed out earlier this week in Jerame's open thread question, homophobia in language remains a part of the American vernacular - and largely unchallenged. You can still hear relatively educated folks using terms from "queer," "faggot," or "fag" to the ubiquitous "That's so gay!" I'd imagine that Isaiah didn't give it a second thought until it blew up in the tabloids and mainstream media. And, you know, I'd also think he is truly sorry for his mistake (and subsequent attempt to cover his own ass). I know from my own life that accepting responsibility is the hardest lesson to learn, and Isaiah had that reinforced in a very public manner.
In other related news, lesbian blogger Jasmyne Cannick left Wednesday for a trip to Sierra Leone with Isaiah that will focus on providing humanitarian relief to the people in the war ravaged country. Washington had his DNA tested and the results revealed his heritage comes from the area.
So what do you think? Legitimate apology? Lip service? Just a good promo for GLAAD? Or is this just what you do when you get out of rehab? (Someone tell Britney, stat!)