Bil Browning

There. Are we cool now?

Filed By Bil Browning | May 25, 2007 11:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: Britney Spears, faggot, GLAAD, homophobic behavior, Isaiah Washington, LGBT community, PSA, rehab, scandal, slurs

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!)


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I'm a fan of Isaiah's and I was really disappointed when this happened. I think he regrets what he did and I want to believe he is sorry. Time will tell. He did better job appologizing than most politicians at least.

I'm so over this, as I've posted before. Good God, let us all move on.

The PSA itself was painful to watch - but then again, all that simplistic "accept others" rhetoric is for me. It's like, yeah, that's the point of the movement, to express distaste for oppression and hope it goes away in a way that preserves privilege. *rolls eyes*

Whatevs. But at least you posted this, b/c I was about to myself, Bil, and I prolly wouldn't have been as nice as you were.

Jury is still out. He apologized and stuck his foot in it again once already. I guess I just have him on probation for 6 months to a year. I'll take the apology with a grain of salt, but keep a close eye out for a relapse.

A. J. Lopp | May 26, 2007 5:37 PM

The difference between Isaiah Washington and me is that Isaiah takes a deep breath and disingenuously eats ass because he found himself in a situation where his career depended on it --- and I take a deep breath and eat ass because I genuinely love to eat ass.

Could someone please explain to me why we're not believing his apology? I honestly can't see anything disingenuous about it, so like maybe I just need someone to point it out.

Are we just presuming that all apologies are illegitimate now?

A. J. Lopp | May 28, 2007 3:04 PM

Well, let's see ...

Bill Clinton apologized. Trent Lott apologized. Mel Gibson apologized. Mark Foley apologized. Joe Biden apologized. Jim McGreevey apologized. Gavin Newsome apologized. Tim Hardaway apologized. Isaiah apologized. Don Imus apologized ... and apologized ... and apologized.

And I apologize for the apologies that I've missed. (But remember: Ann Coulter didn't apologize.)

Yes, Alex, I think we've seen so many apologies in recent years that we've grown a bit cynical about all of them. It's unfortunate for those whose apologies are genuine, but it's true.

I think we are becoming, or have become, apology-numb. Maybe we can call it "apolo-sthesia" ... but if you have become weary of neologisms, I apologize for suggesting that.

A big portion of it for me is that he apologized, then said he didn't do it, then apologized again for the 1st time and apologized for the 2nd time while he was at it. It was the Paris Hilton defense... "Oops. I did something baaaaaad. Lookie! I dood it again! Tee Hee! Oops. I did something baaaaaaaad again, didn't I?"