Newsweek has an interview with Isaiah Washington this week, and in it Isaiah of course addresses the "Greys Anatomy" controversy that led to his firing. And while he says he regrets getting into an argument with Patrick Dempsey and then referring to castmate TR Knight as a "faggot", he says the real reason he was fired is because he's not some mush-mouthed negro. Instead he's a 6-foot-1 black man with dark skin and who doesn't go around saying "Yessah, massa sir" and "No sir, massa" to everyone. Newsweek says:
"Patrick and I had a philosophical disagreement that got out of hand and that I regret a great deal," Washington says."I said a lot of negative things that were never reported, but there was one word that caught everyone’s attention, particularly someone who wasn’t even in the room with us. It was a fight between two men that shouldn’t have happened. But someone heard the booming voice of a black man and got really scared and that was the beginning of the end for me. I see that now, but I didn’t then.""I apologized and showed my remorse for what I said and for the pain I caused anyone,’’ says Washington. "If a black man can’t get forgiveness in this country, when so many other people like Robert Downey Jr. and the governor of California get second and third chances … I think that says a lot about race and this country where we stand." "Well, it didn’t help me on the set that I was a black man who wasn’t a mush-mouth Negro walking around with his head in his hands all the time. I didn’t speak like I’d just left the plantation and that can be a problem for people sometime," he says. "I had a person in human resources tell me after this thing played out that 'some people' were afraid of me around the studio. I asked her why, because I’m a 6-foot-1, black man with dark skin and who doesn’t go around saying ‘Yessah, massa sir’ and ‘No sir, massa’ to everyone? It’s nuts when your presence alone can just scare people, and that made me a prime candidate to take the heat in a dysfunctional family.’’"My mistake was believing that I would get the support from my network and all of my cast mates across the board. My mistake was believing I could correct a wrong with honesty and sincerity. My mistake was thinking black people get second chances," he says. "I was wrong on all fronts."
I wish there were black people in Hollywood who were mush mouthed and went around saying "Yessah massa". Because that would be funny. I'd also like to see a bucktoothed Chinese guy with big thick glasses and an Italian guy with his shirt unbuttoned and he's got big gold medallions and mirrored sunglasses and he's tossing pizza dough into the air. And his mom shakes a rolling pin at him and says, "why you breaka you mamas heart!". A super racist Hollywood just sounds a lot more entertaining.