Isaiah Washington‘s anti-hate PSA is set to officially premiere during ABC’s two-hour block of Grey’s Anatomy tonight. The brief spot is his penance for calling his Grey’s Anatomy co-star T.R. Knight a "faggot" on set and then again using the epithet at the Golden Globes to deny that he ever said it in the first place. TMZ has obtained an early look at the spot, which you can watch here.
What do we learn from the 20-second spot? Basically that the old "sticks and stones" adage is meaningless in 2007. Isaiah’s just going through the motions here, saying what he’s supposed to say ("When you use words that demean a person because of their sexual orientation, race or gender, you send a message of hate. A very powerful message."). Talking for the sake of saving face is no way to convince anyone of the power of words.
Isaiah’s message would have been more powerful had it been direct: "I should have never called my gay co-star a ‘faggot.’ That was rude and uncivilized." But then he would have forced people to deal with just how brutal words can be — and a resulting public outcry would have been the likely result. That’s life in our post-Imus, politically correct United States. Ain’t it grand? [TMZ.com / Image credit: Getty]