Friday, January 26, 2007

This whole Isaiah Washington thing is totally gay

If you have just returned from some place that doesn’t have the internet or don’t give two fucks about celebrity bullshit, you have no idea what I’m talking about. That’s good. You are a good person. I envy you. I envy you because I read all those ridiculous celebrity blogs written by annoying Queens who make a living ripping on some dumb actresses’ bad choice in eye glitter.

I read them because they’re a good quick read, they’re funny and it gives me something to talk about when with other people who read this crap. I’ve always believed that if you have something in common with everyone, you can get along with anyone. Or something like that. That’s how I’m justifying it anyway.

Anyway, if you’ve just returned from Iraq where you were hunting for the real culprits of 911, you wouldn’t know anything about the Isaiah Washington fiasco that is currently gripping America. Here’s what went down:

Washington, who stars on Grey’s Anatomy, called one of the other actors a “faggot” during an on-set argument. That subsequently forced the actor out of the closet and made Washington look like a grade ‘A’ asshole. He then couldn’t keep his mouth shut, denied he said it and then farted out a bunch of bullshit that made him look even worse.

I don’t watch Grey’s Anatomy, or Grey’s Sexcademy, as I like to call it. It’s a sucky show about humping doctors that brain dead morons watch to get a tingle in their nether regions. I’m all for humping (that’s what it will say on my tombstone), but this show is just lame. If you like it, good for you, but pornos have better plots and acting I’m sure.

Washington sounds like a dickhead. From all accounts, he’s a hot head and anyone who would react this way has got some issues. Especially since he works in Hollywood where an actor being gay is probably as common as wearing socks. If you work in movies or TV, pissing off the gays is like going to a NASCAR race in a turban, handing out anti-American literature. It won’t end in a good way.

So all the celebrity bloggers, who just happen to be fat, homely Queens, are all over this guy’s ass; calling for him to be fired and ripping him all kinds of new assholes. Oddly enough, no one is saying they will stop watching the show. I think that would really do some damage, but I guess they need their bad TV just like the rest of us. But they want blood and are doing everything in their power to get it.

But then I started thinking about it: people are really freaking out about this and for why? Is this really about someone calling another person a “faggot” or does it go deeper than that? I would agree that calling someone a faggot in this case is bad. The guy’s sexual preference shouldn’t be a factor here. If there’s an issue at the work place, where someone puts their pecker should never be a concern. So why are the gays so pissed off about Isaiah Washington?

Race baby. Race.

This is all about race. The Isaiah Washington fiasco has reached shrill, shrieking proportions simply because he’s black.

I will be the first one to call bullshit on someone playing the race card so you know I’m not a weak-willed, white guilt liberal looking to spread the good word by enabling some trumped up racist claim. The funny thing is, no one has brought this up in this case. They’ve let Washington twist in the wind and I’m frankly surprised.

I guess what he did was pretty bad. “Outing” the guy was kind of uncool. I would think if you were gay, you would like to pick the time and place of your coming out. Having some jerk yelling it across a soundstage for the celebrity obsessed world to hear is probably not his cup of tea. That was uncool. But after that, the actor went on Ellen’s show and she told him “how brave he was.” What? Really? Brave huh? I’m not really seeing how this guy is so brave for going through this. He gets paid a lot of money to act in a world that, behind the scenes, is very supportive of his orientation. There are far more people that have endured far worse punishment, physical and emotional, for their sexuality than this guy. Did it scare him because a big scary black guy said it to him?

I think that’s where this stems from. Black people have the “N” word. The “N” word is nigger in case you didn’t know. I personally don’t say the “N” word because I do find it offensive. I know black people (and most white people) find it offensive so I don’t use it. But a lot of black people do use it and I think the majority of the gay community, who have been maligned through hip hop and various aspects of black culture, feel like this is a way of striking back. Listen to any hip hop album and homos are constantly derided and “faggot” is used as a way to put people down. My guess is that Isaiah Washington opened his mouth and our gay brethren saw fit to cram decades of resentment down his throat.

The racial aspect of this is disturbing because it ceases to be about calling someone a nasty name based on who they are. It suddenly becomes a political issue where people are not considering that one asshole ran his mouth, but indicting a whole group of people simply because they’ve got momentum and want to intimidate anyone from saying something like it again. That’s fine, but shouldn’t you want people to stop saying it because they have learned that it’s wrong? Or is the out come that they’ll get fired enough? While one is harder to achieve, the other creates resentment and lasting bad vibes.

The only reason Mel Gibson wasn’t run out of Hollywood is that he makes tons of money. I’m sure there’s a Jewish guy or four that have a hand in helping Mel’s movies to the big screen. He said all the right things, but really if he didn’t make money, no one would have dealt with him ever again. Isaiah Washington doesn’t have the luxury of being Mel Gibson. He’s just a no name actor that no one ever heard of until this incident. Maybe this is good for him in the long run. Currently he went to “rehab” for his problem and will return to his hit show loving the gay life I’m sure.

Washington deserves most of the shit he’s getting but overall it just stinks of a racially motivated occasion for some payback. I for one think that’s a cycle you will never be able to pull out of.

So I’ll still read the bitchy celebrity blogs, but now I see them in a different light. As if it wasn’t bad enough that they all love that fucking lame hack Madonna, now they gotta play the Gay card against the Race card. And that’s a card game I never want to see.



J Reidy said...

i moved this from where it was posted:

Hargrove said...


I heard that Isaiah Washington is in treatment to examine why he used the word faggot. Let me answer for him, and I don’t need treatment to do it. I can answer this question without introspection. In fact, I can answer for him, without even knowing him, and without even speaking to him . . . Isaiah Washington used the word faggot, because he is an American!

I challenge anyone to show me an American, over the age of fifteen, who has not used the word faggot, or at least acquiesced to the use of that word by others. Faggot is to men what bitch is to women, whenever an American wants to challenge the quality, not preference, of a man or woman, those words fly . . .

Faggot is so commonly used in America until a popular question-and-answer newspaper column, The Straight Dope, printed the following question from a reader, "How did faggot get to mean male homosexual?". Using the word that Isaiah Washington cannot, even if it is to say that he did not, The Straight Dope gave the following answer: "The first known published use of the word faggot or fag to refer to a male homosexual appeared in 1914 in the U.S. It referred to a homosexual ball where the men were dressed in drag and called them "fagots (sissies)." Ernest Hemingway, in The Sun Also Rises (1926), included the line, "You're a hell of a good guy, and I'm fonder of you than anybody on earth. I couldn't tell you that in New York. It'd mean I was a faggot." A 1921 cite says, "Androgynes [are] known as 'fairies,' 'fags,' or 'brownies.'"
Even on the homosexual website, Americablog, the word Isaiah Washington cannot say, is abundantly used. Indeed, even John Aravosis, the homosexual correspondent to Americablog, used it in two of his articles. Of interest was the fact that he used it in the same manner that African-Americans use the word nigger.

Who knew that you cannot say faggot to say that you did not call someone that? But Isaiah was put on notice that he can’t, and to make sure he understands it, he had to publicly infer that he is a liar, a bigot, and mentally challenged too . . . And then he had to go and visit the homosexuals and eat humble pie with them. After that he was summarily banished to a treatment facility.

But before “ABC told Isaiah Washington that he must enter a program to examine why he would say such hateful words,” Glenn Beck used the same word disparagingly on air, but ABC told him, you’re hired! After saying faggot, in a mean way, in front of a television audience, Glenn Beck not only gets to keep his job at CNN, he gets another one at ABC as a commentator for Good Morning America, and he’s not even inconvenienced by criticism.

Then there’s the matter of Ann Coulter calling Vice President Al Gore a “total fag,” and former President Bill Clinton a “latent homosexual” while appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman on MSNBC. Nobody sought to lighten her pocketbook, and she wasn’t steered toward a mental health facility either. And while the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) demanded, and got, an apology and a meeting with Isaiah Washington, they made no demands of Beck and Coulter, settling instead to ask the networks to regulate the use of the word on air, and they got nothing for their effort, not even a promises or an apology.

How is it that the same ABC, that put Isaiah’s job at issue for using faggot, in a good way, in an interview, hired Glenn Beck after he used the same word, in a bad way, on air? And why would GLAAD come after Isaiah with balled fist, while tap dancing, lightly, around the issue where Ann Coulter and Glenn Beck are concerned? The answer is that things are not what they seem. Isaiah Washington is not being punished for using the word faggot, he’s being punished for stepping out of, what some people believe to be, a black man’s place.

Consider the challenge contained in the question articulated by the comedian Richard Preyer, "Who do you trust, me or your lying eyes?" Do our eye deceive us when we see everyone getting a pass on the use of faggot except for the one African American who may not have ever used it to denigrate anyone? Are we so desensitized that we cannot see that ABC, Isaiah’s colleagues, and the media have ganged up on him to, for once and for all, finish the fight between Isaiah and Patrick Dempsey in Patrick Dempsey’s favor . . .

Isaiah Washington is a perfect example of the type of event where an African American claims racism, and the chorus of denial proclaims in unison, “did all of those people get together and conspire against you . . .” That usually silences the victim who exits, wounded, and without justice. When the answer to that lame manipulation should be a resounding yes! Yes it was a conspiracy, but not of the mind. It was a conspiracy of the heart . . .

The heart reflects our deepest beliefs. Jesus said, “Out of the mouth pours the abundance of the heart . . .” If one believes, at their core, in the subordination of black people, they will support a position that accomplishes it, and they won’t have to be asked to do it. Consider Martin Lee Anderson, a young boy enrolled in a boot camp program who complained of breathing difficulties and collapsed while doing push-ups. The guards collectively attacked him, without any discussion. The nurse who was a witness did not intervene nor did she offer any assistance when he was in physical distress, without any discussion. Finally, a doctor conjured up a cause of death that exonerated everyone, without any discussion . . .

Rumor has it that Isaiah Washington confronted Patrick Dempsey because he was offended by Patrick’s reaction when he asked to go forward with their performance before T. R. Knight arrived. As an outgrowth of the conflict, Isaiah is reputed to have used the word faggot.

Whatever the truth is about the incident, it was always reported as Isaiah’s fault. If there was any inappropriate touching, he did it. If any words were spoken that should not have been said, it was him. All of the reporting favored Dempsey, and some of the reporting exceeded the rumors, and disintegrated to calling Isaiah names like “potty mouth”. It must have seemed like a divine opportunity, to set the record straight, when somebody finally asked him if he called T. R. Knight a faggot.

Isaiah answered, but he quickly learned that he is forbidden to defend himself. Unless, of course, he is willing to forfeit his pay check . . . Who can believe that a man would say, “I did not call T. R. Knight a faggot,” one day, and the next day, “voluntarily” say, that he used the word faggot twice, and then praise his purported “victim’s” “courage throughout this entire episode...” Sounds like he’s repudiating what he previously said, but is he really?

Isaiah Washington was virtually used as a prop for the story that he called T. R. Knight a faggot. He was given words to say that confirm that he previously used the word faggot. He was sent to gays as their poster boy for the word faggot as politically incorrect. Then his use of the word was defined as something “treatable.” Meanwhile T. R. Knight trots down to the Ellen Degeneres Show, purportedly to confirm what Washington denied, but it was all smoke and mirrors that obscured the fact that no one, including T. R., said that they personally know that Isaiah call T. R. Knight a faggot

When T. R. Knight was on the Ellen Degeneres Show, he said, Isaiah “referred to me as a faggot” But when Ellen tried to get him to say that he personally knew that, “So you’re around the corner and you hear this?” T. R. dodged the question by changing the subject, saying “It’s an awesome word, isn’t it?” revealing that he does not know what Isaiah said. Further evidence of this is his description of who knows, “my friends on the set knew. We talked about it. They knew.” Notice that he does not include himself as knowing. Directly after Isaiah’s denial, the show’s creator, Shonda Rhimes, said “things were created in a very odd way by the press that were not necessarily completely reported as true." Her remarks clearly don’t sound like she just heard a lie come out of Isaiah’s mouth. But lack of personal knowledge and general confusion about what was said, did not stop T. R. from applying enormous effort to make the story stick, including fabricating Isaiah’s behavior, to justify treating it as a lie, “yeah he denied that he said it (faggot).” Why would T. R. say that Isaiah denied using the word faggot, when he knows what we all know, namely, that Isaiah did not deny using the word faggot, he denied that he called T. R. Knight a faggot . . . Perhaps Knight’s misstatement reflects what is known as evidence of consciousness of guilt.

Notice that no one at ABC is saying that Isaiah’s denial was a lie, they merely said that his denial resulted in him using the word faggot twice. For as much crow as ABC is forcing Isaiah to eat, they would not leave anything insulting out that they are licensed to say. Namely, if they knew that Isaiah’s denial was a lie, they would have said so. Nevertheless the words they have caused Isaiah to say, and the gag they have put on him against defending himself, and T. R.’s misleading comments on the Ellen show, create the false impression that Isaiah Washington called T. R. Knight a faggot and then lied about it . . .

The power of definition is the power to determine how another is defined. In matters of race, many whites feel privileged to determine how a person of African descent will be perceived. The folks at ABC acquiesced to the press labeling Isaiah as a bigot, but they revealed their investment in retaining him in that status when they prevented him from setting the record straight, while asserting a new standard for a bigot, one who uses the word faggot, in any context . . .

Even small children know that African Americans are socially vulnerable. When my daughter was four, she told me that at nap time several white girls came to her and announce, “We’re white.” My daughter wanted to know why they told her that, and I said, “it is because they expect people who are darker than they are to behave as though they believe that they are special. You did not do that, so they thought that you did not recognize the color of their skin.”
There are so many questions raised by the reality of racism in American culture, but in order to maintain the status quo, those questions are not asked. For example, there’s very little curiosity about why so many white criminals claim that a black person committed their crimes. The benefit of doing that must be readily known in American culture since, even 12-year old Christopher Pittman, under the pressure of killing his grandparents and burning down their house, thought to say, a black man did it . . . Some people say that anyone who would make that claim is a racist, but I say that they are simply trying to save their own skin, by holding out the people, who they know to be, the preferred culprits. Introducing a black person into a crime, causes racist to forget everything that they know except their racial beliefs. When that happens, the obvious suspects are allowed to hide behind the chaos.

T. R. Knight tells us that the events surrounding the incident between Isaiah and Patrick caused him to come out. Meaning, he decided to tell people that he has a characteristic that some of them may not like. Perhaps if Isaiah had that luxury, he wouldn’t have been publicly humiliated, alienated from his castmates and banished to treatment . . .

What, besides racial privilege, would inspire Katherine Heigl to assume an authoritative posture toward a grown man, who is at least her equal, that presumes to tell him when he should speak, “he needs to just not speak in public. Period!” And what delusions of power, besides the expectation of support from a racist culture, would inspire a small woman to threaten a large man in a way that suggests that she can physically overpower him. “I will beat you up. I will use every ounce of energy I have to take you down . . ..”

It is no wonder she can maintain these illusions when Isaiah is left gagged and shackles by slander, indignity, betrayal, insults, ridicule, humiliation and threats of impoverishment, while the white homosexual “victim” is buoyed by accolades, forced out of the mouth of Isaiah, like “tremendous character” “talent” “a person in high esteem . . .”

In all of my years in America, and there are a lot of them, I’ve never seen a black person held so high as T. R. following a complaint of racism, nor have I seen a white person brought so low as Isaiah Washington, as retribution for racist behavior. Even when Oprah, the supposed sweetheart of America, got locked out of Hermes Paris while in France, and was insulted to her face by a clerk, American media challenged her version of events and as much as told her to get a grip.

Even though men make up almost half of the population and African-Americans make up only 12.5 percent of the population, in a google search, the word faggot appears 3,240,000 times, while the word nigger appears 3,820,000. Since there are more than 4 times the opportunities to refer to men as faggots (-50% of the population) as there are opportunities to refer to people of African descent as nigger (+12.5% of the population) the number of times the word nigger appears should at least be multiplied by 4, making the relative number of times nigger would be used on google, if the number of African-Americans in the population were equal to that of men, as 15,280,000 compared to 3,240,000 for the word faggot. If the use of these words on google is representative to how they are used in American culture, it would mean that for every time the word faggot is used the word nigger is used five times. And when one considers that faggot is applied to straight men more often than it is applied to gay men, while nigger almost always is applied to people of African descent, the relative frequency of the use of the word nigger is probably understated.

The gang at Grey’s anatomy is using the faggot facade to put Isaiah Washington in his place, and the gays are using his social vulnerability to implement the social status that they want, but that they dare not attempt through a white person, especially a white person with status. It’s through Isaiah that they get to declare a “standard” that they hope others will buy into, as reflected in an article on Americablog entitled, “CNN defends host’s use of the word “faggot” - network slammed by lead gay anti-defamation Group. Then the writer strengthens his position with this swaggering challenge, “apparently, no one at CNN has heard of Isaiah Washington . . .”

Judge Mablean Ephriam, after seven years with FOX on Divorce Court, and the only judge program with a ratings increase in 2006, up 8% compared with Judge Judy, down 2%, Judge Joe Brown, down 3%, People’s Court, down 3%. Despite the fact that all of these judges earn more than Judge Mablean, and she was willing to accept an increase that would keep it that way, rather than reward her success, when she asked for a pay increase, FOX chose instead to fire her, along with all of the people they employed through her, including her daughter.
James Curtis, arguably the best commentator on Court TV, summarily dumped.
Starr Jones, after nine years of outstanding service on The View, wasn’t even given the courtesy of being told that her contract would not be renewed. Instead, she was lied to about her employment status, publicly humiliated and ultimately fired.

Now ABC is considering firing Isaiah. If his behavior justifies firing, then none of us should have a job.

Isaiah Washington has a wife and three babies who are dependent on his continued employment for their lifestyle. He has submitted to abusive and oppressive indignities in order to secure that for them. He earned his position, and he’s done nothing that justifies taking it away from him. He should keep his job, and ABC, Grey’s Anatomy, T. R. Knight and all of the media that participated in trouncing on him, owe him an apology . . .

Copywrite Hargrove Jones, January 26, 2007

J Reidy said...

wow, that's really long.

i'm guessing, from that, that you kind of agree with the original post.

but i get the feeling, through your use of the word "homosexual" that you don't like the gay folk and are especially pissed off because of the racist bent to all of this.

your perceived disdain for gay people doesn't help your argument, but i see your point. i do think Washington is getting the raw deal here. but it's too late now, he could have never said the word, yet now it's like he said it on camera to a world wide audience.

in my post, i said that i don't use the word "nigger" because i find it offensive. but notice, i never said i don't use "faggot." i've said it from a young age, then realized it would be offensive to gay friends and curbed its use. there are gay friends of mine that i will use it in front of because they know i don't mean harm by it. but if you're gay and i don't know you well enough, i won't be presumptive enough to think i can use it in front of you.

at any rate, i think you agree with the original post that this is kind of a bullshit reason for all these people to be so upset.

racism is deeply ingrained in our culture and i do think it comes out of people when they don't even realize it. this sucks. but gay people do get discriminated against just as much....not quite the same but it happens. don't think this post is an open invite to fag bash, it's just pointing out bullshit when i see it. i'm an equal opportunity bullshit detector.


Blenda said...

Good for people to know.