Some Shitty People Want Jesse Williams Fired For His BET Awards Speech

People are usually complete assholes. In fact, as a betting woman, I usually bet on that fact. Exhibit A: people want Jesse Williams fired for his BET Awards speech about racism and the appropriation of black culture in America last Sunday. While most viewers were tweeting and talking about his moving message and blasting Justin Timberlake for his response to Williams’ speech (rightly calling Timberlake out on the fact that he has, at times, appropriated black culture for profit), there were others starting a petition to get Williams fired from his role as the dedicated and heartsick surgeon he plays on Grey’s Anatomy. 

Because no one fires Jackson Avery, the smooth and often complicated surgeon in one of Shonda Rhimes’ flagship shows. The Change.org petition had almost reached its goal of 10,000 signatures Tuesday, which is not even a tenth of the population of Luxembourg. The signees want Williams to be fired because he “spewed a racist, hate speech against law enforcement and white people at the BET awards.” Actually, what Williams said was, “If we keep poisoning our children to believe that we are nothing and that white people are everything, that’s when it finds itself reflected in the way we treat each other.”

Williams continued, to a standing crowd, “It’s not that complicated. The truth we are teaching is that every contribution in the history of the planet came from blonde people… It’s not true and it’s destructive, and people are getting killed long term as a result. People don’t believe that we deserve it.”

That makes a lot of sense to most rational human beings who have spent any time in any part of America, especially at the BET Awards, a ceremony thrown by a network that exists because it’s really hard to get African Americans (or any minorities) on a television screen. Until there was Rhimes. And she wasn’t happy to learn that thousands of assholes were calling for Williams’ to be cut from acting while she was on vacation. She tweeted, “In woods. Far from wifi. Get signal! What’d I miss? ‘Just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real.’ @iJesseWilliams’ speech. YES.”

So, Rhimes isn’t having any of it, because Williams’ speech was on point and something that everyone, not just an audience of minority actors, actresses, and musicians needed to hear. Later, in response to the petition, Williams made a point not to play into the trolls. “Do not promote empty people & their tantrums. Pure clickbait to gain followers, attention & money, for themselves, not you. Never you,” he tweeted.

Because, seriously? There is no way anyone can take Williams down for his very on point speech on racism in America.