Jesse Williams Responds to Petition Calling For His Firing (UPDATE)
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Jesse Williams Responds to Petition Calling For His Firing (UPDATE)


Update (July 6, 2016): Jesse Williams has responded to the petition calling for his firing, arguing his point on Twitter.

Original story (July 5, 2016): A few Grey's Anatomy fans were so offended by Jesse Williams’s speech at the 2016 BET Awards, they’re willing to say goodbye to his character, Jackson Avery.

In a new petition on, which has garnered over 4,000 signatures but has inspired several counter-petitions, a user named Erin Smith asks ABC to fire Jesse from the hit medical drama.

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“Jesse Williams spewed a racist, hate speech against law enforcement and white people at the BET Awards,” Erin wrote. (Is Erin Smith a pseudonym for Stacey Dash?)

“If this was a white person making the same speech about an African American, they would have been fired and globally chastised, as they should be, but there has [sic] been no consequences to Williams’s actions. There’s been no companies [sic] making a stand against his racist remarks and no swift action condemning his negative attitude.

“Why was Burke’s character [sic] fired from Grey’s Anatomy after his inappropriate homophobic slur, but nothing for Jesse Williams? Why the one-way street? Why the support for a hater? Why the hypocrisy?”

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Erin and her followers will likely have a hard time convincing the studio execs, especially with Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes in his corner.

For his part, Jesse seems totally unconcerned by this vocal minority's backlash, vacationing with co-star Ellen Pompeo and even pushing her paddleboard out from under her!

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And a huge majority of fans seem to disagree with Erin’s posse. Nine of the first ten search results for “Jesse Williams” on are petitions supporting Jesse. In fact, just one of those nine already has well over 5,000 signatures, while Erin’s petition is still struggling to reach that benchmark.

Catch Jesse Williams this fall when Grey’s Anatomy Season 13 premieres on Thursday, September 22, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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