Friday, January 19, 2007

Anatomy of A Firing

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Dear Isaiah. . .

I think you're cute. I really do. I think you're actually quite Sexy. So do other bloggers. My first post on this site was regarding the Men I love. . .And you were one of them. I want to talk about what is going on with you and the little Faggot fiasco that's turning into your swan song of anything and everything regarding the American Broadcasting Company.

First of all, even though I don't watch your little show, it must be such an honor - and equally a laboring task, to be on the number one show on television, considering it's hard enough for us to get a role on anything. . .NOT TO MENTION: long hours, strict schedules, and a black woman at the helm, who has to answer to ABC executives. Television is marketed towards women, which is why certain women (generally Becky's) get so attached to shows like Sex and the City, Friends, and now, Grey's Anatomy. I don't, but that's because I've never been that kind of a chick.

Surely, during these laborious hours, there are heated tensions, just like any work environment. . .And during that time, things are said that needed to be left unsaid. It happens to the best of us. . .

What also happens to the best of us, is, if we pull a Latrell Sprewell on the job, and then call other people faggots, we get punished, up to and including termination, you see. Don't you know that Hollywood rule 101 is to not say anything derogatory about Jews and Homosexuals? Now, Christians, Muslims, fat people, minorities, and anything else in between is fair game. . .But then, it turned into a mini blame fest, with the character going on Ellen (who else) and confirming his sexual orientation. For the record, I do think that by TR Knight going onto Ellen and saying "He called me a faggot, everyone heard it", that he was acting like a bitch and that should have been kept in-house. . .What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, okay? But it all kind of died down, and you were removed from the pages of Enquirer, US and Entertainment Weekly.

But then the Emmys came up. Perhaps you felt like a caged animal. Perhaps you were thinking about that steady salary that will make you and your wife independently wealthy. Perhaps you were thinking that the newscaster was hoo-banging on you. I don't really KNOW what you were thinking, but you denied something that you had previously admitted to. Then you used the word again. That's when TR Knight's BFF on the show, Katherine Heigl said that you should just keep your mouth shut. And now, GLAAD is involved. That's bad. That's like anything happening to a woman and then NOW pokes their face in the middle of it. I kind of wish you would have just sat down to be quiet and not say anything, but now since it's out of the closet, no pun intended, it's on, now.

This is about being responsible. I am unsure if all precautions were taken for you to do this. I also know that the leverage and margin that we have for error is lower than a pregnant ant, and I don't think this was exercised by you. I'm no expert, but I personally believe that worse things are said by directors and producers that would probably sting our ears. I'm no expert, so she probably knows more about this than I do. . .But overall, I think you've done it this time. You've effed up good with Mr. Charlie and Becky. I also don't believe that you give a phuck. I think your PR representative did damage control for you, and you already know that your days are limited. I think you should kiss Sandra Oh goodbye right now. I think you're either going to be replaced by a resident brother, or you're going to catch a communicable disease that's going to wipe you and your deep salary right out the memory of Grey's Anatomy. But I also know that everything has a season, and we are forgiving people; so you'll reinvent yourself, show up in a Spike Lee movie, or get cast in another movie eventually. Just not the ABC movie of the week.

I still think you're sexy. Not Hollywood PC, but sexy, nonetheless.

Love,
P

Bonus: **CLICK HERE** for a Glamorous, Pop-Couture blog post on the same subject. (Ironically written the same day, in the same manner and almost the same time as this post!)

17 comments:

The Best [ Ghostface ] said...

I met him and we worked together before thru his work and my work. I will not give my detailed take on him right here it would be too long. This commenting would not be justice. I might write about the celebs I have dealt with I already wrote about Peter Hunt. I might write about it because many people have never met Isaiah, I have, he can be an interesting fellow.

Miss Ahmad said...

well how hilarious that we both channeled our inner letter writer.

i am just soo taken aback by this whole situation.

i hope that isaiah can rise above his own demons and not be the reason that his show, cast and career fall apart!

shame on him!
just shame!!

African girl, American world said...

now I too felt it had blown over and we weould rise above it BUT he just seemed so nonchalant AND clueless at the globes. He lost his support that night, he really did.
And remind me to come find you when I'm in need of an excellent letter writer :)

Anonymous said...

Period. Exclamation point!

I hate to see such a gorgeous, talented man committing this heinous act of career suicide. It has all been so painful to hear about and watch.

Unruly Brown said...

So well said. Bravo!

Anonymous said...

He should be ashamed of himself...

Yo...does this mean he won't be taking any GAY roles anytime soon?

P said...

@ Tam. . .

Maybe it's me. . .But if my memory serves me correct, he has done so in the past . ..

PS: Ain't you at home sick?

Anonymous said...

Dude is on E! News backtracking like Ray Nagin after his Chocolate City comments. I hate to see the brother lose his job but he crossed the line of no return. I just don't want to see Wayne Brady playing that role next week.

Jaimie said...

i was JUST reading about marlon brando and his feelings about the fact that you can't say anything bad about jews in hollywood, and how much he was left out of the Hollywood "loop" because of (in his opinion) his honest opinions.

And then you wrote this post (about gays, but you know what I mean)...

funny how life works out so coincidental.

Anonymous said...

Interesting post. I do not think Shonda should go down trying to save his ass. He made his bed he can lie in it. I also think TK did the right thing. This entire incident forced him out of the closet. And now IW is denying he said it. I agree with KH he should learn to keep his trap shut. And his sexy has seriously diminshed in my eyes with those homophobic comments.

P said...

@ Ms JJ.

I might catch some heat with this but I truly don't think his comments were more homophobic more than they were indicative of a heated type of personality.

The fact is, had he said something about someone's religion, (except for Jewish), it wouldn't have been AS big of a deal. It wouldn't have and I would be the FARM on it.

I don't condone what he did; if I did I would not have written the post; I do think, however, that certain things in Hollywood are taken more seriously than others, and I think that Jewish issues (Mel Gibson) and homosexual issues are highlighted more so.

Just a personal opinion.

Anonymous said...

looks like they told Burke either go to rehab or go home....Now i think this is bull$---...The man has to go to rehab for saying something he say's he didnt say....

thats like going to aa for being in the room watching people do drugs..

Anonymous said...

when i heard that...i was like..."DUMMY" "dummy" "D u M M y"...you talking about people who i've just put my hands on my head and was like "this fool" him and michael vick this week...crazyiness...

Anonymous said...

You just can't say that word. He gonna be back working on B movies that you only see on BET if this rehab thing don't work out for him.

Koolbreeze said...

my thing is i haven't heard him admit to it yet. so why do we believe that he said it? and if a white dude had said the "N" word would it had been this big????

P said...

LMAO @ The Artist Formerly Known as TCas: re: Black movies on BET. . .

HAHAHA. . .What you know bout those. . .

@ Sarcastik: Yeah, um. . .What' up with yo boy Mike, AKA Ron Mexico. between his pseudonyms and smoking that sticky-icky. . .He's a hot mess.

Anonymous said...

What is it about Black people+ Fame+ Money= Loosing Mind.

Quick solution/Fix=REHAB