Clay Cane is a New York City-based writer who is recognized for his contributions in journalism. Clay is a regular contributor for various print and online publications such as The Advocate and BET.com. He is the author of the highly anticipated novel Ball-Shaped World, which is a fictionalized account of the black and Latino ballroom scene. Also, he is the Entertainment Editor at BET.com and a member of New York Film Critics Online. He can be reached at claycane@gmail.com.


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    Wednesday, June 20, 2007

    Someone needs to call, fax, or send a telegram to Babbling Isaiah and tell him to never comment on Grey's Anatomy again!

    I have not written a cotton-pickin' thing about Isaiah Washington and the Grey's Anatomy debacle. I never watched the show before the media firestorm nor have I watched the show after the media firestorm. I really have no opinion on whether his contract should or should not have been renewed. I do think it is important to celebrate the diverse cast, with or without Washington. Well, after I read these recent comments from Washington, I was officially done:

    "This happened to Malcolm X, this happened to Paul Robeson—this misconception can happen to any man of power that loves himself and wants to spread that love and that humanity throughout the world."

    Hold my mule! Isaiah comparing himself to icons like Paul Robeson and Malcolm X is as bad as Jermaine Jackson saying the Michael Jackson child molestation accusation was a "modern day lynching". Could you imagine if Star Jones would've compared herself to Coretta Scott King after not getting her contract renewed? Isaiah is a rich man in Hollywood, not a civil rights leader. This is a classic example of a celebrity taking himself too seriously.

    The turbo-bottom line is after apologies, a public service announcement, rehab and a standing ovation at the NAACP Image Awards (Wait, choking someone and calling your co-worker a faggot gives you a standing ovation? Good thing, OJ didn’t show up!)—Washington is still rich, but unemployed. So what? There are other unemployed black men to worry about other than Isaiah.

    In addition, earlier this week Washington spoke about himself in third person, “I hope that everyone is happy for the outcome for Isaiah, but Isaiah will go on and do what I love to do. And I have to go about the business of letting people know what's written about me is not the truth.” I am curious to know what exactly this “business” will be. Maybe a Broadway musical revival of To Wong Fu with Isaiah playing Chi Chi Rodriguez? Playing Noxzema Jackson would just be too obvious—Tim Hardaway would be better!
    What I find interesting is the people who are upset about Isaiah's contract not being renewing are saying things like, "Gay people are never satisfied! What else can he do?" Those were the same comments good ole' conservative white folks were saying about black folks when it came to Don Imus getting fired, "Black people are never satisfied! What else can he do?" Washington and Imus are completely different situations, but it's interesting both groups have the same complaints.

    This I know for sure...imagine if a teenage Washington worked at the GAP, called a co-worker a faggot (especially considering all the butch queens who work at the GAP!) and tried to strangle someone in front of customers—surely, he would’ve been “fired” instantaneously. Some argue ABC moved slowly on “terminating” Isaiah, but allowing him to finish his contract for the year was more than fair. Team Isaiah and Team Grey's Anatomy should both be satisfied with Washington not returning. Isaiah will work again! People get the pink slip everyday, hopefully he has learned that choke holds and slurs are not acceptable from the GAP to Hollywood.

    Thank God Isaiah is attractive or I would never support him again!

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