Boycotting NBC's Bionic Woman

  • Matthew

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    Jul 21, 2007 1:38 AM GMT
    Recently NBC announced that former Grey's Anatomy star, Isaiah Washington, was hired in a reoccuring role on NBC's fall show the Bionic Women. I for one will be boycotting the show and I encourage others to do the same. After his homophobic remarks directed at fellow actor TR Knight I cannot believe he has found work so quickly at another television network. While it is true, Mr. Washington issued and apology for his anti-gay remarks, he then went on to repeat them a second time. More recently, he had the nerve to accuse TR Knight of using the event to increase his screen time and up his salary. Clearly, Mr. Washington has not learned his lesson and is not sorry for what he said. We, in the gay community along with anyone that supports equality should not be supporting him. I hope you will join me in boycotting the show this fall and will take it a step further and contact NBC and indicated your disapproval.

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    Jul 21, 2007 2:43 AM GMT
    And I suppose if you really must watch it, just steal it off bittorrent...haha.
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    Jul 21, 2007 5:38 AM GMT
    Get over it! Everybody doesn't have to agree or like gay people. It's their choice. So should we boycott every show that discriminates? Are we? No we are not. Move on and let it rest. And we are boycotting things, shouldn't we boycott you? You are doing the exact thing he did.
  • hotversguy

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    Jul 21, 2007 6:41 AM GMT
    That's all well and good and you should follow your conscience, but sometimes I think that in these matters isn't it time we just be the bigger man (men) as it were?
  • bigguysf

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    Jul 21, 2007 7:23 AM GMT
    There are so many more important places we can put our efforts than boycotting a man who reflects what many still think in this country. We may not like it, but that is the reality. And he will work again, the same way that Don Imus will also work again.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Jul 21, 2007 10:27 AM GMT
    agreed hot!
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    Jul 21, 2007 1:57 PM GMT
    I don't understand how it's being a bigger man to patronize the employment of a homophobe or racist. Far from being a small thing, boycotts are quite effective because they hit people where it really matters to them: in the pocket book.

    That's why Dr. Laura was jettisoned, why the Snickers ads were pulled, why Imus was fired. Boycotts were the most potent tool of the civil rights movement's early days.

    It's not the punishment of individuals that matters so much in these actions. It's to demonstrate that there are consequences for hate speech. And it's a way to demonstrate that a minority has real power independent of its relative political weakness.

    Of course, you could argue that Washington has already paid a steep price and that pursuing him farther will look vindictive. Then again, he won't shut up. So I dunno.
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    Jul 21, 2007 2:07 PM GMT
    You almost got yourself an "Amen!", OW. Had you stopped before the "So I dunno". No reason to let some people off the hook. None whatsoever. Most people who pull the kind of crap he pulled get away with it because they're not in the public eye. Every single one should pay for their transgressions, but we can't point them all out. They whisper their insults, or team up to physically destroy the objects of their fear. Make them responsible in any way possible, including boycotts. To do otherwise makes us either lazy, fearful ourselves, or apologists.
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    Jul 21, 2007 2:12 PM GMT
    Well, now I know, McGay.
  • soufboi

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    Jul 21, 2007 2:31 PM GMT
    I dont get it, I wish Washington would give it a rest. Why is he still talking about til this day, he`s found new work he acts like he was the one called a faggot and ABC fired him instead of Knight.
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    Jul 21, 2007 2:58 PM GMT
    OK no support through initial revenue streams for now but I am a softy for tolerance so if Isaiah Washington fully redeems himself in the future so be it. OH and if Lindsay Wagner blesses the whole issue later as well that would be a bonus. BTW Kill Oscar and Doomsday Is Tomorrow are just two of my many fave original series episodes. The fembots really creeped me out years ago and I was totally traumatized when Jaime made too high of a jump that time and her legs shorted out.
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    Jul 21, 2007 3:36 PM GMT
    ajaycee is dead on. Here we are being thought police again. Oh no, someone doesn't like "us"!
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    Jul 21, 2007 3:46 PM GMT
    Do you guys see the difference between someone not liking you and someone calling you "faggot"? Try it with "nigger" or "spick" or "kike" or "guinea" or any other term of non-endearment and see if the recipient simply thinks you don't like him.
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    Jul 21, 2007 4:43 PM GMT
    ok that is just stupid, the show doesn't even look that interesting to begun with, but I'm gonna watch it if I think it is a good show. I can careless what the gay said about being gay. Everywhere you go being gay is frowned upon and made fun of, get over it! For one its freedom of speech, so you can pretty much say what you want to say. If someone said something about me, I'm already over it, I don't care what others think and say, as long as I know the truth.

    Besides you should be boycotting the show, because not only do you put his job at risk you also put the jobs of the rest of the cast and crew at risk as well. They worked hard to make the show and get on it, and people already want to throw that hard work away. Do you have any idea how hard it is to have a normal role on a show? Again to me the show looks dumb, but I like it I will watch it, its the right thing to do for the other people on that show
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    Jul 21, 2007 5:08 PM GMT
    Just realize you arnt just hurting him when you boycott. Think of all the other actors, behind the scenes workers and everyone down to the mail delivery person you'll effect.

    It's okay to take a stand against one man, but don't hurt countless others because hes prejudice. He'll be lucky to get far from tv anyway, not many execs are willing to give him a second chance, he got lucky, but I dont expect his career to flourish.
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    Jul 21, 2007 5:20 PM GMT
    Boycotts often have the result of hurting people who were not the target. The fundies are ALWAYS going to be stronger when it comes to boycotting companies like Ford, and somehow seem proud that they helped tear down that American commercial institution. I see factory workers and middle managers taking the brunt of a lot of that poorly targeted protest.

    NBC is hardly an intolerant network or uncaring for GLBTs. I won't go into the list. I have no love for Washington, but I know that if someone has paid the price for stupid behavior in one job, that should not condemn him/her for a lifetime.
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    Jul 21, 2007 5:22 PM GMT
    well clearly this won't be a popular opinion, but i don't think what he did was that big of a deal. when i get called faggot, i let it roll off my back and move on. it's not that i don't care, it's just that i prefer to direct my energy to more positive things, and not waste time on ignorant people.
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    Jul 21, 2007 6:54 PM GMT
    The fact is the world will never change unless people from different backgrounds and minorities never stand up to anything. We've learned this in the past, infact we wouldn't even have the freedom we have now if it wasn't for those "sensitive annoying protestors who wouldn't let it go".

    Yes calling someone a faggot is just his thoughts. However people are discriminated against, humiliated, and even murdered because of thoughts.

    This is one of the biggest issues of the gay community we've grown so used to bullshit like this that we accept it as being ok, when it is not. This is many issues and not particularly this one.

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    Jul 21, 2007 6:58 PM GMT
    Oh and as far as being very critical of media and the power it holds, I feel we need to be at this period of time. I remember a certain white male calling a group of black girls "nappy headed hoes" you seen how fast he got fucked over big time. Now that is nothing, imagine if he had called him a bunch of niggers. Yes you all may not realize this, but nigger is the equivalent of faggot.

    Incase you didn't know, the word faggot refering to gays. I believe it came from when they used to burn gay people (along with witches). However witches were burned at the stake, gays were even considered lower and burned under piles of sticks.
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    Jul 21, 2007 7:44 PM GMT
    i still don't think it's any big deal... sorry. :)
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    Jul 21, 2007 7:57 PM GMT
    I disagree with most of you above who seem to feel that this is a small issue, or not an issue. And I agree with McGay that had Knight been black and the "n-word" was used, you'd see this in a different light. No one in their right mind would suggest, in that case, that the actor should not suffer consequences.

    How long these consequences should dog him is another issue. If, as some maintain, he has restated the homophobic comments, then I believe that some action is necessary.

    I doubt that boycotting the new show would do much good.

    The thing about the new show is, if I am typical, as a gay man, then most gay men wouldn't be watching the show anyway. It( the show) sounds stupid, keeping this separate from the issue in this forum. Hence, I can't boycott something I wouldn't in my remotest boredom want to watch anyway.

    Actually, I believe the most appropriate action is to contact NBC, the advertisers of the new show and also Isaiah Washington himself (he must have a fan website or something). He already was fired from Grey's Anatomy, or at least not rehired.

    However, complaining to the advertisers, who know damn well that gay men have lots of disposable income, and that is implied power...to them, at least, $$$$$$$$$ are power.

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    Jul 21, 2007 8:04 PM GMT
    McGay is correct in theory, but the so-called gay community has no right to get on its horse as long as it remains so tolerant of rampant heterophobia. Anyone who has ever been hypocritical enough to use the word "breeder" etc., deserves to be called whatever name a person wants to call them.

    Also, it's called the constitution for a reason. People have a right to call you names, whether your soft skin can handle it or not. There is a BIG difference between physically attacking a person (which IS a crime) and expecting social action against someone for using vocabulary.

    Washington has already suffered enough already. Give the man a frigging break... at what point will you guys be satisfied - what do you want, blood?
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    Jul 21, 2007 8:07 PM GMT
    This is Matt Shepard mattred4.jpg and this is the fence they left the little "faggot" on to die shepfence.jpg.

    Sadly, those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.
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    Jul 21, 2007 8:09 PM GMT
    Blood? I want reparations. And then I want to beat to a pulp everyone who ever raised a hand to a "faggot".
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    Jul 21, 2007 8:13 PM GMT
    Bingo. Exactly my point. Why rise above it and stand on higher ground, when it feels so much better to stoop down to the offender's level and react to their violence (or distasteful remarks) with equal crudeness.

    How wonderfully rational.