Here’s What Shonda Rhimes Thinks of That Petition to Get Jesse Williams Fired From ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

Jesse Williams Talks BET Speech
The actor explains his acceptance speech about the Black Lives Matter movement.

Shonda Rhimes will not let some petty petition dictate her creative choices. The Grey’s Anatomy showrunner is speaking out after fans started urging her to fire Jesse Williams following the actor’s headline-making speech at the BET Awards.

A petition against Williams was created by a woman named Erin Smith claiming Williams’ speech, which touched on Black Lives Matter and police brutality, was “racist” and a “hate speech” against white people and law enforcement officers.

“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 been no consequences to Williams’ actions,” the petition reads, questioning why Isaiah Washington was fired in 2007 for making a homophobic comment at gay cast mate T.R. Knight. “Why was Burke’s character 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? #AllLivesMatter All humans bleed the same color. #EqualConsequences4RacistBehavior.”

Later, another petition urging Rhimes to keep Williams on the cast emerged. However, it seemed the Grey’s Anatomy creator didn’t need either petition to let her know what to do with her own show. “Um, people? Boo don’t need a petition,” she tweeted.

Previously, Rhimes threw her support for Williams when he defended his speech on July 3, retweeting the actor’s mesage reading, “Do not promote empty people & their tantrums. Pure clickbait to gain followers, attention & money, for themselves, not you. Never you.”

Rhimes also tweeted that she loved Williams speech during the BET Awards, writing, “YES.”