Nasty gay slur behind Gray’s on-set fight


Actor Isaiah Washington called one of his fellow “Gray’s Anatomy” actors a faggot, prompting the well-publicized on-set fight on October 9th in which Washington choked and shoved Patrick Dempsey. It is unknown who the slur was directed at, and reporting paper National Enquirer has censored out the person’s name, not that it matters anyway. When some asshole wants to use a slur, they’ll throw it at anyone:

Last week, the ENQUIRER broke the blockbuster news that Isaiah, 43, choked Patrick Dempsey, 40, in an Oct. 9 fight on the set of “Grey’s Anatomy.” And now we can reveal the secret behind the outrage.

“The melee has set off World War III on the show and may cost Isaiah his job,” an insider told The ENQUIRER.

“The cast is divided over the shameful event.”

As The ENQUIRER exclusively revealed last week, Patrick and Isaiah clashed over cast members being late to the set, right before shooting a scene at Prospect Studios in Los Angeles.

A heated discussion quickly escalated to violence when Isaiah snapped, revealed an eyewitness.

At one point, Isaiah yelled, “I’m not your little faggot like (name deleted),” according to the source. Those who heard him were stunned.

Because of the extreme nature of the slur, The ENQUIRER is withholding the name of the co-star targeted by Washington. During the brawl, an enraged Isaiah grabbed Patrick by the throat and shoved him a few feet.

It sounds like that guy is going to get axed from the show. His character is working with a paralyzed right hand, and maybe he’ll deal with a more serious medical problem soon.

 

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

24 Responses to “Nasty gay slur behind Gray’s on-set fight”

Comments are Closed

We close comments on older posts to fight comment spam.

  1. bam says:

    Damn… I really enjoyed his character too. Isn’t he a theater actor? Shouldn’t he be used to homosexuals? :)

  2. Lolli says:

    I know . . . first he’ll come back to the operating room, kill a patient, then get suspended. Once suspended, he will downward spiral into depression and pain killer addiction. He’ll overdose and die, and that will be that.

    Or, more humiliating for Isaiah (and appropriate) . . . they should just replace him with some flamboyantly gay actor while keeping the character. After all, the character is great.

  3. Kelly says:

    I hope they can him – whatever can stop Sandra Oh from being annoying. Their awkward relationship always ruins it for me.

  4. Caitlin says:

    I remember reading, when this story first broke, that the whole thing started when Washington “said something” to T.R. Knight, and Patrick Dempsey came to his defense, resulting in a fight. So does that mean that the slur was directed at Knight? That’s what I’m thinking.

  5. kellie says:

    TR. Knight came “out” today. There is his quote on perezhilton.com

  6. Angelika says:

    It was definitely directed to T.R. Knight – just today, the news broke that Knight has finally come out of the closet. So that whole story is starting to make sense – and stupid Isaiah is obviously homophobic -.-

  7. ER says:

    As long as they don’t get rid of Ellen Pompeo or Patrick Dempsey I don’t care what they do with the rest of the cast.

  8. Matt says:

    Even though it was out-of-line, do keep in mind that “faggot” and “fag” are common insults, these days. It doesn’t excuse their usage necessarily, I’m just saying that it doesn’t mean he hates homosexuals.

    One of the word’s original definitions, from England, is “a public-school boy who acts as servant to an older schoolmate.” So, there’s the one-in-a-million chance he was aware of that and meant it that way. ;)

  9. Tibet says:

    I have often found, especially in the black community, that MEN who “attack” with that word are often men who are hiding a secret. I remember watching Mr. Washington on The View: I think he and the WORD= his true identity; I think he’s projecting a little self-hate; it wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen this behavior…. He appears to be an ideal candidate for being “On the down low.” Question: what if this was actually a fight about something more than we know… we now know that T R is gay. Lover’s spat? Makes you wonder…..

  10. Fag is a mean word says:

    I disliked Washington as soon as I heard he attacked Dempsey. Now that I hear he calls gay people faggots I like him even less. Faggots are bundles of wood that they (Middle Agers) threw on pyres to light homosexuals up and burn them at the stake. That is why Brits call ciggies * fags* (burning stick). It’s a horrible word to use.

  11. Kelley says:

    His character is useless and with his hand shaking they have a clear path to can his rotten ass. The show will be able to go on without him. We have Dr. McDreamy and Dr. McSteamy, no one is going to miss Dr McMouthy.

  12. Gigohead says:

    I don’t know whether the word means anything anymore. Men I know use it causually to mean that a guy is not man enough — it’s used a lot within the Black and Latino culture.

    I like his character. He’s a strong black man with prinicipal — unlike the chief who hides under his wife’s skirt and cheats with a white woman.

  13. Keri says:

    It’s really not fair to say that “faggot” is an acceptable word, especially for someone ostensibly(assuming this is the case) NOT part of the gay community.

    The “N” word is used often — try listening to rap and hip-hop — but that does not mean that it no longer means anything.

    It is NOT acceptable for whites (or other non-blacks) to use the “N” word, esp. because it, much like “faggot,” usually is intended as an insult, not a term of endearment.

    It is NOT acceptable that Isaiah used the word “faggot” for the same reason that it would be unacceptable for Patrick Demspey to call Isaiah a “N – - – - R.” It’s wrong, hurtful, and totally unnecessary.

  14. Quickies…

    + One friend wearing jeans, another bikini bottoms-wtf? [Bastardly]
    + I like new school Paula Abdul way better [CityRag]
    + TWO black guys? On the SAME Real World season? [popbytes]
    + If you missed any of last night’s top TV moments [AOL Televi…

  15. grumpy says:

    I suspect a man-love triangle on the Grey’s Anatomy set … about to break … Odds are on McSteamy as he has a very beefcake gladiator movie look about him.

    When will these boys learn there’s enough love to go around … it’s caled a fourgy.

  16. Scrillah says:

    Kind of sad that Isiaah would throw a homophobic slur considering he’s black and should have more empathy toward people who are different. Imagine if Knight called him a racial slur.

    Sad. In the words of a great poet, “Can’t we all just get along?”

  17. Cheri says:

    Isiah should have empathy for the gay guy because he is Black and gay and Black are somehow different… from what? Isiah should have no more empathy for the gay guy than Whites, Asians or anyone else.Isiah isn’t different at all, the gay white guy is.The world is made up of colored people with Whites being the only people who lack color.You are different, not Isiah.The gay experience and the Black experience are 2 different things and in no way should a Black person automatically somehow feel connected to some guy just because he is gay.How many of you knew he was gay before he told the world? On the other hand how many of you needed Isiah to tell you he was Black? Btw, if the Sista who writes, produces and created this show is any kind of a real Sista, Isiah ain’t going nowhere.Btw, when did the National Enquirer become a solid source for anything?

  18. Lara says:

    Gays and Blacks are both minorities, that’s why there should be some mutual empathy. Isiah is obviously an jerk, I hope they can him. There is never a reason to be physical like that, the least he could do is be an adult…

  19. Kibibbi says:

    We as African People have not about treated disrespectful for far to long. We get called the N…. all the time. I think Mr Washington is an up standing great actor, so it had to be something more than one word that caused him to react to. All the comments about calling stupid and other things are just not reason to do that. I feel all the other white people on the set probably ganged on him, because white males don’t like to see black stars doing a good job. I don’t think he should lose his job over this incident.

  20. Kibibbi says:

    We as African People have not about treated disrespectful for far to long. We get called the N…. all the time. I think Mr Washington is an up standing great actor, so it had to be something more than one word that caused him to react to. All the comments about calling him stupid and other things are just not reason to do that. I feel all the other white people on the set probably ganged on him, because white males don’t like to see black stars doing a good job. I don’t think he should lose his job over this incident.

  21. dsmith says:

    We teach children it isn’t nice to call names. Yes, Mr. Washington’s name calling was both immature and inappropriate. I don’t think it’s cause for him losing his job. How any of you can compare the word Fag or Faggot to the word Nigger, is amazing. There is no way in this world those two words should ever be compared. Yes, the name calling was inappropriate and unprofessional but I repeat, the two words should never be compared. I could go on for days on this subject. I really wish black people would step up and address this issue.

  22. Chris says:

    This a whole lot about nothing. It is just a word, just like the “N” word, which is also just a word. It is amazing how many people can get so worked up about nothing. The word only upsets you if you let it. It’s not really any different than being called an A$$ H*)# or any other derogatory term.

    In the words of a great American band “Get over it!”

  23. Kim says:

    Okay, answer me this question…who really knows what happened? NOBODY WHO POSTED A COMMENT,you people were not there you have no idea what really happened so GET OVER IT! You people are sad.

  24. Acd says:

    One of the word’s original definitions, from England, is “a public-school boy who acts as servant to an older schoolmate.”

    what ? a faggot is a kind of meatball made from pig offal in england… perhaps some american dictionary has its etymology mixed up..