Jesse Williams Shonda Rhimes responds to petition to fire actor from "Grey's Anatomy"

A petition was created against Jesse Williams by a woman on Change.org following the actor's viral BET Awards acceptance speech.

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Following 34-year-old Jesse Williams speech at the 2016 BET Awards, a petition was created by a woman named Erin Smith on Change.org asking that the actor be fired from ABC hit drama "Grey's Anatomy."

According to the petition, Jesse Williams speech is a 'racist' speech.

"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," Smith wrote.

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Shonda Rhimes

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ALSO: WATCH JESSE WILLIAMS SPEECH ON RACISM AT 2016 BET AWARDS

"Grey’s Anatomy" showrunner Shonda Rhimes, has responded to the petition, showing her support for Jesse Williams who plays Dr. Jackson Avery on her show.

According to Rhimes, "Boo don't need a petition" for his lauded yet controversial speech at the BET Awards.

ALSO READ: JESSE WILLIAMS BET AWARDS SPEECH IS A LESSON FOR NIGERIAN CELEBS

 

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Jesse Williams

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As of Tuesday, July 4, 2016, Smith's petition has received more than 3,955 signatures, while the petition that supports Williams has 3,268.

On Wednesday, June 29, 2016, Stacy Dash described Jesses Williams as a 'plantation slave' for his BET Awards speech.

Williams won BET’s Humanitarian Award last month and used the opportunity to give a rousing speech about racism, police brutality, cultural appropriation, systematic oppression, equal rights and justice.

Williams received the award for his activism in the Black Lives Matters movement.

Williams character on "Grey's Anatomy" welcomed a child with his ex-wife April in season 12 finale of the medical drama.

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