So this morning I woke up a little exhausted, frustrated, disappointed and I have to admit a wee bit angry. And it had nothing to do with moving my clock forward (although that bothers me too).
On Friday (March 7, 2014), Matthew Tharrett, a reporter for NEXT Magazine and a freelance writer for Queerty.com published an article on Queerty’s site about Isaiah Washington returning to Grey’s Anatomy in a guest appearance some time in the near future to coincide with Sandra Oh’s departure from the show.
First two very important statements:
1. I have never watched Grey’s Anatomy except for one episode of two soldiers kissing that aired on May 8, 2008 (Season 4, Episode 14, The Becoming). That episode was watched by 16.03 million viewers and was approved and green-lighted by the show’s creator Shonda Rhimes.
2. I am not a fan of Isaiah Washington. I know that he is a Hollywood celebrity. But I don’t follow his career other than knowing about the incident between him, Patrick Dempsey and T.R. Knight.
So with those two statements put out into the universe, I saw the article uploaded by Matthew Tharrett to Queerty and my initial scanning of the article was complete shock. Most of what was written was amazingly untrue. Yet there it was for all the world to see. Astonishingly, even the first word of the article was an outright lie.
The article is below. You can simply click on the hyper-link to read it for yourself.
Unapologetic Homophobe Isaiah Washington Welcomed Back To Grey’s Anatomy - by Matthew Tharrett
After reading it, I shook my head and went on to peruse another website. However, it started “bothering” me that a journalist could get away with fabricating a story. Not only that but even the picture was amusing. As a celebrity, Isaiah Washington has hundreds if not thousands of pics available at hand for use by web and print media. Yet the one pic selected by Matthew Tharrett was this one:
Even though any other could have been selected:
Obviously the pic with the cigar portrays a more sinister Isaiah compared to countless other pics. It’s a cunning move used by certain journalists (many over at FOX News) to selectively convince the reader/viewer there’s something nefarious about the person(s) highlighted in a story.
So after thinking over the inaccuracies and unfairness of the article, I went back to Queerty’s website signed in to comment and shared Isaiah’s official apology published by several media outlets back in 2006. His official statement read:
"I sincerely regret my actions and the unfortunate use of words during the recent incident on-set," Washington, 43, says in the statement. "Both are beneath my own personal standards. … I have nothing but respect for my coworkers … and have apologized personally to everyone involved."
Following his apology, he shot a PSA (public service announcement) for the gay-rights advocacy group GLAAD. He contributed financially. He went to a sensitivity course and he met with leaders within the LGBT community to learn and understand his enormous culpability in the incident. And following all of that, he was quasi “black-listed” from Hollywood for about 8 years.
His own words:
"After the incident at the Golden Globes, everything just fell apart. I lost everything. I couldn’t afford to have an agent…I couldn’t afford to have a publicist…I couldn’t afford to continue."
So here we are eight (8) years later and the producers over at Grey’s Anatomy are preparing for Sandra Oh’s departure from the show. Her character apparently had a pivotal plot-line with Isaiah Washington’s character. So he was invited back for a guest appearance — not a recurring character and certainly not a main character — just a guest appearance. And this prompts Matthew Tharrett to draft an article that any journalist should be ashamed to publish. I don’t know Matthew Tharrett nor anyone over at Queerty. But I did wonder about the standards of care or protocol with regard to steps taken to verify Matthew’s story.
So I commented on Queerty’s site about my concerns and shared Isaiah’s actual official apology. Some time last night, in the wee hours of the morning or early this morning, Matthew Tharrett or staff at Queerty edited the article. But it is still loaded with vitriolic hyperbole and untruths.
And then I looked down at the comments section and saw that my comment had been removed. And not only that, I was barred from making any further comments. So seems I was black-listed for trying to share the truth.
So I’m sitting here with a cup of green tea (yes it tastes nasty ;-) and I’m telling myself… I cannot control the ill-will, malice and ill-intentions of others. Life is what it is. Journalism like any other industry has its underbelly.
Queerty and Matthew Tharrett —- oddly like Isaiah Washington —- should be ashamed.