Isaiah Washington, who was fired from his role on Grey’s Anatomy in 2007 for using homophobic slurs, is truly supportive of football player, Michael Sam coming out of the closet.
While on the red carpet for the Pan African Film Festival’s premiere of Blue Caprice, HipHollywood caught up with the actor to get his reaction on the college athlete and NFL prospect who recently revealed that he is gay.
“I’m going to always side with my brothers,” Washington told us. “If this brother playing ball is brave enough and strong enough to tell the world ‘hey, this is who I am’ and that’s the man in him … Then we have to respect that.”
He continued, “People forget that I came out and played a gay character in Get on the Bus and got horribly ostracized for it in Fort Greene, Brooklyn afterwards.”
“I was invited to GLAAD in New York at that time in 1997 and was touted as the poster boy for everything good about gay,” he said. “So this idea of me just now becoming a supporter and being on the front lines of supporting my brothers no matter who they’re sleeping with, I can only be an African American man,” Washington explained.
Although the actor has always been a supporter of gay rights, the 50-year-old’s use of homophobic slurs during an argument with his former co-star, Patrick Dempsey taunted his career.
After being fired from the ABC show, the actor took a break from Hollywood, which he revealed to HipHollywood earlier this year that he’s glad it actually happened. “Now I’m a better husband, a better father, better business person, a better producer for it,” he told us.
Washington’s film Blue Caprice is available on DVD.
Netflix’s ‘Step Sisters’ Is ‘Bring It On’ … But Way More Woke!
Netflix is getting ready to “Bring It On” … in more ways than one. The streaming service’s new flick Step Sisters is reminiscent of the 90s dance film, but delves deeper into racial themes like cultural appropriation, tokenization and interracial dating.
In the film Megalyn Echikunwoke (Arrow) plays the president of a black sorority who is tasked with teaching one of the campus’ white sororities how to step for a charity competition. At first glimpse the film seems to be stepping into a can of worms — and had folks on Twitter up in arms, but the creators and cast told HipHollywood it isn’t about cultural appropriation but instead cultural exchange.
“There’s a strong political message, and there’s a lot of racial content,” said Nia Jervier. “But I think that the pill that may be difficult to swallow is dipped in honey, because it’s funny.”
What also helps is that producer/writers like Lena Waithe (Masters of None), Chuck Hayward (Dear White People) and Ben Cory Jones (Underground) are behind the project – so you know it’s woke.
“At the end of the day, Jamila the lead character in our minds she’s reaching over to show them a part of our culture. It doesn’t dilute our culture,” said Jones. ” And I love that we can take stepping and evolve that into issues of race and culture.”
Step Sisters begins streaming on Netflix January 20th.
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