It seems that Hollywood bows before the god of Diversity, and the greatest blasphemous offenses anyone can commit all lie in the minefields of racial and sexual identity politics. Viewers across America squint at the TV screen and ponder the cultural code. You can have your characters have romantic liaisons with animals, stitch together multiple corpses for necrophilia and feed human limbs to tigers, but there are some lines of tenderness you cannot cross.
Washington had to apologize repeatedly, saying he knew the "power of words," and declared, "There are issues I obviously need to examine within my own soul, and I've asked for help." No doubt at the urging of his bosses at ABC, Washington then went through a laborious rinsing cycle enforced by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), which regularly imputes that anyone using their new F-bomb is comparable to not only bullying, but lethal violence, putting homosexuals in "harm's way."
First, Washington met with officials of GLAAD to discuss how he would be involved with ongoing "public education initiatives." GLAAD President Neil Giuliano insisted Washington must "demonstrate his sincerity in becoming part of the solution to anti-gay bigotry," and lend his celebrity to their causes and events. Then, Washington declared his need to enter counseling for his "behavioral issues" and that he appreciated the "opportunity" to be rehabilitated. The executive producer of "Grey's Anatomy" also issued a statement insisting that Washington not only insulted the gay community, but "anyone who has ever struggled for respect in a world that is not always accepting of difference." He promised his network would "address the issue in a way that underscores the gravity of the situation while giving us all a foundation for healing."
Good Lord. Why didn't someone just take him behind the woodshed, teach him a lesson and save the rest of us this melodrama? And if rehab is the proper punishment for offensive behavior, why not apply it to those offending millions of children, and their parents, daily? There aren't enough Betty Ford Clinics on the face of this Earth to handle that.
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