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A new petition has been launched calling for Jesse Williams to be fired from Grey’s Anatomy after he spoke out against racism at last month’s BET Awards.

While making his acceptance speech after receiving an award for his humanitarian efforts, Jesse – who plays Dr Jackson Avery in the hit medical drama – explained how prevalent racism still is in the States today by highlighting cases of police brutality and the lack of equal opportunities available for people of colour.

He said: “I don’t want to hear any more about how far we’ve come when paid public servants can pull a drive-by on a 12-year-old playing alone in a park in broad daylight, killing him on television then going home to make a sandwich.” 

“We’re done watching and waiting while this invention called whiteness uses and abuses us, burying black people out of sight and out of mind, while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment like oil.”

 “The thing is, just because we’re magic, doesn’t mean we’re not real.”

Jesse – who played Holden in The Cabin in the Woods – received a standing ovation before he had even finished the speech, with many audience members being reduced to tears by his impassioned words.

But not everyone was so impressed by the actor’s speech as the Independent has reported that a new Change.org petition has been launched which is calling for Jesse to be removed from his position on Grey’s on the grounds that his speech was racist.

The petition – which has so far received over 2,300 supporters – states: “Jesse Williams spewed a racist, hate speech against law enforcement and white people at the BET awards.”

“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.”

“There's been no companies making a stand against his racist remarks and no swift action condemning his negative attitude.”

So far there has been no reaction to the petition from the ABC network.


Jesse Williams who plays Jackson Avery on Grey’s Anatomy is expecting his second child with wife, Aryn Drake-Lee.

While the news about the pregnancy has only just surfaced, Mr Williams’ wife of three years is in fact expected to give birth before the end of the summer.

Speaking to E! News, a source revealed that “They are really excited and this was something they really wanted.

“They are a very private couple and they like to keep this kind of news to just close family and friends.”

Unlike most celebrity whirlwind romances, 33-year-old Jesse had a very conventional and totally sweet love story with his wife, who is a real-estate broker.

The pair met when the Grey’s star was working as a school teacher in New York. They dated for five years before getting married in 2012 in front of family and close friends. They have one daughter together, Sadie, who was born in 2013.

A guest who was at their wedding told People how the groom was “beaming with joy” before saying “I do.”

“You could feel the love they have for each other. They’re madly in love!” the insider revealed.

A huge congratulations to the happy couple, we already can’t wait to meet the newest member of their family! 

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