A few months ago, actor Isaiah Washington, who stars in the ABC hit show Grey's Anatomy, used a derogatory anti-gay word in reference to his fellow cast mate T.R. Knight. He apologized for his actions immediately after, but more recently, denied to a reporter on the night of the Golden Globes that he had ever called T.R. the slur at all. Dr. Robin wants to know: Why would Isaiah use the word again, causing even more controversy? And why haven't the show's producers taken any action?
"When we think that we have handled something, but what we've really done is put a Band-Aid on a gunshot wound, that wound is going to get infected, it is going to need treatment, and it is not going away," Dr. Robin says.
Dr. Robin does hold Isaiah accountable for what he said—not once, but twice. However, "I also hold [accountable] the network and the powers-that-be that knew about this situation the first time and did not take real action," Dr. Robin says. "I'm not talking about firing him, I'm talking about getting help for him. I hope that the people who are around him—who have power—will understand that that this is a much bigger, important issue for us all to look at."