The #TakeAKnee movement has made its way to Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.
Following the likes of Star Trek: Discovery and The X-Files, Shonda Rhimes and the Grey’s Anatomy cast got down on one knee in solidarity with the NFL players refraining from standing during the national anthem to protest racial injustice, police brutality, and more recently the rhetoric of Donald Trump.
On Tuesday, the ABC drama was celebrating the filming of its 300th episode when Rhimes, Ellen Pompeo, and Jesse Williams were among those to take a knee. Rhimes, the show’s creator, shared an image on Instagram and wrote, “and we took a knee in solidarity of racial justice. #takeaknee#greysanatomy #300th.”
Kneeling during the anthem started last year with then-San Fransisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, but a new spotlight was shined on the peaceful protest over the last week. At a Friday rally in Alabama, President Trump referred to the sideline protestors, who had been comprised mostly of black players, as “son of a bitch” and suggested they should be “fired.” Trump’s remarks galvanized the NFL and led to a vast increase in kneeling, while multiple teams even chose to stay in the locker room for the anthem.
Williams, who stars on Grey’s as Jackson Avery, has been extremely critical of backlash against the players. “It’s also important to realize this anthem thing is a scam,” he said during a weekend appearance on MSNBC. “This is not actually part of football. This was invented in 2009 from the government paying the NFL to market military recruitment to get more people to go off and fight wars to die.”
Grey’s Anatomy returns for season 14 on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.