Shonda Rhimes responds to Jesse Williams petition
After actor and activist Jesse Williams gave an impassioned speech about being black in America at the recent BET Awards, petitions sprung up online demanding he be fired from his long-running gig on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy — and the show’s creator, Shonda Rhimes, isn’t having any of it.
“Um, people?” Rhimes tweeted Tuesday. “Boo don’t need a petition. #shondalandrules.”
Williams, who’s been on Grey’s since 2009 and is now a member of the main cast, delivered the speech when he accepted the Humanitarian Award, and Rhimes later praised his words on Twitter: “In woods. Far from wifi. Get signal! What’d I miss? ‘Just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real,'” she wrote, referencing a line in Williams’ speech. “YES.”
The actor also seemingly addressed the petition on his own Twitter, where he said, “Do not promote empty people & their tantrums. Pure clickbait to gain followers, attention & money, for themselves, not you. Never you.”
“Words are only as good as the response to those words,” Williams told PEOPLE last week. “But I’d like to think that I give people a sense that they are not alone.”
Read more about Williams’ speech here, and see their tweets below.