Here is your first look at new public service announcements featuring Isaiah Washington that will debut during tonight's
season finale episode of Grey's Anatomy. The campaign is sponsored by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN).
Neil Giuliano, GLAAD's president, sent Rod 2.0 an early preview of the spot and we grabbed a few screen captures. However, the spot was previewed on Good Morning America and TMZ uploaded the video, although there are annoying graphics and sound effects. Here is the script:
“Words have power. The power to express love, happiness and joy. They also have the power to heal. When you use words that demean a person because of their sexual orientation, race or gender, you send a message of hate. A very powerful message. But we all have the power to demand better from one another and from ourselves. We have the power to heal and change the world by the words we use.”
The public awareness campaign follows Isaiah Washington's highly-publicized behind-the-scenes rift with outed cast member T.R. Knight. The messaging goes to the heart of the subject: Words are powerful. There probably will be some belly-aching within the gay e-telligentsia because the script refers to "sexual orientation" and does not say "gay", but, the spot reaches its objective.
One more thing. Isaiah Washington's future at Grey's Anatomy is not certain. Last month we ran an item that suggested the actor was being written out the series. New reports suggest that may the case ...
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