#HashItOut with Franchesca Ramsey - Backlash Over Jesse Williams's BET Awards Speech

July 7, 2016 - Xiuhtezcatl Martinez 07/07/2016 Views: 4,265

Franchesca Ramsey addresses a petition to fire Jesse Williams from "Grey's Anatomy" after the actor called out racism and police brutality in a speech at the BET Awards. (4:01)

Welcome back!

Now, these days,social media has the power

to make and break careersin the blink of a retweet.

So here to catch us up on who'smaking waves online this week

is Nightly Show contributorFranchesca Ramsey

with another installmentof Hash It Out.

-♪ -(bird tweets)

Thanks, Larry.

Last week, I got my life fromJesse Williams' powerful speech

at the BET Awards.

(cheering and applause)

In it, he encouraged blackpeople to continue the fight

to end police brutality.

But not everybody enjoyedthe speech.

This past weekend,a petition demanding

Jesse Williams be firedfrom ABC's Grey's Anatomy

collectedover 25,000 signatures.

Wait, 25,000 white peoplewere watching the BET Awards?

(cheering and applause)


Here's a snippetof the petition's description.

"Jesse Williams releaseda cascade

"of inappropriate,unprofessional,

"and racist commentary

"against police officersand Caucasians.

"I have been watching allof Shonda's shows since day one,

"and it kills meto take this stand,

but it is a necessary evil."

All of Shonda's showssince day one? Really?

Even Off the Map?

You didn't even knowthat was a Shonda show, did you?


No one did.

I guess you missed the Grey's episode about white privilege,

or the Ferguson-inspired episodeof Scandal,

or How to Get Away with Murder

where Viola Davis takes offher wig, which, to be fair,

didn't really have anythingto do with racism,

but that scene wasblack as hell.

(laughter,applause and cheering)

But then, Shonda hit the haterswith this tweet.

"Um, people?Boo don't need a petition.


(applause and cheering)

Now is she saying"Shondaland rules,"

or is she talkingabout the rules of Shondaland?

'Cause there are a lotof rules in Shondaland.

Like, no white after Labor Dayunless you're Olivia Pope.

You will give Viola Davisall the awards.

And don't talk back to Shonda

unless you want to end up doingkitty litter commercials.

I see you, Katherine Heigl.

(laughter,applause and cheering)

But this commenttakes the loud and wrong cake.

"Jesse Williams'comments were racist,

"and should be firedfrom Grey's Anatomy.

I will no longer watchany Rhonda Rhimes show."


Ma'am, who is Rhonda Rhimes?!

Is that a cross betweenRonda Rousey and LeAnn Rimes?


Oh, is this a show abouta kickboxing country singer?

BET just got 25,000more white viewers.

(applause and cheering)

Look, this entire petitionand everyone who signed it

is a seven-layer bean dipof nope.

If you think speaking out

against police brutalityis anti-cop,

does that means killingblack people is pro-cop?

Of course not!

Jesse Williamsdoesn't hate cops,

and he doesn't hatewhite people.

He, like all of us should,

hates the brutal murdersof black people by police

who use their fearto inform their force.

(cheers and applause)

Let's focus our angeron the real issue.

You want to fire Jesse Williams?

How about we fireall those racist cops

and send their asses to jail?

(applause and cheering)

And let's...

And let us let the good copsdo their jobs.

-Yes. -Yeah.-(applause and cheering)

And Jesse can continueto save lives

and give me lifeon Thursday nights.

-(applause and cheering)-Franchesca Ramsey, everybody!

We'll be right back.