Girls Write Out
Wednesday, June 20, 2007

I'm annoyed. I mean, really annoyed. Artists are known for having hissy fits. It's part of their (our)nature. I'm certainly not above it. So when Isaiah Washington (the actor who plays Burke on Grey's Anatomy) threw a hissy fit, the writers have their own hissy fits and cut him from the storyline. Hello??? They're already losing my other favorite character, Kate Walsh (Addison Shepherd) to her own show -- which I will watch. Grey's I'm not so sure.

I must ask you writers, why is Isaiah not entitled to his own hissy fit? He's an ARTEEST!! Don't let the product suffer by having your own hissy fit -- that's called cutting off your nose to spite your face. I mean, is there someone out there who isn't completely grossed out by the whole Izzie/George plotline? YUCK! It's like watching brother and sister. And men, the chances of Izzie being with George or Seth Rogan in "Knocked Up" are extremely low, FYI.

So anyway, Isaiah throws a hissy fit and calls the George character a gay slur. Granted, that's not going to make for a grand working relationship, but ACT, all right? They can ACT nicely to each other. Where is the storyline without Burke? McDreamy is boring. Meredith Grey is neurotic. Addison is leaving. George as a sex symbol, people!! That's just wrong. I mean, have your hissy fits, and go back to work like the rest of us have to! Isaiah's entitled to his opinion -- it's not like he's lived his life without some prejudice aimed at him -- and by the way, I don't think it was an opinion, I think he was just ticked off. It happens. So here's the thing, without Isaiah and Kate, the only interesting characters are Miranda Bailey and Christina Yang -- and Yang without Burke, it's just not right! There's no Ying!

Producers for the show are saying that Isaiah caused the show a lot of embarrassment. Please. You're a TV hospital show where half the doctors end up in a storeroom without their clothes on -- and Isaiah embarrasses you? Rick Springfield was doing this 20 years ago on General Hospital. A moment of silence for Dr. Noah Drake. The thing that bugs me about all this is Hollywood only cares about hissy fits when someone doesn't believe exactly as they do. It's McCarthyism in the modern day. You can be anti-Bush, but you better not be anti-gay or anti-(choose your ethnicity). You can be pro-abortion, but you can't believe life before nine months is sacred. You can fly all over the place in a private jet, but Lord forbid you take the Hummer out for a spin.

I'm just sick of the bullying. If people are so tolerant in Hollywood, where's the tolerance for Isaiah? Why can't he be forgiven? We forgave these people:

Tom Cruise on the Today Show and his Anti-meds rant

Dixie Chicks anti-Bush comments in Europe

Mel Gibson's Drunken anti-Semite comments

Young Hollywood's Apparent Underwear Shortage

Brad Pitt dumping Jennifer Aniston for a tattooed, serial adopter
(My husband won't let me bring home a puppy!)

Grey's, get over yourself, you are not the litmus test for morality. Lest you think I care that much about Grey's, I'm just so sick of the bullying that goes on if you have an opinion and it's not what it's supposed to be. People are raised differently, they think differently -- it's allowed.

posted at 8:26 PM  
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At 2:02 AM, Blogger Anna Marie said...

What you said here is very true!
Rock on girl!
And it's a lovely Picture of you by the way.:)

At 7:53 AM, Blogger Jaime said...

I second that motion.
You put my thoughts on paper. Sometimes I wish I was a Hollywood star just to mess with their minds and make them mad at my beliefs. Oh, well. I suppose that wouldn't be the greatest testimony either, but it'd sure be funny!

Now the day Kiefer Sutherland gets booted (though he doesn't seem to say anything controversial) is the day I'll start picketing outside of FOX. *sigh*

At 9:17 AM, Blogger Katy McKenna said...

Kristin--Dang, girl! I've never even seen an episode of Grey's, and I'm right there with you. I bet you never get criticized for not having found your "voice," do you???? :)

Katy McKenna

At 10:13 AM, Blogger Anna said...

The problem I have with the firing of Isaiah is I supposed to believe that on the set of Grey's, no one has ever been unkind, no one has ever gotten angry and said something they shouldn't have, no one has ever been selfish or arrogant? I'm pretty sure that everyone messes up (and usually they don't get kicked to the curb over it). I just cannot understand why is a greater offense. I think the people at Grey's are playing with fire and I'm a little bit mad that I even care.

At 11:00 AM, Blogger fuzza said...

i know i haven't been around a whole lot lately (i've been reading via RSS and not commenting), but....


so what if he made a comment, and anyway, it was like 8 months ago wasn't it? like, ages ago!!!!!
and the show won't be good with out him or addison... and meh, i think i'm going to go and watch private practice instead of grey's (and let's face it, it DID deteriorate this season with all the utter rot they had in the storylines.... izzie and george? meredith 'dead' for several hours, yet back at work next episode with no repercussions... yeah right!!!!)

i'm rather annoyed that isaiah got fired, he was about my favourite character.
now i shall be off to watch private practice come september, and possibly NOT grey's anatomy...

(oh yeah, and this is BETHANIE FROM AUSTRALIA, using my boyfriends login since he checked his gmail on my computer the other day and i forgot my password anyway).

At 12:44 PM, Blogger Sally said...

Preach it sister! I don't watch Grey's either, but I agree with your take...of course, I still haven't completely forgiven the Dixie Chicks...their CDs are gathering dust at my house!

At 12:55 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Did you hear what the cast said publicly ABOUT Isaiah after the incident? That seemed worse to me.

No, Katy, I don't often get accused of "missing my voice". Maybe people asking me to quiet it, but never that. : )

At 2:23 PM, Blogger Amy said...

I never understood the RAGE that existed in the online fan community after this incident. I liked Burke in the beginning, but I kind of hate all of the characters (except for maybe Callie) after this season.

I actually really like the Meredith character but they've been killing her with more sorrow than one human should have to take and that break-up with McDreamy came from nowhere and felt too contrived for my taste.

Private Practice seems a bit, er, dull and sex-obsessed so far, but I do love Amy Brenneman, so I hope it gets better.

The ABC show I'm looking forward to is Pushing Daisies. I've been watching Wonderfalls on DVD this summer and what a little gem that show was. Too bad it didn't last.

At 2:59 PM, Blogger jec said...

Agree with you on Isaiah! There won't be much of a show left.

However, I was disappointed to see you refer to Angelina Jolie as a "serial adopter" as if she does it just for the heck of it. I can assure you that adoptive parents whether they live in Hollywood or Anywhere, USA do it because they long to be parents and share the love they have in their hearts. Don't get me wrong I don't agree with Brad leaving his wife for another woman, but that is no reason to question Angelina's motives for adoption. Just like her, I have been blessed by the Lord to experience motherhood through adoption and birth and am thankful every day that God chose me to be mother to both of my children. What's sad is if she chooses to never acknowledge where her blessings come from and accept Jesus as her Savior and be adopted into His family.

At 3:43 PM, Blogger Betsy Ann said...

Great post, I so can't stop laughing over "serial adopter". LOL Very, very nice.

At 4:54 PM, Blogger Brittanie said...

Kristin I agree with you completely (except for Angelina Jolie). I loveee Burke. I may not watch Grey's in the Fall either. I am def. not watching the spin off. I was very mad after the season finale. Surely they could have handled it better?

At 6:43 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Seriously girls, do you think that Angelina is balanced enough to have all those kids? I mean, I have four and it's nuts around here! And do you remember the blood-wearing gal who allowed her husband to publicly fondle her and talk about their sex life? I don't know, sort of scares me for the kids. Of course, people could say the same for mine, I'm sure.

At 8:43 PM, Blogger allen said...

I agree with what you said about Hollywood, but the whole "Artists and hissy fits"...come on. I'm an artist and I don't have hissy fact, ask my wife or anyone who knows me and they'll attest to no hissies.

The nice thing about Gibson is that he made no excuses, went to several rabbis for forgiveness and saught help with his drinking. Nice to see that for a change.

Oh, and the whole "Knocked Up" movie a guy, I wouldn't want her either. Kinda skanky, don't ya think?

At 11:01 PM, Blogger Shauna said...

Amen, to everything Kristin!

Grey's without Burke?? Or Christina and Burke? No Addison? George and Izzy??

I'm not liking this one bit! Is it even going to be worth my time next season?

At 1:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Kristin,
I love this post. I became addicted to Greys last season and spent many weekends catching up on Seasons 1 and 2. I hate it when shows cut out main, essential characters, and the reason Washington is going just doesn't seem right. But really, where is the next year going? The season finale was a little weird. Everyone was so lost and confused and hello...Merdith's other sister enters the picture??? Interested in seeing what drama will come with that. and no matter how popular Kate is with the fans on greys a spinoff never seems to be a good idea especially when the parent show is still running.

On a total unrelated note. I just finished She's All That and loooooooved it! Can't wait to read the other ones.

At 10:07 AM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

You hit the nail on the head. It IS bullying. And, like you said, they bully you when your opinion doesn't match up to theirs.

Angelina? Kristin's right, IMO. Angelina is NOT just some magnanimous child helper and lover. She has some BIG issues and DEEP problems. I'd characterize her as a husband stealer. And lots more. She and Brad have publicly said they'll get married when anybody can marry anybody. You KNOW what their agenda is. If you understand public relations (I have a degree in mass communications), you can discern their motives. PR teaches you to make a big hype about something, anything, usually something good and benefitting to the public, and THEN you lower the boom--what you're trying to REALLY promote. THAT'S what they're doing.

But my heart goes out to them and to all the other poor dears who don't know Christ. Paris. Britney. Lindsay. Etc. They're searching for what we've got: Christ's love. They're trying to find it in sex, drugs, riotous living, lesbianism, hedonism, narcissism, etc., all counterfeits of the highest high and deepest love--Christ's.

Let us join hands and pray...

At 10:09 AM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

I don't watch Grey's Anatomy - the Meredith character completely annoys me - but I love your insight.

Preach it.

Great pic of you, too.

:) Rachel

At 10:44 AM, Blogger CHickey said...

Girl, I am with you! I'm not looking forward to the opening show. A first for me.

At 1:45 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I have to say, on an interesting note about Brad, I bet he thought he was in control when he left his wife for the other woman. Little did he know he'd be the father of four within a year...

Thinking you're in control and then not being in control...that so sucks!

At 1:33 PM, Blogger Amy said...

Angelina was a lot younger when she was crazy, I think she has issues, but I also think she's turned all of her energy into trying to do good by the world's standards and so I can't really hate her. I think there are many ways to look at that picture, but I can't really get worked up one way or another.

At 2:37 AM, Blogger Kayla said...

I just honestly cannot bring myself to care.

*reburies head in sand*

Now, if Kiefer leaves 24 or Hugh leaves House (kind of impossible), I will have a fit. After watching 24 for 6 seasons, I'm pretty used to characters getting axed. Although I still sniffle at every All State commercial.

At 7:38 AM, Blogger Lisa Jordan said...

Isaiah Washington apologized for his comments, did that public service announcement, and sought counseling. If they had planned to fire him all along, why not do it when it happened?

Burke walking out on Christina before their wedding seemed contrived, as does the horrid George/Izzie storyline that came out of NOWHERE!! It's beyond ick.

Kate Walsh adds a certain class to the show and I'm looking forward to Private Practice.

Meredith and Christina will be on a man-hating bender the first half of the season and sleeping with inappropriate men the second half. I hope this show doesn't jump the shark because it was very strong out of the gate.

At 6:47 PM, Blogger Amy said...

Confessional here,

I don't get the Addison love. Is it Kate Walsh love? Because the character of Addison cheated on her husband, claimed it was a one time thing to win him back when it really went on for awhile, aborted the baby of the man she had the affair with, and then used that same man to alleviate the pain of her first husband cheating on her. She may even be more screwed up than Meredith. At least Meredith's neurosis I can understand. Maybe they will explain Addison's in Private Practice.

If Derek has a relationship with Mer's sister I am so over this show.

At 10:24 PM, Blogger Emily said...

Can I just say that if he had made a slur about Christians they would have applauded him?!? The writers probably would have bought him his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! It is just a sad commentary on the times we live in. Cut the guy a little slack...he did all they asked him to do for pete's sake! All I have to say is that Grey's better be going somewhere since they killed all the good story lines in one felled swoop.

At 5:03 PM, Blogger upwords said...

They just like to string us along and then mess the shows up. It happens to me EVERY time. LOL


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