Isaiah Washington's PSA: Are you buying this?

In today’s edition of Celebrity Redemption, Grey’s Anatomy doc Isaiah Washington is making the rounds with a public service announcement promoting, yep, tolerance.

No, really. (Check it out below, then see what PopWatch thought of it, after the jump.)

In the 30-second spot, which debuted last night during a Grey‘srerun, Washington stands illuminated against a plain backdrop, spoutingoff about cruel words, and how they hurt people, and blah, blah, blah.The whole thing seems gloriously canned. (I’m taking bets — didshowrunner Shonda Rhimes pen lines like, "words have power… the powerto express love, happiness, and joy?" Or was it Washington’spublicist?) Throughout the entire PSA, presented by GLAAD, Washingtonmaintains an intense "I want to hurt someone" glare generally reservedfor preening bodybuilders. (Yes, I watch a lot of Schwarzenegger TVbios. So?)  When he lectures that "We all have the power to demandbetter from one another, and ourselves," my finger starts demanding toclick the remote. I’ve watched this spot seven times, and not once haveI seen anything that looks to me like genuine remorse.

In response to the slur Washington lobbed at co-worker T.R. Knight — notonce, but twice — ABC’s should have dealt with him away from the public eye, whether it be throughthe actor’s suspension, rehabilitation, or even just a (very) strongtalking-to. The media circus that ABC’s and Washington’s publicistsallowed this situation to become, culminating in his stiff,unconvincing PSA, makes a mockery of what had been avery serious situation. (Next up: Don Imus pops up in one of those"Come to Rutgers!" ads that air during televised college sports games!)Washington’s co-star Katherine Heigl might’ve said it best: "He needsto just not speak in public."

What do you all think? Am I being too harsh? And seriously, did NBC’s"The More You Know" team choose this tinkly background music?

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  • Jason Bonkers

    I’m not buying. The man is a straight up hypocrite trying to do damage control.

  • Tim Lade

    Spot on Karen! Spot. On!

  • Ep Sato

    It’s totally NBC “one to grow on” calibur, and Washington doesn’t seem to show much emotion, but at least it’s something. It doesn’t let him off the hook, but it’s good that Washington’s speaking out against hate.
    Growth and redemption are human traits. We don’t have to like Washington, but should applaud the fact that dude is trying to grow as a human being. If a person’s really willing to change their ways, doesn’t that earn them a little teensy bit of forgiveness?
    Washington’s sincerity is still up in the air. If he dedicates himself to teaching tolerance for the rest of his career, we’ll know he’s a changed man. If he starts acting a fool again, then we’ll know othwerwise.
    That’s one to grow on…

  • Dave

    Saw it on my local news last night. I agree 100%–it’s almost robotic the way he shows absolutely no remorse and looks like he’d rather be anywhere else. His constant blinking and facial tics are extremely distracting too.

  • rebecca

    it’s sad that the whole controversy is brought up again, and that washington is now supposedly “remorseful,” and yet he shows absolutely no remorse in this ad. He’s like a robot, there’s no emotion at all. I’m not buying it.

  • Lene

    The eyes, the tone of voice, posture, everything about it makes him seem really, really pissed…

  • Lene

    The eyes, the tone of voice, posture, everything about it makes him seem really, really pissed…

  • Ceballos

    It just doesn’t make any sense. He’s such a good actor, but this is, by far, the least convincing performance of his career.
    What I’m saying is that even if he doesn’t mean anything he’s saying and is JUST doing it for career rehab, you’d think he’d be a lot more convincing.

  • tiamria

    I dont know, I think it seems genuine. And I have to believe people can change, because if they can’t, then what’s the point? I applaud him for at least opening his mind to the possibility of change.

  • Ceballos

    It just doesn’t make any sense. He’s such a good actor, but this is, by far, the least convincing performance of his career.
    What I’m saying is that even if he doesn’t mean anything he’s saying and is JUST doing it for career rehab, you’d think he’d be a lot more convincing.

  • Jenn

    Without referencing his own personal experience, this just comes off as a lie. Would it be so terrible to say something like: “I learned from experience that words hurt people more we expect. We may not realize it, but our words can spread hate through the world. etc etc. Please join me in making a change.” Plus, the guy’s an actor, he should at least be able to make himself appear remorseful! I am disapointed in this, it just serves as a reminder of the whole situation.

  • jim

    Who knew calling gay people names could get you into trouble? It’s about time.
    To be fair, who hasn’t said something the don’t believe to keep their job?

  • jim

    Who knew calling gay people names could get you into trouble? It’s about time.
    To be fair, who hasn’t said something the don’t believe to keep their job?

  • Sara

    They just keep bringing this mess up. He apologized. He went to sensitivity training. At some point they just have to let it blow over, and that won’t happen if they keep making him atone for the same mistakes. It’s just reopening the same wound.

  • ericalina

    i thought i couldn’t care less about a story than i do the rosie/elisabeth show, and yet remarkably, here i am, caring less.

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