Ellen Pompeo wants to be a part of the fight against racism — even if she sometimes gets pushback for it.
The “Grey’s Anatomy” star is set to appear in a candid conversation on Jada Pinkett Smith’s Facebook Watch series “Red Table Talk”.
In a clip from the interview released by People, Pinkett Smith asks Pompeo about the Twitter controversy that erupted in 2016 when backlash to her use of brown emojis in a tweet led her to lament…
Pompeo explains the context of the controversy, which involved her calling out A&E for a documentary series they were going to air called “Generation KKK”.
“So, A&E was going to put out this documentary about the KKK. And I had tweeted and was vocal, ‘This isn’t cool. You guys shouldn’t be making this kind of programming,’” Pompeo says. “I don’t care in what light that show is, the trailer that I saw was provocative and it was sensationalizing the KKK.”
She continues, “If you’re going to give those dudes money for burning crosses or whatever the f*** they do, that’s not okay for me for A&E.
“A&E walked it back, said ‘We’re sorry, we’re pulling it.’ So I was, like, black fist emoji, black power. I’m not appropriating culture. I’m just joining the fight.”
On the specific issue of “reverse racism” that Pinkett Smith asks about, Pompeo says, “If you call me a white bitch then isn’t that judging me on the colour of my skin? Why can’t I help a victory for black people because I’m white?”