Shonda Rhimes responds to actor Jesse Williams BET speech backlash

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LOS ANGELES, CA - Jesse Williams, better known as Grey's Anatomy's "Dr. Jackson Avery", is known to heat up the TV screens with sexy physique.

But it is his fiery speech at the BET Awards last month burning up the internet.

In his "BET Humanitarian Award" acceptance speech, he spoke about "Black Lives Matter".

Williams criticized police brutality, stating "police somehow manage to deescalate, disarm and not kill white people everyday . . .  so I don't want to hear about how far we've come."

Although his passionate opinions on law enforcement were met with a standing ovation, it is the backlash he received online causing problems for the actor.

A petition asking to fire Jesse from Grey's for his "racist rant" has thousands of supporters.

The petition argues "a white person making the same speech about an African-American . . .  would have been fired and globally chastised."

The flip side clapped back with a dueling petition to "Keep Jesse Williams on Grey's Anatomy" is also supported by thousands.

This petition calls William's speech "a powerful and poignant speech about the many injustices African-Americans face."

Finally, Grey's Anatomy's producer Shonda Rhimes chimed in with a tweet saying "Um, people? Boo don't need a petition #ShondaLandRules."

Either way, looks like Rhimes is having the last word, which means Dr. Avery is free to practice keep heating up the O.R. on the screens.

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