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Grey's Anatomy wins surprise gay award

Grey's Anatomy

Review by Jack Foley

MEDICAL drama Grey’s Anatomy has been recognised by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) despite being at the centre of a gay slur controversy at the beginning of the year.

The Alliance demanded an apology in January after one of the top-rated US show’s main stars, actor Isaiah Washington, allegedly used a derogatory term about his co-star TR Knight last year.

Washington was reprimanded by the network ABC for repeating the term as he denied the event had ever taken place while celebrating the show’s success at the Golden Globes.

He has since attended counselling and apologised for his behaviour, while TR Knight has been forced to come out and explain the situation from his point of view.

Washington said the slur was “unacceptable in any context or circumstance” and said of himself: “I can no longer deny to myself that there are issues I obviously need to examine within my own soul, and I’ve asked for help.”

Ironically, the controversy was just one of several that have threatened to undermine the show’s success. Another of the show’s stars, Katherine Heigl, was involved in a rumoured pay dispute earlier this year, while plans for a spin-off series involving the character of Addison Montgomery (played by Kate Walsh) also allegedly created jealousy among some of its stars.

Nevertheless, the show took the GLAAD award for outstanding individual episode at its annual awards, which seek to recognise mainstream media for their “fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community”.

The awards are split into four ceremonies in cities across the US and further accolades were bestowed at the Los Angeles ceremony upon Ugly Betty, for outstanding television comedy series, and Oscar winner Little Miss Sunshine, which was named best film.

Former Friends actress Jennifer Aniston won the Vanguard Award for her efforts to increase “visibility and understanding” of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.