Jesse Williams got himself into some trouble online when he uploaded photos of Mamie Till grieving over her son Emmett Till in a manner influenced by Kaepernick’s Nike campaign.
Following a social media onslaught accusing him of being tone-deaf and misappropriating a tragic event for the sake of promoting his movie, the actor took to Twitter to release a lengthy apology.
The Grey’s Anatomy star, who recently went through a brutal divorce with his ex-wife, Aryn Drake-Lee, explained on his Twitter account that he didn’t mean to “make light of the tremendous tragedy.”
The star said he would never “pretend her being brutally tortured and executed was her ‘sacrifice.'” According to the small-screen star, he meant to highlight the sacrifices made by Mamie when she embarked on a “journey for justice.”
— jesse Williams. (@iJesseWilliams) September 25, 2018
In the conclusion of his short essay, Jesse admitted he failed to explain his actions properly, and his intentions didn’t shine through his tribute to Mamie and her child.
While he “stands for creative expression,” the actor remarked, not “every swing is going to be a home run.” As fans of the small-screen star know, he just finished directing, TiLL, co-produced by The View co-host, Whoopi Goldberg, who will also have a starring role.
Jesse is known for his statements on the plight of African-Americans, both in Hollywood as well as in broader society. However, his political activism isn’t always received as intended.
Previously, Jesse was dating Minka Kelly following his split from Aryn Drake-Lee. The actor and Aryn Drake-Lee fought over custody, with Drake-Lee complaining, in one court document, that he was too “busy playing celebrity soccer games” to take care of their children.