“It’s unfortunate that @nbc the same network that protected disgusting men like Matt Lauer and punished women for speaking out or not putting up with it…has not changed their practices or culture. I support @itsgabrielleu commitment to speaking up to injustice. It takes courage,” the Grey’s Anatmony actress penned on social media, referring to the ousted Today show hosted after allegations of sexual misconduct.
“This is a teaching moment..It’s important..white girls I’m talking to you..whether you truly understand what racial injustice is or not..that you stand with your sisters on the front lines. Don’t cut side deals & don’t not get involved because it isn’t your issue..because it is,” she continued. “Workplace cultures will continue to be toxic until there is unity and solidarity among all women. If you go for self in these moments you undermine the work we are out here trying to do. Obviously this network feels like they can operate like this and it’s okay.”
Without revealing specifics Pompeo also hinted at problems within her own show’s network, ABC, but revealed that network execs were sure to address wrongdoings.
“Also I feel important to mention our problems on the Greys set and every set has them…some kind of issue …there’s lots of people in a workplace.. point is… exec producers and the NETWORK @abc cared enough to help us make change support is crucial,” she tweeted.
Many celebrities echoed Pompeo’s sentiments, including singer Ariana Grande who tweeted, “be better @nbc. we’re with you @itsgabrielleu. 🖤.” And Will & Grace star Debra Messing, who has worked for NBC for several years, called out the network for its alleged behavior.
“This is disgusting behavior from a network that has been my professional home for decades. Yes, women become ‘difficult,’ when their insistence on a respectful and professional working environment, is ignored,” Messing wrote, adding, “Addressing a hostile work environment is inconvenient when there is a huge money making machine that is involved. It is cowardice, greed, and protection of the status quo revealed. Being ‘hands off,’ is inexcusable and reflects a laissez faire attitude toward systemic racism and sexism.”
Union appeared on the April 2019 digital cover of Glamour and spoke candidly about the pressure and pain of constantly having to stand up for herself and others amid social injustices. “Sometimes that is like, ‘Yeah, let’s fucking burn this motherfucker to the ground!’” she said. Other times, she added, “it can be crushing.”