Huh? 'Grey's Anatomy' Star Accused of Racism Because of an Emoji

TAORMINA, ITALY - JUNE 16:  Ellen Pompeo and Chris Ivery attend Day 4 of the 61st Taormina Film Fest on June 16, 2015 in Taormina, Italy.  (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images)

Huh? 'Grey's Anatomy' Star Accused of Racism Because of an Emoji

Ellen Pompeo claps back.

Published December 27, 2016

Ellen Pompeo was the latest victim of the internet crying racism, all over a tweet she intended to be "woke."

The long-time star of the hit Shonda Rhimes show Grey's Anatomy expressed her approval of A&E's decision to change the name of it's controversial KKK docuseries (which has since been canceled), but the emojis she used as part of her tweet rubbed a lot of people the wrong way.

Here's Pompeo's original tweet. Can you see what got folks so riled up?

Apparently, a lot of people have a problem with a white woman using the darker skin toned emojis. Before long, tweets were flying accusing Pompeo, who is married to a Black man and has two biracial daughters, of overstepping her white privilege:

Pompeo wasn't about to sheepishly back down from this fight. See her responses below:

So, are people right to get mad or is this a case of Twitter reaching too hard?

See how Shonda Rhimes stood up for another Grey's star with BET Breaks above.

Written by Evelyn Diaz

(Photo: Venturelli/Getty Images)


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