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“Grey’s Anatomy” star Ellen Pompeo was among those leading the charge against A&E and its now-abandoned plan to air the documentary series “Generation KKK.” Days later, she was accused of racial insensitivity for using black emojis on Twitter.

It all started when A&E initially announced it’s original plan to change the show’s title. The actress thanked the network via Twitter for “caring enough to make changes.” She added black clapping and thumbs-up emojis to emphasize her point.


According to the blog Heat Street, a number of Twitter users took offense to the chosen hue of her emojis. One user, who has since set her account private, wrote: “It’s not fair to see a privileged white woman use [people of color] emojis just because you can.”

“It comes off as really obnoxious,” she added.

The actress replied:

When that tweet sparked further accusations of racism, Pompeo responded: It’s “sad to see racism is still alive and well on all sides.”

Her reference to “all sides” generated even more anger over her suggestion that she is a victim of reverse-racism. One person wrote: “reverse racism isn’t real. White people don’t experience racism.”

To which Pompeo replied:

Another tweeted: “SHUT UP, WHITE LADY.” She responded by pointing out that her husband Chris Ivery is black and she’s the mother to two biracial daughters.

But the accusations of racism continued, and eventually Pompeo just gave up trying to defend herself.

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