Actor George Takei first earned fame for his role on Star Trek, but the gay actor is now a popular figure on the internet. He recently slammed Justice Clarence Thomas following the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage.
In his dissenting opinion, Thomas wrote, in part: “…Human dignity cannot be taken away by the government. Slaves did not lose their dignity (any more than they lost their humanity) because the government allowed them to be enslaved. Those held in internment camps did not lose their dignity because the government confined them. And those denied governmental benefits certainly do not lose their dignity because the government denies them those benefits. The government cannot bestow dignity, and it cannot take it away.”
In an op-ed for MSNBC, Takei called Thomas “clown in blackface sitting on the Supreme Court.” He slammed Thomas’ insensitivity to the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII - Takei and his family were interned under Executive Order 9066.
“My parents lost everything that they worked for in the middle of their lives, in their thirties. Their business, their home? We’re supposed to call that dignified? Marched out of our homes at gunpoint? He is an embarrassment. He is a disgrace to America!”
Takei added that Thomas didn’t belong on the Supreme Court and pointed out that Thomas’ marriage would have been illegal in some states prior to 1967, when the Supreme Court ruled in the case of Loving v. Virginia that banning interracial marriages was unconstitutional. Thomas’ wife is white.
“I cannot help but wonder if Justice Thomas would have felt any loss of dignity had the clerk’s office doors been shut in his face, simply because he was of a different race than his fiancée. It is a sad irony that he now enjoys the dignity of his marriage, equal in the eyes of the law to any others, while in the same breath proclaiming that the denial of marriage to LGBTs works no indignity,” Takei concluded.