George Takei, the openly “gay” activist and Hollywood actor known for his decades-old role in the TV series “Star Trek,” issued a scathing criticism against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, calling him a “clown” for failing to vote with the majority on the Supreme Court’s “gay” marriage case.
“He is a clown in blackface sitting on the Supreme Court,” Takei said, in an interview with Fox 10. “He gets me that angry.”
Takei made the comments in context of discussing the court’s 5-4 ruling that now compels states to allow same-sex marriage, and Thomas’s dissent. But he then went off on a tangent about racism and slavery, referencing the dissent Thomas wrote.
Thomas, in his opinion, spoke of the “inherent worth” of all humans in God’s eyes, and wrote: “That vision is the foundation upon which this Nation was built. The corollary of that principle is that 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..”
Takei took offense at the slavery reference.
“For him to say slaves had dignity,” Takei said, the Hill reported. “I mean, doesn’t he know slaves were chained? That they were whipped on the back?”
He also recounted his own family’s experiences with internment, saying in an op-ed for MSNBC he was “only a child when soldiers with bayonetted rifles marched up our driveway in Los Angeles, banged on our door and ordered us out. … To say that the government does not bestow or grant dignity does not mean it cannot succeed in stripping it away through the imposition of unequal laws and deprivation of due process. At the very least, the government must treat all its subjects with equal human dignity.”
Takei wrapped his interview with Fox 10 by blasting Thomas as unfit for court service.
“This man does not belong on the Supreme Court,” he said. “He is an embarrassment. He is a disgrace to America.”