George Takei: Justice Clarence Thomas Is a "Clown in Blackface"

George Takei P 2015
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George Takei P 2015

The actor criticized Thomas for his dissent on the Supreme Court's marriage-equality ruling.

George Takei got heated when speaking to Phoenix's Fox 10 News about Justice Clarence Thomas' dissent on the Supreme Court's legalization of same-sex marriage last week.

"He is a clown in blackface sitting on the Supreme Court," said Takei. "He gets me that angry.

"For him to say slaves had dignity ... I mean, doesn't he know slaves were chained? That they were whipped on the back?" said Takei in the interview, while standing next to his husband.

Thomas' dissent argued that the government can't take away human dignity.

"Slaves did not lose their dignity (any more than they lost their humanity) because the government allowed them to be enslaved," wrote Thomas. "Those held in internment camps did not lose their dignity because the government confined them."

The Star Trek actor and gay-rights activist brought up the movie 12 Years a Slave and the rape scenes in the film.

"My parents lost everything that they worked for in the middle of their lives in their 30s," continued Takei, who was held in a Japanese-American internment camp when he was young. "My father's business, our home, our freedom. And we're supposed to call that dignified?"

"This man does not belong on the Supreme Court. He is an embarrassment. He is a disgrace to America."