Actor George Takei is not shy about his anger towards Clarence Thomas in the wake of the Supreme Court justice's dissent in the court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide last week.
Takei, who is an advocate for gay rights and is himself gay, labeled Thomas a "clown in blackface" during an interview with Fox 10 Phoenix earlier this week.
"He is a clown in blackface sitting on the Supreme Court," explained a visibly rattled Takei. "He gets me that angry."
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The actor specifically pointed to a passage in Thomas' dissent during which the African-American justice referenced slavery.
"That vision is the foundation upon which this Nation was built," wrote Thomas. "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," Thomas continued in the dissent.
Takei slammed Thomas for suggesting that slaves and individuals held in internment camps had human dignity.
"For him to say slaves had dignity, I mean, doesn't he know that slaves were in chains, that they were whipped on the back?" exclaimed Takei. "If he saw the movie 12 Years a Slave, they were raped, and he says they had dignity as slaves?"
"My parents lost everything that they worked for in the middle of their lives, in their thirties. My father's business, our home, our freedom, and we're supposed to call that 'dignified'?" the actor followed, referencing his own time in a Japanese-American internment camp.
Takei insisted that Thomas does not "belong" among the justices of the Supreme Court.
"He is an embarrassment, he is a disgrace to America," he added.
Takei also took Thomas to task for his opinion in the case in an op-ed published in MSNBC earlier this week, discussing in detail his family's stay at the internment camp when he was a child.
"Justice Thomas need have spent just one day with us in the mosquito-infested swamplands in that Arkansas heat, eating the slop served from the kitchen, to understand that it was the government’s very intent to strip us of our dignity and our humanity," Takei wrote.
H/T The Hill