George Takei has backtracked on the "blackface" comments he made about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, in which the former "Star Trek" actor criticized the lone African-American on the court with the racial insult for his dissent in the ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.
An angry Takei insulted Thomas during an interview on KSAZ-TV June 30 in Phoenix while discussing the Supreme Court's ruling on Obergefell vs. Hodges, in which the panel decided 5-4 to legalize same-sex marriage in all states. Thomas' decision put him in the minority.
"He is a clown in blackface," Takei, who is openly gay, told the television station of Thomas' dissent. "He gets me that angry."
George Takei's take on Clarence Thomas
STRONG WORDS: “A clown in blackface” and “a disgrace to America” -- Gay activist George Takei’s take on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas after Same-Sex Marriage ruling.In his dissent Justice Thomas wrote: "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."READ MORE: http://www.fox10phoenix.com/story/29447447/2015/06/30/george-and-brad-takei-speak-out-about-gay-rights-marriage
Posted by FOX 10 Phoenix on Tuesday, June 30, 2015
The video, which received more than 500,000 views on KSAZ-TV's Facebook page
, spread quickly. After heavy criticism, Takei issued a statement on Facebook on Friday apologizing for the "blackface" comments.
"This was not intended to be racist, but rather to evoke a history of racism in the theatrical arts," Takei said. "While I continue to vehemently disagree with Justice Thomas, the words I chose, said in the heat of anger, were not carefully considered . . . My choice of words was regrettable, not because I do not believe Justice Thomas is deeply wrong, but because they were ad hominem and uncivil, and for that I am sorry."
Before the apology, Takei took some criticism from conservatives and liberals alike for the comment.
The blog HotAir.com wrote on Friday of Takei's comments
that "we've reached an interesting new turn on the path of progress when someone who's not black is once again entitled to tell a black man what to think and how to behave."
Others chimed in to criticize the remarks on social media.
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