After getting pilloried on social media today for referring to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as a “clown in black face,” Hollywood has-been George Takei took to Facebook to…double down on his comments. Seriously:
“‘Blackface’ is a lesser known theatrical term for a white actor who blackens his face to play a black buffoon,” Takei wrote. “In traditional theater lingo, and in my view and intent, that is not racist.”
Dude. DUDE. Yes, yes it is. That’s kind of the definition of racist. You essentially called the only black member of the U.S. Supreme Court a race traitor for the crime of stating that…dignity and humanity are bestowed on mankind by God, not government. And then to top it all off, you also explicitly likened him to a “black buffoon.”
“I feel Justice Thomas has abdicated and abandoned his African American heritage,” Takei continued, “by claiming slavery did not strip dignity from human beings.”
For starters, that’s not what Thomas claimed at all. Only an addled drama queen with severely limited reading comprehension and a desire to assume the worst about people who disagree with him could have come to that conclusion (for those who may have been triggered by this sentence, “drama queen” is a lesser known theatrical term for an emotional headcase with no perspective and a crippling case of narcissism).
And who in their right mind, while claiming to totally not be a dirty racist, says things like, “[That black man] abdicated and abandoned his African American heritage”? Seriously, who does that? Clarence Thomas can no more “abdicate” his heritage as an African-American than Rachel Dolezal can claim that heritage for herself.
Where in the world does George Freaking Takei get off deciding that he’s the new arbiter of American blackness? In what universe does that make any sense?
As of this afternoon, there had been a near-universal progressive blackout of Takei’s black face comments about Thomas. Now that he’s doubled down and declared that 1) the term “black face” totally isn’t racist you guys, and 2) Thomas is a race traitor, pretending that Takei isn’t willfully peddling racism is going to get a whole lot more difficult.