These days, former “Star Trek” actor George Takei is as well-known for his hilarious Facebook page, where he regularly shares humorous images and memes, as he is for his role as Mr. Sulu. But on Tuesday, Takei got very serious about his life and the rights of others.
The actor, who is openly gay, wrote a brief but dynamic post about equality and tolerance and their importance in society. Takei knows a thing or two about intolerance; as a Japanese American, he spent four years in an internment camp as a child. His latest words on equality are below.
“Many on this page have commented that they are ‘sick’ of people talking about gay issues, or simply ‘don’t care’ if someone is gay and would rather they would kept it to themselves. I find this disheartening,” he began.
“There may come a day when we need not come out of the closet, and need not remind others of the terrible violence, inequity, and ostracism that LGBT people face daily simply because of who we are and who we love. But that day is not here, and more importantly will never get here, unless people continue to step forward and offer themselves as examples, often at great personal cost. I am called ‘faggot,’ ‘degenerate,’ ‘queer’ and ‘homo’ by misguided people every day of my life, even on my own page, but this does not discourage me. It only reminds me of how far we have to go.
“Once upon a time I was called a ‘Jap’ and put into a prison for four years with my entire family, for no reason other than who we were and who we looked like. It is my life’s mission to fight against the dark forces of fear and intolerance that could ever lead again to such an injustice.
“Thank you for taking the time to listen. The next time you feel fatigue from hearing about LGBT issues, ask yourself this: Do we live yet in the kind of society where violence, hate and prejudice is not an issue? Until we do, be part of the solution, and stand always for justice and equality for all people.”
His simple words and call to action are extremely powerful, and have already received more than 4 million “likes” on Facebook. Here’s hoping his message continues to reach millions around the world.