George Takei Takes On Kim Davis Supporters On Social Media: ‘This Woman Is No Hero’

Regina Avalos

George Takei is not a fan of Kim Davis. According to the Raw Story, the star of Star Trek decided to share his opinion of the Kim Davis situation on his Facebook page following her release from jail, and the subsequent rally, on Tuesday.

Kim Davis spent the Labor Day weekend in jail after she decided to break a court order making it clear that she needed to follow the law and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples that came to her office in Kentucky.

However, she has made her stance on same-sex marriage clear. It goes against her religious beliefs. When she once again denied a same-sex couple a marriage license, the judge sent her to jail.

Her time behind bars ended on Tuesday after Mike Huckabee and other political figures spoke up for her. Huckabee stood by her side on Tuesday afternoon at the rally celebrating her release. Takei called the rally "a circus" on his Facebook, but that is not all he said about the situation.

"Well this is a bit of a circus. So let us be clear: This woman is no hero to be celebrated. She broke her oath to uphold the Constitution and defied a court order so she could deny government services to couples who are legally entitled to be married. She is entitled to hold her religious beliefs, but not to impose those beliefs on others. If she had denied marriage certificates to an interracial couple, would people cheer her? Would presidential candidates flock to her side? In our society, we obey civil laws, not religious ones. To suggest otherwise is, simply put, entirely un-American."

This is not the first time Takei has spoken up about gay rights on his social media accounts or elsewhere. The actor has become a very vocal supporter of gay rights in recent years. In 2005, he came out as a gay man, and he married his partner, Brad Altman, in 2008.

After the Supreme Court ruled on gay marriage in June, Takei made some comments about Clarence Thomas. The Supreme Court justice was one of the four against gay marriage, and Takei called Thomas a "a clown in blackface." Thomas had spoken about gay marriage in relation to internment and racism. This is something that is hot button topic for the actor. He spent four years in a Japanese internment camp as a child. However, Takei decided to apologize for his remarks, according to NBC News.

"I recently was asked by a reporter about Justice Clarence Thomas's dissent in the marriage equality cases, in which he wrote words that really got under my skin, by suggesting that the government cannot take away human dignity through slavery, or though internment. In my mind that suggested that this meant he felt the government therefore shouldn't be held accountable, or should do nothing in the face of gross violations of dignity. When asked by a reporter about the opinion, I was still seething, and I referred to him as a "clown in blackface" to suggest that he had abdicated and abandoned his heritage. This was not intended to be racist, but rather to evoke a history of racism in the theatrical arts. While I continue to vehemently disagree with Justice Thomas, the words I chose, said in the heat of anger, were not carefully considered."

However, he admits that he has some help managing his social media accounts. At first, he and his partner, Brad, handled his social media postings, but now he has people that help him stay on top of things. He now has over 10 million Twitter and Facebook followers.

Yahoo! Tech shared Takei's comments about social media last month.

"I'm not in front of the computer all day long. Brad took over, and now we have a whole staff that helps out, and I spend the weekend commenting on them. It used to be a pop-and-pop shop — rather than a mom-and-pop — but we have become a major industry. The thing about social media is it's very democratizing. But the dark side can be very hurtful. Initially, the optimistic view was that social media was a chance to expand the town square, to a global town square where we can share ideas. But then the underbelly appeared. When [trolls] organize, they become a real threat to vulnerable people."

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