Mr. Sulu set his phaser to “STUNNING” on Friday in an open letter condemning Arizona lawmakers’ decision to enter into the new, improved, Jim Crow era–where it’s not about the color of one’s skin…it’s what that person does in his or her love life that matters.
While it could be said that it’s nice to not see Arizona focusing entirely on “them darker skinned fellers” or forcing people to undergo invasive procedures to not find drugs they don’t have, for once, George Takei is right: the state’s lawmakers are simply replacing traditional Jim Crow with one of the few irrational expressions of hatred that is still legal: hating gay people.
On Monday, Takei appeared on Lawrence O’Donnell’s show to double down on his threatened boycott against the state if Governor Jan Brewer signs the ‘Jim Crow’ legislation into law. Arizona Democratic minority leader Chad Campbell told Takei that Arizonans aren’t all bad, and that the state legislature has been taken over by an extremist element–and begged Takei to visit Arizona despite the bigot issues. “The business community’s come out against it. We have a wide range of people that are opposing this bill. So don’t hold us all to the same standard, George, I beg you for that. Don’t think that we all are not open to anybody coming to our state and spending money here and living here and enjoying themselves here and raising a family here,” he said.
Campbell pledged to work with Takei and anyone else who is committed to ridding Arizona of the disease that is the fundamentalist bigot element of the legislature.
“It is not a religious freedom bill at all,” Takei told O’Donnell. “Ironically, their religious freedom is being well-protected by gays and lesbians in the military. And the economic vitality of Arizona is being contributed to by gays and lesbians. The so-called ‘religious freedom’ is just a cloak for prejudice, and they’re trying to write their prejudice into civil law, which you can’t do.”
Governor Jan Brewer has not said if she will sign the bill, but has hinted that her decision does not come down to equality or the proper treatment of an entire segment of Arizona’s population but, instead “the Super Bowl.”
The NFL has declined to state what will happen, but says that it is watching the situation closely. When Arizona refused to recognize Martin Luther King Day, the NFL moved the 1989 Super Bowl elsewhere.