Since coming out, George Takei, Star Trek’s original Sulu, has been an outspoken proponent for gay rights and issues. And this week has made a new video to take on the issue of gay bullying and quite emphatically taking on an Arkansas school board official who made news last week for comments he made about gay teens. Watch the video below, plus another video from Star Trek’s Zachary Quinto.
Takei takes on bullying
Over the last month there has been a campaign in response to recent suicides of a number of bullied gay teenagers. The “It Gets Better” campaign tries to help reach teens considering suicide to get them help. The campaign has had the support of many celebrities (including Zachary Quinto), but the vice-president of a School Board in Arkansas named Clint McCance made news when he took to his Facebook page to complain about the campaign and to go as far as to say he hoped all gay teens killed themselves. He has since resigned but the whole thing just didn’t sit well with George Takei, who put out this video which has already gone viral (note video contains harsh language).
Another Star Trek celebrity who has made a video in support of the It Get’s Better campaign is the new Spock, Zachary Quinto. Here is his video from last month.
Regardless of your views, I hope that everyone, and certainly every Trekkie, can agree that preventing teen suicides is a good thing.