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George Takei Brands Anti-Gay Lawmakers Heartless, Brainless, Cowardly Friends Of Dorothy

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George Takei in this new video brands Tennessee’s top three anti-gay lawmakers “Friends of Dorothy,” and calls them brainless, cowardly, and heartless to boot. Takei, who gained fame first as an actor on the original Star Trek, then later, after coming out, as an LGBT activist, coined the phrase, “If you can’t say gay, say Takei,” in response to those very lawmakers attempts to ban any conversation about homosexuality in Tennessee schools.

Takei singles out Tennessee Senator Stacey Campfield, who sponsored the “Don’t Say Gay” bill which is moving forward in both houses of the Tennessee legislature, despite the Governor’s request to shelve it. Campfield earned infamy recently by claiming it is “virtually impossible” to contract HIV/AIDS through heterosexual sex, and was later kicked out of a local restaurant for his anti-gay comments.

Takei also mentions Tennessee state Rep. John Ragan, a Southern Baptist, pro-life, anti-gay, anti-immigrant, anti-education Republican, who responded to a constituent’s letter asking him to oppose a now-infamous Tennessee bill that essentially delivers a license to bully to anyone who claims religious or moral prerogative by telling her that a gay person is not a “mentally healthy adult human being.”

And finally, in Takei’s trio of anti-gay lawmakers, he highlights the anti-LGBT attacks by Rep. Richard Floyd, who threatened physical violence against trans people, saying he would “stomp a mud hole” into them them if he saw one in a store dressing room. Just to protect his family, you see.

Takei also talks about his line of “It’s OK to be Takei” merchandise, which he says all proceeds go to charity.

Watch Takei’s video, “Tennessee Lawmakers: We Need To Chat,” in which he urges, “Keep having a Takei old time, especially in Tennessee.”

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Hat tip: Zack Ford at Think Progreess

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Hastings had donated $1.6 million to Biden’s successful 2020 election effort, and $100,000 to his re-election bid.

“After the depressing debate, we are in the game again,” Hastings told The Information. The tech and business site in an exclusive reported Tuesday that “Hastings said it was his biggest donation ever in support of a single candidate.”

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Hastings on Tuesday also posted on X, “Congrats to Kamala Harris — now it is time to win.”

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The crowd again booed.

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According to the Institute for Policy Studies’s Foreign Policy in Focus, the “America First” label “began to develop a racist, anti-Semitic, and xenophobic tone after World War I. The Ku Klux Klan, which surged to some five million members at that time, employed it frequently for its terrorist mobilizations. Like the Klan, nativist groups took up ‘America First’ as they used racist, eugenicist claims to press, successfully, for U.S. government restrictions on immigration. Appealing to an overheated nationalism, William Randolph Hearst used his newspaper empire to campaign, successfully, against U.S. participation in the League of Nations. Soon thereafter, he became a booster of other nationalist fanatics, the rising fascist powers.”

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