George Takei apologizes for comments about Supreme Court justice

George Takei Apologizes for Comments About SCOTUS Judge


George Takei has apologized for calling Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas a "clown in blackface."

"He is a clown in blackface sitting on the Supreme Court," Takei told KSAZ in Phoenix, Arizona.

Takei, best known for his role on "Star Trek," posted an apology on Facebook Friday.

"My choice of words was regrettable, not because I do not believe Justice Thomas is deeply wrong, but because they were ad hominem and uncivil, and for that I am sorry," Takei wrote.

I owe an apology. On the eve of this Independence Day, I have a renewed sense of what this country stands for, and how I...

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The anger came after hearing Thomas' dissent on the marriage equality ruling in which the judge argued that "slaves did not lose their dignity (any more than they lost their humanity) because the government allowed them to be enslaved. Those held in internment camps did not lose their dignity because the government confined them."

For Takei, who was held in an internment camp during World War II because of his Japanese American heritage and is a gay rights activist, those words struck the wrong chord.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 17: George Takei attends the press conference for The Japanese American National Museum's exhibition 'Instructions To All Persons: Reflections On Executive Order 9066' at Japanese American National Museum on February 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 20: Actor George Takei attends 'Star Trek: The Exhibition' at The Franklin Institute Science Museum on August 20, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Lisa Lake/Getty Images)
The space shuttle orbiter OV-101, aka 'Enterprise', is unveiled at the NASA/Rockwell International Space Division assembly plant at Palmdale, California, in the presence of the cast of hit tv show 'Star Trek', 17th September 1976. From left to right, NASA administrator Dr. James C. Fletcher, actors DeForest Kelley, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Leonard Nimoy, series creator Gene Roddenberry and actor Walter Koenig. (Photo by Space Frontiers/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: George Takei attends the 3rd Annual Sports Humanitarian Of The Year Awards at The Novo by Microsoft on July 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 17: George Takei attends the press conference for The Japanese American National Museum's exhibition 'Instructions To All Persons: Reflections On Executive Order 9066' at Japanese American National Museum on February 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Presenter George Takei speaks onstage at AARP's 16th Annual Movies For Grownups Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 6, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Actor George Takei attends AARP's 16th annual Movies For Grownups Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 6, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
CULVER CITY, CA - DECEMBER 02: Actors George Takei (L) and Masi Oka introduce The Fray onstage during the VH1 Big in '06 Awards held at Sony Studios on December 2, 2006 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - APRIL 27: Actors John Cho (L) and George Takei, each who has portrayed Hikaru Sulu in 'Star Trek,' attend the 43rd Anniversary Visionary Awards at the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City hotel on April 27, 2009 in Universal City, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
Actor George Takei (2nd L) (the 'Sulu' charactor on 'Star Trek') and partner Brad Altman (L) after they were married at the Japanese American National Museum on September 14, 2008 in Los Angeles. Fellow 'Star Trek' actors Walter Koenig (2nd R) and Nichelle Nichols (R) who participated in the ceremony follow. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 29: The James Doohan Farewell Star Trek Convention and Tribute at the Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood, United States on August 29, 2004 - Walter Koenig and George Takei. (Photo by Mike FANOUS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 4: George Takei as Commander Hikaru Sul in the movie, 'Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.' Release date, June 4, 1982. Image is a screen grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
Canadian actor William Shatner, AMerican George Takei, Nichelle Nichols and Robert Hooks on the set of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, directed by Leonard Nimoy. (Photo by Paramount Pictures/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 4: From left: George Takei as Commander Hikaru Sul and William Shatner as Admiral James T. Kirk in the movie, 'Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.' Release date, June 4, 1982. Image is a screen grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
DECEMBER 7: Actors George Takei, James Doohan, Grace Lee Whitney, Nichelle Nichols, Stephen Collins, DeForest Kelley, Majel Barrett, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Persis Khambatta, Walter Koenig pose for a portrait during the filming of the movie 'Star Trek: The Motion Picture' which was released December 27, 1979 in the United States. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 4: From left: Nichelle Nichols as Commander Uhura, DeForest Kelley as Dr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy, George Takei as Commander Hikaru Sulu in the movie, 'Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.' Release date, June 4, 1982. Image is a screen grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 3: From left: James Doohan as Chief Engineer Montgomery 'Scotty' Scott, DeForest Kelley as Dr. Leonard H. McCoy and George Takei as Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu on the Star Trek: The Original Series episode, 'Whom Gods Destroy.' Originally aired January 3, 1969. Image is a screen grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
Actors George Takei, Stephen Collins, Majel Barrett, Persis Khambatta, Grace Lee Whitney, William Shatner, James Doohan, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Walter Koenig and Michelle Nichols on the set of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, directed by Robert Wise. (Photo by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actor George Takei appears as Sulu in a scene from 'The Man Trap,' the premiere episode of 'Star Trek,' which aired on September 8, 1966. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 22: Sally Kellerman as Dr. Elizabeth Dehner, James Doohan as Montgomery 'Scotty' Scott, Paul Fix as Dr. Mark Piper and George Takei as Lt. Sulu in the STAR TREK episode, 'Where No Man Has Gone Before.' Season 1, Episode 3. Original air date, September 22, 1966. Image is a frame grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
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He remembered in an MSNBC op-ed the moment soldiers sent his family to the camps: "Our bank accounts were frozen, our businesses shuttered ... all because we happened to look like the people who had bombed Pearl Harbor."

He explained on Facebook he felt the dissent suggested the government shouldn't be held accountable for slavery or the camps, emphasizing the comment was "not intended to be racist."

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