“Star Trek” and “Heroes” actor George Takei, who in recent years has become an outspoken advocate for gay rights, has posted a video in response to Clint McCance, who recently resigned from the board of the Midland School District in northern Arkansas after his anti-gay remarks on Facebook were made public.
Commenting on the fact that several gay teens have committed suicide because they were bullied, McCance wrote, “Seriously, they want me to wear purple because five queers killed themselves. The only way I’m wearin’ it for them is if they all commit suicide. I can’t believe the people of this world have gotten this stupid. We are honoring the fact that they sinned and killed thereselves because of their sin. REALLY, PEOPLE.”
When he resigned, McCance stated, “I’m sorry I’ve hurt people with my comments. I’m sorry I made those ignorant comments and hurt people on a broad spectrum.”
In response, Takei in a video for the Trevor Project, a national suicide prevention organization, called McCance a “douchebag.”
“No person, let alone an elected school official, whatever their personal or religious beliefs, should ever wish death upon another human being. You apologized for your ‘poor choice in words,’ but you are always going to be a total douchebag,” said Takei
To victims of anti-gay bullying, Takei said, “It does get better and there is help out there. Call the Trevor Project lifeline at 866 4-U TREVOR and don’t listen to the douchebags of the world.”
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.