Like many in Hollywood, original "Star Trek" series star George Takei does not shy away from politics, especially when it comes to gay rights.
So it's probably no surprise that he not only is expressing strong opinions about the U.S. Congress, but he's also giving the Vulcan salute on campaign fundraiser invitations. But more on that last part in a second.
Takei told the National Press Club earlier this month that he felt Congress was the "national nuthouse." Congress did recently play a key role in shutting down the government in a federal budget standoff, but that's not exactly what Takei meant. At least not in the 1960s when he laid eyes on the Capitol building shortly after meeting civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr.
Yet, he feels the Congress of today keeps that name alive. Takei called Congress "a place where some wackos close down the government and drove hundreds of thousands of people out of work, and they turn around and say they are creating jobs," according to U.S. News. "These wackos that disrupt the funerals for military personnel who died abroad and then they say they are doing that to strengthen our military. It's absolutely absurd."
It can probably be assumed that Takei was referring to two different sets of people, since it is a fringe religious group that protests military funerals, not Congress.
Takei didn't stop there, however. He also had some strong words for the country hosting the 2014 Winter Olympic games, which banned open reference of gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgendered people to youth.
"Russia needs to be punished," Takei said. "The International Olympic Committee is spineless. They need to have some backbone, because they are charged with promoting the Olympic creed."
Russian President Vladimir Putin later said gays and lesbians would be welcome for the Olympics, although governments on the local level maintained they would enforce the anti-propaganda laws, even for those involved with the Olympics.
Takei showed up back in politics a little more recently, although it's not clear if he sanctioned it or not.
U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and two congressmen invited potential donors to a political fundraiser using Takei -- decked out in a tuxedo and flashing the Vulcan salute -- as the main photo inviting them in (see for yourself).
Takei has not responded to the report, which was first revealed on Politico, but it is possible Flake may have the actor's backing, despite his political affiliation.
Flake was one of a handful of Republican House members to vote to repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military. However, Flake has also supported a Constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage in 2004 and 2006.
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