George Takei steered the Starship Enterprise into the great unknown through three television seasons and six Star Trek movies. So who better to steer the Trevor Project into new territory with the "It Gets Better" series?
The former Mr. Sulu has cropped up in the newest version of videos that the non-profit LGBTQ group has been running since the rash of suicides among gay teens began. And the Trekkie hero, who happens to be gay himself (married, even before Prop 8 temporarily suspended gay marriages in California), has pioneered a new era of "It Gets Better."
We've grieved ... will never stop grieving ... the loss of these kids. But it's time to start living again.
Takei went out guns blazing for Clint McCance, the vice president of the Midland School District in Arkansas who was forced to resign last month after posting on his Facebook page that he wished gay teens would commit suicide. McCance scoffed at the very reason behind the "It Gets Better" series -- that gay teen suicides are indeed an American problem, saying:
Seriously they want me to wear purple because five queers killed themselves. The only way im wearin it for them is if they all commit suicide. I cant 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.
It would have been a tearjerking video if George Takei simply shot back at McCance that he should never wish death upon anyone -- regardless of their lifestyle. But we've had enough tearjerking videos lately.
Instead, Takei said what we wanted to say to the world of gay bashers: "Mr. McCance, you are a douchebag." Wait, he says it better than we can:
That feels better, doesn't it? He simultaneously conquered two stages of grief for America: getting angry at the cause of the pain and making us smile to get past it.
Tomorrow, when we all wear red to fight teen suicide, we can grieve for the 5,000 teens who commit suicide each year. And we can push the "douchebags" who bully the love right out of our kids back into their holes.
This is how we get better, America.