“Star Trek” icon George Takei expressed worries about the “chilling” Olympic Games in Sochi on February 20. He told Gay Star News that he was left with the reminder of the 1936 Olympics in Germany, when “the Olympic committee provided an international platform for Adolf Hitler.”
The 76-year-old admitted to having tuned in to some of the games in Sochi, despite strongly believing that a country with an anti-gay propaganda law in place shouldn’t be able to host the Olympics.
“I’m not saying a holocaust against gays is going to happen, but this man is in need of a scapegoat,” he told GSN. “Russia’s economy is in the pits. And they overspent on this Olympics.”
“[The IOC is] absolutely spineless. We said all of this is happening and they said, ‘No, let me assure you. We’re confident that there will not be discrimination.’ They were bamboozled by Putin.”
The openly gay actor, who submitted a petition with nearly 200,000 signatures to the International Olympic Committee last year, added that the Russian president is a dangerous man.
“The Russians are taunting the IOC with the homophobic laws that they pass,” Takei told HuffPost TV in August 2013, when discussing the petition.
He later added, “We have to remember that Putin was a member of the KGB [the Soviet Union’s internal security and secret police]. He has already demonstrated that kind of macho, dictatorial attitude.”
Takei voiced his hope that attention would remain on Russia’s policies following the end of the Olympics on Sunday, February 23, adding that it would be “irresponsible” to ease the pressure on Putin post-games.