Razing Arizona

by Christopher Paul on February 24, 2014

George Takei, yes, that George Takei on Arizona’s proposed ’Jim Crow’ law on LGBTs in the name of “freedom”:

So let me make mine just as clear. If your Governor Jan Brewer signs this repugnant bill into law, make no mistake. We will not come. We will not spend. And we will urge everyone we know–from large corporations to small families on vacation–to boycott. Because you don’t deserve our dollars. Not one red cent.

And maybe you just never learn. In 1989, you voted down recognition of the Martin Luther King holiday, and as a result, conventions and tourists boycotted the state, and the NFL moved the Superbowl to Pasadena. That was a $500 million mistake.

So if our appeals to equality, fairness, and our basic right to live in a civil society without doors being slammed in our face for being who we are don’t move you, I’ll bet a big hit to your pocketbook and state coffers will.

You can add Arizona to a, sadly, growing list of states I refuse to provide tourist dollars in the name of personal freedom, equality, and the 21st century.

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