It's always great when people are faced with bigotry and stupidity when they can make a totally joke out of it. A Tennessee Senate Committee, in all its infinite wisdom, has passed a bill that would restrict teachers from "provid[ing] any instruction or material that discusses sexual orientation other than heterosexuality." Now I doubt there were really many, if any, teachers who were discussing sexual orientation at all with any of their students, but even if they were, I don't see any reason why they shouldn't be able to. Homosexuality is something that is part of reality whether anyone likes it or not. And if it's part of reality, I don't see any good reason why it shouldn't come up in school. Teachers don't have to make any value judgments about it to merely talk about its existence. I think it would be a good thing to inform students that there are other kinds of sexualities in the world we live in. But learning about something like homosexuality is too much for Tennessee legislators, and they had to stop it from happening. Good job.
Now here's where the humor comes in. Enter stage right George Takei.
I think this is the perfect way to deal with the stupidity like the "Don't Say Gay" bill. Humor and ridicule can go a long way towards making people realize how ridiculous their position is. There is no guarantee that this will actually change their minds or their course of action, but I think it's a great way to handle it. Kudos to George Takei! It's okay to be Takei!